10/11th July - Saturday Summary

Same old story for Lymo!

Lymington's Southern Electric Premier League Division Two title hopes received a major setback yesterday as they lost their top of the table clash with Alton at the Jubilee Sports Ground. Dan Peacock's side were left kicking themselves for wasting a glorious chance to open up a gap at the top.

Having bowled out the home side for just 160 (including 22 wides), Lymington were set a rain-adjusted target of 135 in 42 overs. However, even this moderate total proved too much as Lymington's top order - Glyn Treagus excepted - threw away their wickets. Treagus fought a lone battle, grinding out 66 not out as 7 wickets tumbled around him - five of those to spinner Julian Ballinger. Tragically, just as it looked as if Lymington might sneak home, heavy rain set in with 34 runs still required from 8 overs. With no more play possible, and Lymington marginally behind the required run-rate, Alton were awarded the match by just 8 runs.

Adie Hunt summed up the mood of the players: "It was so frustrating. We only had to score at three and a half an over, but too many batsmen (myself included) threw away their wickets. We should have walked it".

Thirds finally off the mark!
With just over half the season completed we are delighted to be able to finally report a victory for the Third XI. Fielding their strongest line-up of the Summer they cruised or should that be swum to a massive 134 run win at Woodgreen. Peter Tapper led the way with 62 as Holt's Heroes rattled up 202.

The home side had a target of 102 off 21 in the rain affected match, tight bowling by Lloyd Scott, Chris Noble and swing-king Paul Sturmey who took 7 for 14 in an amazing spell of bowling left them all out at 68. The tea was described by one player as "awesome".

A beaming Meg Gannaway returned to the Clubhouse on Saturday delighted with his Fourth XI's 28 run win over Pylewell Park at soggy Woodside. But the biggest smile belonged to Bob Iles (pictured) who recorded the team's best bowling analysis and highest score (a free chewy snake for the first person who can remember the last time that happened!). Bob's boundary-strewn 37 rescued Lymington who had dipped to 102 for 8 (Steve Coltman 33). Having set a respectable total of 158 for 9, Bob then grabbed 4 for 36 as Pylewell sank to 130 all out. Tom Myatt, on his senior debut, bowled with accuracy and pace and took the prize wicket of Chris Todd.

Bob, best with ball and bat!

The Second XI continued their good run of results with a 5 wicket win over Redlynch & Hale at the Sports Ground. Mark Jackson's superb unbeaten 86 lit up an otherwise poor match which contained an incredible 57 wides! Lymington were guilty of the majority of those wides, conceding 34 as the visitors totaled 215 for 6. Bizarrely enough, despite all the extras Lymington actually bowled quite well. Dominic Norton took 3 wickets and Mark Newton, Chris Bishop and Christian Rathbone all proved difficult to get away. Although Jackson was the mainstay of Lymington's innings, he received good support along the way from Ed Molloy, Guy Hayward, Mark Newton and Trevor Phillips. The winning run came in the penultimate over - surprisingly from a no-ball rather than a wide!

Lymington's Sunday friendly with SPL high fliers South Wilts at the Sports Ground was washed out today. The earlier Under 11A and B matches also fell victim to the weather, although some play was possible on the Bashley plastic where Lymington Under 15s looked poised for victory before the heavens opened. Chasing Bashley B's 90 for 4 Scott Tapper (24 not out) and Tim Noble (15) had guided Lymo to 59 for 1 when rain thwarted any hopes of finishing the match.


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