McGuirk edges Third XI to safety
For the second Saturday running only one of Lymington's four league sides recorded a victory. Fortunately the successful team happened to be the Third XI who all but guaranteed their survival in South West Division Two with a comprehensive win over Southampton Travellers. The match had to be switched at short notice to Pennington Sports Ground due to vandalism at Woodside. Rumour has it that hooligans broke into the kitchen area and caused £300 worth of improvements (alledgedly!). John McGuirk obviously felt quite at home in the new surroundings, scoring a fine 80 not out as Lymo totalled 174 for 6. Chris Noble and Peter Tapper then both claimed 3 wickets each as the Travellers were bowled out for just 79.
The First XI sank to an 8 wicket defeat against Hursley Park. Stand-in captain Ben Craft top-scored with 40 on an uncharacteristically unpredictable Sports Ground pitch. Dave Griffiths' breezy 30 enabled Lymington to reach a modest 197 for 7 before unbeaten half-centuries from Adi Aymes and Paul Edwards saw Hursley home in the 45th over.
The Seconds fared even worse at Tichborne Park where the game only went ahead after a late pitch inspection. A torrential downpour on Friday had turned the pitch into a sticky dog n which Tichborne's veteran left arm spinner Vic Primmer (6 for 34) proved to be virtually unplayable as Lymo crawled to 133 for 8 from 48 overs. The home side's batsmen found things considerably easier, taking just 25 overs to knock off the required runs for the loss of just one wicket.
An extremely youthful Fourth XI fell to a 7 wicket defeat at Swan Green. Meg Gannaway's team, which included 9 teenagers, was dismissed for just 79. 14 year old leg spinner Dan Walters then grabbed all three wickets to fall as high-flying Swan Green cruised to victory.