Match Report - Hants Regional Div 3SW - 5th June 2004
New Milton v Lymington IV by Mark Gannaway

Side Batting First: Lymington 203 for 3
Side Batting Second: Milford 171 all out

Having won only two games in May since the turn of the millennium, Lymington's fourth side were glad to turn the page of the calendar in the week leading up to this game. Encouraged by entering the month named after the queen of the Latin gods, Lymington decided to bat first, but the gods were definitely smiling on Ron Wilkins as he dived athletically to remove Steve Coltman (20). More torrid times followed, with only five scoring shots off Stuart Slade's eleven overs. The lack of wickets however would prove ultimately costly, for once Tom Thorp (21) was dismissed Mark Gannaway (45no) provided a breezy knock as he followed Michael Vaughan's example and dropped himself down the order. This allowed the time for James Lowe (92) to compile the backbone of the innings despite the restrictions of a knee injury sustained the previous week.

An early breakthrough for Lymington only paved the way for John Hatfield (37) to come to the crease but, like a good Mountie, Bob Iles (2-42) finally got his man. A succession of wickets from Luigi Di Maria (4-42) seemed to have sentenced the game to a quiet death, but Stuart Slade (43) and Pete Hammett (25) breathed life into the contest. A blistering assault from Slade which included four sixes within a seven ball flurry threatened to turn the tide for the Seasiders before Ali Iles (2-36) made the incisive cut.

BEST OF THE WEEK: J Lowe (Lymington) 92

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