Match Report - First XI - 4th June 05
Lymington v Havant II
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Christian 50 knocked out....Havant II 174ao - Lymington 178 for 9

Onward Christian Soldiers!
The first 1st XI match of the season to be played at the Sports Ground ended in dramatic fashion with a win for Lymington by one wicket. Havant won the toss and elected to bat even though rain was in the air, having a couple of players stuck in traffic may have had something to do with it!

The Lymington opening attack of Australian Peter Smith and Hampshire under 16 player Lloyd Scott were unlucky not to make any initial breakthrough as a number of edged balls fell safe and inside edges missed the stumps but in the 12th over the latter bowled N Hardaker with the penultimate ball of his restricted spell. The pleasing aspect was the lack of wides compared with previous matches. Trevor Phillips took over and bowling with immaculate control took 2 wickets in two balls in his first over, he completed his spell of 12 overs 4 maidens 2 for 28 giving the Havant batsmen little room to accelerate. Christian Pain also bowled well 8 overs 2 for 37 and with experienced former 1st teamers Mike Edwards (25) and Dominic Carson (71) at the crease Havant at 117 for 5 began to take control but the dismissal of the latter well caught by Mark Burrett on the cover boundary signalled a collapse. Martin Hunt bowling for the first time this season 6 overs 1 for 21 and the return of Lloyd Scott (11 overs 1 for 51) and Peter Smith (12 overs 4 maidens 4 for 26) restricted Havant to 174 all out. Matt Molloy deputising for his brother Ed as wicketkeeper picked up 3 catches and Trevor Phillips one catch with Lymington's energetic fielding backing up the bowling excellently.

In reply the Lymington openers Bryn Darbyshire (21) and Martin Hunt took the score to 39 before the former was bowled. Mark Burrett (0) lbw, last weeks hero Peter Smith (8) attacking a wide one was caught and Matt Molloy (0) also lbw all departed cheaply and at 74 for 4 Lymington were struggling and when Martin Hunt having batted patiently and steadily was out for 42 with the score on 88 it needed someone to bat sensibly. Adie Hunt (6) was joined by Christian Pain and they steadied things somewhat before the former was out with the score on 99. Chris Nutt (12) struck a few lusty blows before he was caught on the long on boundary which brought in the previous weeks joint hero young Sam Westcott (6) who used his feet well against left arm spinner Phil Loat but was bowled by another former 1 st teamer Mark Copping putting on 41 for the eighth wicket. The experienced Trevor Phillips (11) joined Christian Pain and they took the score to 171 before the former was bowled off an inside edge which brought in last man Lloyd Scott to play out 3 balls of the penultimate over under some considerable pressure from a now excited Havant who could now see their chance of victory. He did this admirably playing with a straight bat and one ball wide down leg which the keeper missed the pair ran two which left Christian Pain with the scored tied facing the last over requiring 1 run to win. He duly dispatched the first ball over the heads off the fielders to the boundary for 4 to bring up his 50, his first one for the club. It was a great knock under immense pressure and means that the club has now 2 wins and 1 defeat and lie 5th in the table.

Best of Day Christian Pain 50 not out

Tony Wharton

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