Match Report - First XI - 9th July 05
Lymington v Alton
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Alton 275 for 6 v Lymington 83 all out
Lymington lost by 192 runs

Playing against top of the table and unbeaten Alton CC, Lymington having captured the New Forest KO cup the night before were in confident mood. The opening bowlers Peter Smith (10 overs 3 maidens 0 for 40) and Trevor Phillips (12 overs 1 maiden 1 for 46) kept the run rate down but were unable to make a breakthrough but the introduction of Christian Pain (12 overs 3 for 42) brought a quick dividend in the 15th over with the score at 62 and a further wicket at 99 in the 21st over. The Alton batsmen continued picking up runs and although another wicket fell in the 28th the Lymington bowlers were unable to penetrate. Former colt Ed Carter (11 overs 2 for 82) bowled well but bowled too many wides and boundary balls. Captain Adie Hunt (5 overs 0 for 46) had his first spell for a while and Alton finished on 275 for 6 after 50 overs.

Lymington openers Bryn Darbyshire (29) and promoted to add stability to the top order Mark Jackson (2) began steadily but the latter hoping to be the sheet anchor for the team was dismissed caught off a good ball. Simon King (13) batted well but the fragile middle order again collapsed and only Christian Pain (6) and Ed Carter (10) stuck around for any length of time and the innings folded at 83 in the 31st over.

The next few matches are crucial in the battle against relegation from Division 2 with games against fellow relegation contenders OT's & Romsey, Calmore and Sparsholt. The players are practising hard but lack time in the middle and hopefully will come back into form in these games.

Tony Wharton

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