Match Report - Southern Electric Premier League Div 2 - 15th May 04
Ventnor v Lymington by Trevor Philips

Lymington 236 for 6
Ventnor 219 for 9

Whatham steers Lymo to Victory

Australian Karl Whatham made an immediate impact on the Southern Electric Premier League with a fine all-round performance on his Lymington debut at Ventnor.

Having waited three weeks to play his first competitive match, the 22 year old from Sydney led his new team to victory, scoring 80 and taking five wickets as Lymo beat their old Island rivals by 17 runs.

Whatham's innings provided the backbone of Lymington's 236 for 6. He arrived at the crease early on, having seen opener Glyn Treagus smash a rapid 20 in a frantic opening exchange. As the Ventnor bowlers found their line and length Whatham and Martin Hunt (29) weathered a tricky period of pressure, before Ben Craft upped the tempo with a typically brutal 43. A mini collapse saw Lymington dip to 158 for 5 before Whatham and Tom Peacock (22 not out) added a valuable 61 to help the Lymington total to 236 at tea.

The early part of Ventnor innings mirrored that of Lymington's with Hilum and Brown quick to dispatch any loose deliveries. They quickly advanced the score to 64 in just 12 overs before Whatham dismissed both openers in quick succession. Kiwi John Nelson was then run out for 12 to leave Ventnor reeling on 81 for 3. However, Westhorpe (42) and Archer (37) gleefully took advantage of some uncharacteristically wayward bowling from Lymington spinner Dan Peacock.

But with Ventnor well up with the run rate and looking threatening, Glyn Treagus came into the attack and transformed the match with a magnificent 12 over spell which conceded a measly 26 runs. Wickets began to tumble as the home side desperately tried to regain the initiative. Whatham (5 for 41) returned to the fray and grabbed 3 more wickets, and a tidy spell at the death from Mike West assured that Lymington returned to the mainland with a 17 run victory.


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