Match Report - First XI - 25th June 05
Lymington v Ventnor
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Ventnor 179 all out - Lymington 89 all out
Lymington lost by 90 runs

After the sea crossing to Yarmouth the Lymington team arrived full of expectation at Ventnor after the resounding win against Bashley the previous Monday in the New Forest KO. Having won the toss and with rain in the air skipper Adie Hunt chose to bowl and with Aussie Peter Smith (10.4 overs 2 for 55) and Lloyd Scott (12 overs 3 for 47) firing on all cylinders and the fielders supporting them Ventnor were reduced to 70 for 5 after 14 overs. Trevor Phillips (12 overs 3 maidens 2 for 27) picked up a wicket with his first ball and continued to bowl tightly but Mark Fletcher (25) and Andy Whyte (52) led a recovery and doubled the score to 140 before the former was out to Martin Hunt ( 4.2 overs 1 for 10) who then tweaked a hamstring and his brother Adie Hunt (1.4 overs 0 for 10) took over the bowling. Christian Pain (8 overs 1 for 20) also bowled well and Ventnor were finally all out for 179 in the 48th over.

Adie Hunt (16) and debutant Simon King (5) from OT's and Romsey CC started steadily but in the 7th over the latter was caught. Neil Trestrail (15) looked in good nick but was caught behind in the 17th over at 35 and with Peter Smith (18) and another debutant Simon Mayes (2) also being dismissed Christian Pain (14) and the injured Martin Hunt (13) led a mini recovery. At 87 for 5 Lymington were ahead of the Ventor rate but then followed a disastrous collapse with the last 5 wickets falling for 2 runs with 4 batsmen not troubling the scorer and losing by 90 runs. Their last 5 batsmen added 109 compared with Lymingtons 2 and as the match the week before the batting was well below standard. It is hoped that in the match against St Cross Symondians CC at home this Saturday the batsmen return to form and the bowling and fielding continue to perform above par.

The League is now into the second half of the season and Lymington are just above the 2 relegation spots with Sparsholt CC and Calmore CC below them.

Tony Wharton

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