Match Report - Sunday Friendly - 6th June 2004
Christchurch v Lymington by Mark Gannaway

Side Batting First: Christchurch 55 and 88
Side Batting Second: Lymington 199 for 5 dec.

A wicket with the first ball of the match from Martin Hunt was only the start of a bizarre chain of events. The fall of more wickets to Trevor Phillips (2-7) left the Hurn Bridge faithful despairing as the home side struggled to set a target. With Geoff Renshaw (2-27) and Mark Gannaway (2-5) removing the lower order frantic negotiations were being undertaken to extend the game. The result of these delegations was a treatise that would see Lymington set a target for Christchurch to chase in a second innings. Buoyed by the arrival of James Lowe - who came straight from his casualty bed where he had been incumbent the previous night – Neil Trestrail (69) and Mark Gannaway (39) set about the bowling. Such brutality was continued by Dom Di Maria (35) and Martin Hunt (36no).

Chasing 111 off 16 overs Tom Thorp (2-32) and the eclectic spin of Trevor Phillips (2-5) put the brakes on Christchurch. Yet, just as it seemed they had called of the pursuit of victory. Geoff Renshaw (5-17) ran riot as he lured the batsmen into losing their wicket. But would two wickets in the final over be beyond him? He put his critics to shame and left Carmichael the dubious distinction of being dismissed with the first and last ball of the match, both times without scoring.

BEST OF THE WEEK:
N Trestrail (Lymington) 69
G Renshaw (Lymington) 5-17

 
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