Match Report - Hants Regional Div 3SW - 10th July 2004
Lymington IV v Pylewell

Side Batting First: Lymington 158 for 8
Side Batting Second: Pylewell 130 all out

Despite their poor run of form going into the match, Lymington were in confident form as the side had been strengthened so that they were bursting at the seams with batting. It soon transpired that noone had bothered to tell the Pylewell bowlers this as they ripped out the top order to leave the home side teetering at 73 for 5 with more than half the innings remaining. These early inroads by R Barnes (4-27) were supported by tight bowling, with Martin Cooper bowling five consecutive maidens. When the tenth batsman walked to the crease with the 100 only just posted things looked grim, but Bob Iles (37no) took up the challenge, superseding the previous innings high of 33 from Steve Coltman.

Pylewell made a bright start but the introduction of Bob Iles (4-37) into the attack introduced a shade a grey, which started to darken with Tom Myatt (2-17 off 12 overs) giving little opportunity for run scoring. When the ever threatening Trevor Mapes (44) was caught on the boundary by Peter Harding – who himself bowled well for 2-30 – Lymington slowly moved into the ascendancy. With Marc O'Sullivan (2-29) picking up belated wickets, it was the bowling – and the batting of the bowlers – that had seen Lymington home.

Mark Gannaway

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