12/13th June - Weekend Summary

Lymo stay top thanks to Crafty and Captain Dantastic!

HeroLymington once again tested the nerves of their supporters with a nailbiting 2 run win over Hursley Park. The victory puts clear daylight between Lymo and the chasing pack and means that Dan Peacock's outfit are now the only unbeaten team in the Division after seven weeks of the season.

Radio Solent certainly chose the right match to broadcast. The game had everything: 514 runs, two centuries, a hatful of sixes and four Lymington wicketkeepers!

Ben Craft was Lymington's hero, smashing a magnificent 129. He came to the wicket with Lymo on the ropes at 69 for 4 and proceeded to bludgeon 6 sixes and 11 fours in a mighty onslaught. Craft was ably assisted by Dan Peacock (43), and these two guided Lymington to 258 for 8.

But even this imposing total looked to be inadequate on Hursley's shirt-front batting strip as the home side raced away through Paul Marks (100) and Adrian Small (77). Lymington's hopes sank further as wicketkeeper Scott Sivier was carried off to hospital with a suspected broken ankle after inadvertently stepping on the ball. But deputy Dan Peacock donned the gloves and promptly turned the game on its head with the stumping of Small. Incredibly, Dan then stumped Paul Edwards off a Mike West wide! Amid high drama the Lymington captain was forced to change the bowling nine times and use four different keepers.

Wickets continued to tumble as Hursley edged closer to their target.'Captain Dantastic' entrusted himself with the final over with Hursley needing 12 to win with just 1 wicket remaining. They reduced this total down to just 5 from 2 balls. The experienced Andy Marks then edged the ball past substitute Dave Gelling at fly slip and set off for two runs. Amazingly Marks and last man Wilson then attempted a suicidal third run while Gellers retrieved the ball. He hurled it to the third stand-in keeper Whatham who in turn lobbed it to the non-strikers end where a gleeful Peacock run out the despairing Marks to give Lymington a nerve-jangling 2 run victory.

A truly breathtaking match, only tempered by the injury to Scott Sivier. Scotty left hospital on crutches and will have to wait for the swelling to go down before a full diagnosis of the injury can be made, although he is highly unlikely to play at Calmore next Saturday. We wish Scott a speedy recovery.

Mike Vimpany's full report of Saturday's dramatic events at Hursley can be found on the official Southern Premier League website at www.southernpremierleague.com

The Seconds fell to defeat against Locks Heath. Lymington recovered from 110 for 5 to reach 228 for 6 thanks to a maiden Second XI half century from Dominic Di Maria. But they then failed to capitalise on an early breakthrough from Dominic Norton and eventually lost by 8 wickets with 3 overs to spare with Locks Heath's Richardson recording a fine unbeaten century.

Dom made 56 not out

The nightmare continued for the Third XI as they were hammered at Godshill. This website somewhat prophetically predicted on Friday that Jason Cooper was the Godshill dangerman, and so it proved as he smashed 173 as the home side piled up 293 for 3. Lymington could muster just 73 in reply with Jamie Cole top-scoring with 26.

Luigi Di Maria playing for the Fourths made it a memorable day for the Di Maria brothers as he too notched up a half century against Bransgore at Woodside. Lui entered the fray with Lymo facing humiliation at 12 for 6, and took the score past the hundred mark. Sadly it wasn't enough as the visitors cruised home to a 7 wicket win, with all three wickets to fall taken by . . . Luigi Di Maria!

The Under 15s recorded a comfortable win over Hythe & Dibden with Tom Thorp (42) and Tim Noble (37) scoring the bulk of the runs, while the Under 11As got back to winning ways with a win over Michelmersh.

The Sunday match against Boscombe was cancelled as the opposition were unable to raise a side due to the England football match. Should have stuck to the cricket, lads!

Tonight a youthful Lymington XI travel to North Baddesley in the first round of the Stone Cup.


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