Match Report - First XI - 27th Aug 05
Lymington v Ventnor
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington 150 all out - Ventnor 152 for 5
Lymington lost by 5 wickets

On a cloudy afternoon at the Sports Ground the last match of the season the ground looked in great condition and Captain Adie Hunt won the toss and elected to bat. Lymington were lying in 6th position in the league and Ventnor were in joint top along with Alton CC. Mark Jackson (2) and Ian Young (29) opened the batting and the former was dismissed in the 5th over and was followed by Mark Burrett (0) in the 12th over. Aussie Peter Smith (20) having scored over 500 runs on away grounds surpassed his highest league score at the Sports Ground but was dismissed soon afterwards. The former Lymington colt Bryn Darbyshire (33) played in his cavalier style before he was again caught trying another flamboyant shot having scored nearly 500 league rune in the season. Martin Hunt (17 retired hurt) carried on where he left off last week before he unfortunately pulled his hamstring going for a quick single. Although Adie Hunt (9 not out) held the tail together and Adam Darbyshire (16) hit a few lusty blows the innings folded on 150 after 42.4 overs. Yet again Lymington had failed to last 50 overs at the Sports Ground and although amassing over 200 and 300 runs on away grounds they have found runs difficult at home. Ventnor's overseas player Ryan Shutte (11.4 overs 5 maidens 5 for 12) proved what an asset a good overseas player is to a side.

In reply injury stricken Peter Smith ( 4 overs 1 for 19) and Christian Pain (11 overs 0 for 37)made an initial breakthrough in the 1st over but Division 2 top run scorer with over 750 runs Ryan Shutte (56) kept Ventnor on track Martin Gregory (7 overs 1 for 24), Adam Darbyshire (6 overs 2 for 24) and Dorset Under 17 player Sam Westcott (5 overs 1 for 29) took wickets but it was not enough to stop Ventnor cruising home by 5 wickets in the 35th over. Ventnor won the League for the 2nd year in succession as Alton picked up less points against relegated Calmore Sports. However unlike Lymington they do not have a Gold standard ground and therefore are unable to be promoted to Division 1 which means that Alton will be promoted instead. Lymington finish in 7th position in Division 2 their lowest placing ever since the Southern Premier League was formed.

All in all having lost Danny Peacock, Glyn Treagus, Ben Craft and Mike West from the previous seasons team Lymington ably led by Adie Hunt have done well in the circumstances with the big pluses being the batting of Bryn Darbyshire and the bowling of 16 year old Lloyd Scott.

Tony Wharton

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