Match Report - First XI - 30th July 05
Lymington v Sparsholt
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington lost by 5 wickets
Lymington 76ao - Sparsholt 78 for 5

Playing the team just below them Lymington were hopeful of moving further up the table after 2 wins on the trot but after losing the toss openers Mark Jackson (14) and Tom Carter were soon separated in the 1st over with the latter trying an inauspicious shot. With the opening bowlers keeping a tight line Mark Burrett (12) was unable to establish himself and was bowled in the 6th over which brought in Peter Smith (0) who was caught at point 2 overs later with the score on 25. Enter in-form Bryn Darbyshire (17) who struck 3 boundaries before he was caught in the 14th over. Mark Jackson who had battled gamely was then out in the following over and Martin Hunt (2) and Christian Pain (0) departed in the 16th and 18th over. At 61 for 7 Lymington were again struggling at home to score the necessary 125 runs to gain a batting point and were all out for 76 after 25.1 overs.

In reply Sparsholt started steadily against Peter Smith (12 overs 4 maidens 3 for 39) and Trevor Phillips (5 overs 0 for 9) and lost their 1st wicket at 25 in the 12th over and their 2nd in the following over. Young Lloyd Scott (3 overs 1 for 9) produced the initial breakthrough and with further wickets falling at 33 and 37 Lymington's spirits were high but Sparsholt were able to squeeze home with the loss of one more wicket. Another early finish at the Sports Ground and the result drops Lymington back into the relegation area but there are still 4 matches remaining and hopes are high that the team will get at least another 1 or 2 wins.

Tony Wharton

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