Match Report - Sunday Friendly - 30th and 31st May 2004
Lymington v Bexley Park and
Lymington v Ashby Timkin by Mark Gannaway

Date: 30th May
Side Batting First: Lymington 254 for 5
Side Batting Second: Bexley Park 231 for 7

Date: 31st May
Side Batting First: Lymington 164 for 1
Side Batting Second: Ashby Timkin – Did Not Bat

Other than the rain on the Bank Holiday Monday these two friendlies were dominated by Karl Whathams hundreds on successive days. His departure on the Monday for 108 was almost the final passage of play in a match that had been played almost entirely in light drizzle, and which worsened during the early tea break leaving Adi Hunt high and dry on 49.
The previous day saw Whatham hit an imperious 105 which, despite the circumstances, even the opposition bowlers and fielders admired his handiwork. With the run-rate already comfortably high, the Lymington skipper had already made up his mind to declare and with Martin Hunt on 66 this did not seem to inder any personal milestones. However, by the end of the over Hunt had bludgeoned a further 26 runs so that the declaration left him unbeaten on 92.
Despite picking up an early wicket through Tom Thorp (1-28), Lymington were to be glad of the security these extra runs provided as P Eldridge (118) motored Bexley's score along at a rate similar to the former. Facing the prospect of defeat, Trevor Phillips and Karl Whatham were called into the attack, and neither disappointed, keeping their heads, with Phillips picking up 4-36.

K Whatham (Lymington) 108
K Whatham (Lymington) 105
M Hunt (Lymington) 92no

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