|Unconvincing win for Lymo as Glyn nears 600 runs
Glyn Treagus continued his fine run of form on Saturday as Lymington First XI defeated a plucky Gosport side by 30 runs. Glyn's performance - 62 runs and 3 for 37 - illuminated an otherwise poor match on another Sports Ground shirtfront. The standard was set in the first over of the day when Karl Whatham was caught at slip without scoring. Martin Hunt (37), Mike West (27no) and Will Naylor (22) provided support for Treagus whose half century took him to 588 runs for the season. But without key batsmen Craft, Trestrail and Peacock (who apparently pulled a muscle changing a nappy) Lymington could only manage a modest 212 for 8.
Gosport's hopes of victory rested largely on the free-scoring Ryan Hale, but he was bowled by a pearler from Tom Myatt in the first over and, like his fellow Aussie Whatham, also departed for a duck. Cleaver (69) fought a lone battle as wickets tumbled to Treagus, Martin Hunt (2 for 31), Whatham (2 for 42) and Christian Pain (2 for 21), and the basement dwellers were eventually dismissed for 182.
The Second XI produced yet another dismal bowling display at high flying Andover. Like the previous week the captain lost the toss and Lymo were forced to chase leather in the intense afternoon heat. Wides again contributed a major part in the opponent's total, and it was only the introduction of occasional bowler Mark Jackson that finally stemmed the flood of runs that at one stage had looked likely to take Andover to a 400 plus total. Jacko's 3 wicket haul temporarily pegged the home side back a little, although a few late slogs saw Andover end up with a mighty 336 for 7. Highlight of the innings was a breathtaking one handed catch at gully by Martin Gregory. Unfortunately the same fielder will have nightmares over the much simpler chance he spilled a little later. Lymo's reply began promisingly with Dave Coles, making a welcome Second XI comeback, playing several glorious on drives as Lymo passed the 50 mark. However, the injury-prone former wicketkeeper then took one quick single too many and pulled a hamstring. His replacement Dave Griffiths fell next ball to Andy Hooper, and when O'Sullivan, Phillips and Rathbone were dismissed cheaply, Lymington were facing another humilation. Fortunately Jackson continued to accumulate runs and was eventually dismissed for a fine 74. Lloyd Scott (25 not out) used the situation to stake his claim for a place higher up the order with a sparkling cameo, and some late resistance from Norton and Gregory saw Lymington end their innings on 212 for 8. The win keeps Andover firmly on course for promotion, and, having been forced to make the long trek to London Road four years in a row now, Lymington Second XI sincerely hope they make it!
Knightwood Park's late withdrawal from the league not only enhanced Lymington Third XI's chances of avoiding the drop, but also left Jerry Holt's men kicking their heels on Saturday. However, at least it enabled Fourth XI captain Meg Gannaway to call upon John McGuirk, and the big Irishman responded with a match-winning performance. He scored 34 runs and took 4 for 35 as the Fourths sealed a 78 run victory over Camelot at Exbury. Steve Coltman top-scored for Lymo with 72 in a total of 230 for 6 (Jayasinghe 35). Camelot were then dismissed for just 152 with all the Lymington bowlers taking at least 1 wicket.