16,17th July - Friday, Saturday Summary

Megnifique!

A career-best innings from Mark Gannaway was the highlight of Lymington's annual jaunt to Dorset to take on Canford School. The soon-to-be teacher obviously felt at home in the plush educational surrounds as he smashed his way to 130. Karl Whatham joined in the fun with 70 as Lymington amassed 284 for 5 - a total that was well beyond the reach of Canford who replied with 210 all out.



Meg Gannaway milks the applause as he leaves the field

 

Smacked in the Ed!
Second XI opening batsman Ed Molloy faces a long spell on the sidelines after fracturing his jaw during Lymington's 99 run defeat at Langley Manor yesterday. The popular twenty year old top-edged an attempted hook off Langley paceman Azir Hamid and the ball found its way under the grill and smashed into the side of his face. Fortunately a doctor was on hand and immediately sent for an ambulance. An x-ray at Southampton General later revealed a fracture of the lower jaw and a split tooth. Ed was due to be operated on later today when the doctors will decide whether to wire the jaw or re-break it and insert a metal plate (ouch!).

Ed when in one piece

Ironically, only last Thursday Ed was in the nets practicing his hook shots. During the session the coach was putting the emphasis firmly on keeping his eye on the ball and keeping the ball down. The last words muttered by Ed as he was led away to the ambulance yesterday were: "Well, I kept the ball down Coach!"

Everyone at Lymington Cricket Club wishes Ed a speedy recovery.

1st team Title hopes in Tatters
Lymington's prospects of winning the Southern Electric Premier League 2 title look to have all but vanished after a desperately disappointing 5 wicket defeat by Ventnor.

It had all started so promisingly as openers Glyn Treagus and Karl Whatham rattled up a new Premier League record first wicket stand of 266 as Lymington recorded a massive 288 for 1. Treagus was once again in awesome form scoring a league-best 154 to take his SPL aggregate past the 500 mark. Whatham too was in fine form, notching up an unbeaten 106 in front of his proud father Bruce who had traveled 12,000 miles to watch Karl play.

However, while many teams may have crumbled in the face of such a formidable score, Ventnor - who have lost just once this season (to Lymington) - are made of sterner stuff, and set off like a house on fire. Whatham, Craft and Martin Hunt were all smashed out of the attack early on as Ventnor scored at 10 runs an over on another belting Sports Ground wicket. Man of the match Treagus then hauled his side back into the game with three wickets as the Islanders slumped to 191 for 5. But once again the wheels well and truly came off the Lymington wagon. Andy White, who smacked 66 off just 40 balls, and Mark Fletcher (31 not out) guided the Islanders home to a stunning victory with almost 4 overs to spare.

Lymington coach Dave Gelling had warned his team at tea-time that 288 would not be an easy total to defend on such a good wicket. "I honestly though we were about 30 short of what we really needed. Regrettably, I was right," he said.

Ed Molloy's sickening injury just about summed up a dismal day for Lymington Second XI. The captain had pleaded with his bowlers for more accuracy after last week's wayward display which saw the team concede 34 wides. But his demand obviously fell on deaf ears as his young bowlers threw down an unbelievable 46 this week! The extras, and the fact that the team were one short due to a last minute withdrawal due to illness, helped Langley Manor to reach 259 all out, a total boosted by a stubborn 65 run last wicket stand. Christian Rathbone was the pick of the bowling, although Mark Newton grabbed 4 wickets and, more importantly, only conceded 1 wide in his 9 over spell!
Lymington's hopes of victory were soon floundering with Mark Jackson and Dave Griffiths back in the pavilion and Ed Molloy back in Southampton General. It was left to Rathbone (34) and Phillips (30 not out) to add some respectability to the score as Lymington were eventually dismissed for 161 in the 42nd over.

Better news at Woodside where the Third XI have backed up their first win last week with another convincing win over Hyde the only team to sit below Lymington at the bottom of the table. Lymington managed 23 much needed points, the one point lost stood on a final wicket stand between two young Hyde players. Lymington achieved full batting points with a total of 283. The star of the show Nick Lee smashing an incredible 167. John McGuirk also chipped in with a solid 63 on his return. This left Hyde requiring into bat requiring well over 6 runs an over to equal the score, Lymington bowled well with Lloyd Scott opening with a maiden and final figures of 3 for 19. Chris Nut (2 for 41) and Peter Tapper also put in good spells with the ball.

 

The Fourths pulled off one of the shocks of the season at Winton Rec where they defeated high-flying CBBEA. Damian Jayasinghe (pictured) scored a maiden century as Lymington were bowled out for 251 with Ollie Northover, playing in only his second league match for the club, chipping in with 48. The Bournemouth based side then had little answer to the hobbling Matt Allen who took all five wickets to fall as Lymington claimed a vital and somewhat unexpected 21 run win. Damian Jay

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