Match Report - First XI - 16th July 05
Lymington v OT's and Romsey
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington won by 41 runs
Lymington 236 all out - OT's & Romsey 195 all out

In a crucial match against fellow relegation contenders Lymington captain Adie Hunt won the important toss and elected to bat. In a reshuffled lineup openers Mark Jackson brought up from the 2nds and Martin Hunt intended to make a good start but the latter was run out in the 2nd over and Mark Burrett back in the team after a recent arthroscopy operation on his knee followed soon after. At 13 for 2 Peter Smith (82) and Mark Jackson (33) began a rescue act by putting on a stand of 114 before the former was out stumped in the 28th over with 22 overs remaining. Ex-Lymington player Max Smith bowling gentle off-spin came onto bowl and created a collapse with 3 wickets in one over. Mark Jackson was bowled followed by Simon King and Christian Pain and at 156 for 6 Lymington were in trouble again but in-form Bryn Darbyshire (47) and University student Ed Carter (21) repaired the damage and put on 46 before the former was out in the 41st over. Trevor Phillips (21 not out) added some valuable runs at the end and Lymington were eventually dismissed for 236 in the last over.

Having achieved the target of batting almost for the full 50 overs and posting a decent score the opening Lymington bowlers of Peter Smith (9.1 overs 3 maidens 1 for 30) and Trevor Phillips (12 overs 3 for 48) endeavoured to keep the runs down. This they achieved and along with Christian Pain ( 12 overs 0 for 27) and although Mark Burrett (4 overs 0 for 29) was not quite so tight, the introduction of left armer Martin Hunt bowling spin instead of his normal pace once he found the right length produced immediate rewards. At 120 for 1 in the 31st over OT's & Romsey only required 116 runs from 19 overs with 9 wickets left but the dismissal of Max Smith (82) led to panic in the opposition's middle order and Martin Hunt ( 12 overs 6 for 55) demolished the lower order helped by good catching in the outfield. Lymington claimed maximum points and with the match next week at bottom placed Calmore hopefully a further victory will help to dispel the relegation worries.

Tony Wharton

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