Easton's survival hopes go West!
The Firsts returned to winning ways in a tense affair at Easton & Martyr Worthy. Lymington made hard work of it against a team fighting to avoid relegation. Karl Whatham top scored with 34 in a Lymington total of 188 all out before Christian Pain's miserly spell of bowling (0 for 20 in 12 overs) put Easton on the back foot. But it was strawberry blond Mike West who broke the home side's hearts with 4 for 33. Glyn Treagus (3 for 37) and Whatham (2 for 28) added to Easton's woes as the home side were bowled out for 168 in the 48th over. Despite the win Lymington remain fourth in the table as Alton, Ventnor and Hursley all won their respective matches.
Former Lymington batsman Mark Thorne certainly enjoyed his first visit to the Sports Ground in 11 years as he notched up a superb 139 not out for Fair Oak. The well-drilled league leaders ruthlessly crushed a youthful Lymington Seconds by a massive 170 runs and now look certainties for promotion. Despite a big reduction in the number of extras conceded, the young Lymington attack (6 of the 7 bowlers used were under the age of 21) was still carted for 294 for 6. Lymington's reply never really got off the ground in the face of a speedy all-South African opening attack and only Mark O'Sullivan (38) and Ed Carter (30) came away with any credit as Lymo slipped to 124 all out.
News of Lymington Third XI's amazing revival is obviously spreading. Staunch First XI follower Bob Treagus decided to forsake his place on the boundary at Easton & Martyr Worthy and chose instead to check on eldest brother Alex's progress with the Third's at Eastleigh & Otterbourne. And Bob was delighted to see Alex take 3 vital wickets as Jerry Holt's men clinched a third straight victory. Runs were at a premium on a pitch offering assistance to the bowlers. Holt (34) and James Cole (18) provided the bulk of the runs in Lymington's modest 122 all out. But with Chris Noble taking 3 for 10 in 12 overs, Eastleigh could muster just 103 in reply.
A bit like policemen, Lymington Fourth XI players seem to be getting younger every day! 13 year old James Winderham was the latest youngster to make his debut for the team, bowling a tidy four over spell as Meg's men (and boys) beat Fawley III by 131 runs at Woodside. But it was the relatively experienced Damian Jayasinghe, at 19 years, who set up Lymington's win with 69 in a total of 220 for 9. Matt Molloy, making a first appearance of the season, made exactly 50. Peter Harding (4 for 11) and Tim Noble (4 for 48) wasted little time in skittling out the beleaguered Oilers for just 89.
The Under 15s played their final game of the season against much improved Sway where the winner finished in 3rd place. With the majority of both teams attending the same School and Tim, Lloyd and Mark living in Sway a win was considered a must. It proved to be a keenly fought contest where the bowlers were on top on the up and down pitch. Sway managed just 70 in their 18 overs for the lost of 7 wkts, Tim Noble and Lloyd Scott got 2 apiece, in reply Lymington cruised to 72 in 14 overs (Scott Tapper 30 not out, Lloyd Scott 24) for the loss of just 2 wkts, a convincing win and honour upheld.
A hastily organised inter-club competition was held on Sunday at the Sports Ground. Dubbed 'Eight8 cricket', it was Lymington's own version of Twenty20 cricket, but with 4 pairs of batsmen competing against each other in an 8 over slog. The intriguing event was won by the pairing of Adie Hunt and 13 year old leg spinner Tom Hill.
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