Having lost 4 first teamers from last season, the young Lymington CC (average age 22) faced a tough opening match of the new season away to Alton CC. Glyn Treagus wanting Division1 cricket had transferred to Bashley, Danny Peacock had moved up North, Ben Craft was now working in London and Mike West had gone back to Bramshaw. New skipper Adrian Hunt a former Lymington colt had 1st team debutants Hampshire Under 16 player Lloyd Scott, 17 year old Sam Westcott from Blandford, 18 year old Dominic Norton and overseas player Australian Peter Smith at 31 the oldest player in the side. Former Lymington colt Bryn Darbyshire also made his 1st team debut and Mark Burrett returned to the club from Ellingham. Along with Matt Molloy another former club colt returning to cricket after a seasons lay-off the team contained 7 former colts a testimony to the clubs coaching policy.
In his first match as captain Adrian Hunt lost the toss and Alton chose to bat. Peter Smith ( 12 overs 0 for 49) and Lloyd Scott (10 overs 2 for 48) opened the bowling and kept the openers tied down with the latter picking up a wicket in the 8th over the batsman well caught by Bryn Darbyshire. Christian Pain ( 12 overs 0 for 32) also bowled tightly with 3 maidens and young Dominic Norton ( 11 overs 2 for 62) was on a hat-trick when the opposition overseas player was bowled first ball but he was unable to pick up another wicket and took a good catch in the deep.
17 year old off-spinner Sam Westcott ( 5 overs 1 for 34) settled in well with a dropped catch off his bowling but there was not enough bounce in the wicket. Having contained the run rate Alton increased their tempo and finished on 240 for 6 after 50 overs.
The target was reduced to 231 off 48 overs due to a stoppage for rain. Openers left handers Martin Hunt and Bryn Darbyshire were up with the required run-rate before the latter was bowled for 14 with the score 35 in the 9th over. This brought in another left hander Mark Burrett back in Lymington colours after a number of years and they took the score to 53 before he was bowled. Having fallen behind the run-rate Australian Peter Smith (5) tried to up the tempo but was caught trying a big hit.and Matt Molloy (19) struck 2 boundaries including a huge 6 before he was caught and bowled. Christian Pain (36) joined Martin Hunt (46) before the latter was caught after a patient knock but the former batted on and Dominic Norton struck a huge 6 but it was all in vain and Lymington finished on 183 for 9.
The young Lymington side acquitted themselves well with the fielding top class but the bowling was a little slack in the final overs and the batting needed someone to get a big score with Martin Hunt and Christian Pain showing patience and application. Young Adrian Hunt led the team well with young wicket-keeper Ed Molloy home from University keeping tidily.
Lymington Innings Score Sheet
Alton Innings Score Sheet