Second XI brighten up a miserable Saturday
Lymington First XI's faint hopes of promotion have now surely disappeared following their 1 wicket defeat at Sparsholt. There was also misery for the Thirds and Fourths who were badly mauled in their respective matches. Fortunately the Second XI produced a dramatic last ball victory over OTs & Romsey at the Sports Ground.
At Sparsholt, Karl Whatham (53), Martin Hunt (40) and Glyn Treagus (26) gave Lymington a great start, but from 110 for 1 the side collapsed to 125 for 5. Neil Trestrail (34) helped recover the situation, but Lymo's eventual 209 all out never looked likely to be enough against a strong home batting line up. However, Sparsholt themselves suffered a major collapse after a good start, and from 164 for 3 they plunged to 196 for 9. Sadly Lymington couldn't winkle out the last pair and Sparsholt held on for a 1 wicket victory in the penultimate over. Christian Pain took 4 for 55, while Karl Whatham increased his chances of winning the divisional bowling award with 3 for 18 to take his season's haul to 34.
The Seconds played out what was one the matches of the season at the Sports Ground. Some late slogging from Christian Rathbone took Lymington to 244 for 7 after Mark Jackson (53), Tom Carter (34) and Mark O'Sullivan (46) had given Lymington a solid start against OTs & Romsey. Trevor Phillips made early breakthroughs, and when Charlie Forward was brilliantly caught behind by Mark Newton off Rathbone for 57, visitors OTs & Romsey were reeling at 104 for 6. But Trodd and Turner launched a remarkable recovery and took OTs to within 10 runs of victory. Dominic Norton then removed Trodd for a gutsy 74, leaving a target of 8 from Lloyd Scott's final over, and this was whittled down to 2 required from the final ball. Showing an amazing amount of composure for one so young, Lloyd bowled a perfect delivery which beat the bat, and Mark Newton jubilantly took the stumping to give Lymington a heart-stopping 1 run win. All the Lymington bowlers bowled well against an experienced opposition, many of whom were part of OT's Southern League promotion winning side last season. Particularly pleasing was the reduced number of wides.
The Third XI were shot out for just 65 on the bouncy Bashley plastic. Chris Nutt (33 not out) was the only batsman to reach double figures as five of the team recorded ducks. Earlier Peter Harding and Chris Noble had both taken 3 wickets as Bash were restricted to 180 for 8.
Meg Gannaway's century wasn't enough to save the Fourth XI from a 9 wicket defeat against Cadnam at Woodside. Gannaway (109) and the impressive Stuart Beveridge (26 not out) helped Lymington reach 210 for 7. But Cadnam cruised to victory with Damian Jayasinghe taking the only wicket to fall.
On Sunday a high-scoring encounter at the Sports Ground saw Lymington defeat The Elite by 4 wickets in the 10th annual Brian Rickman Memorial match. Dom Di Maria (87) and Adie Hunt (74) helped The Elite rattle up 266 for 6. A fine century from Nick Jenkin, guesting from BAT, set Lymington on the road to victory, and Chris Nutt wrapped things up with a rapid 83 not out. Following a fine barbeque expertly produced by Chefs Lynne Ray and Luigi Di Maria, Lymington captain Robin Goff was presented with the trophy, while Dom Di Maria received the man of the match award. Peter Rickman then reflected on a great day's cricket, one which his father Brian would surely have approved of.