Match Report - Fourth XI - 28th May 05
Lymington v Hythe & Dibden

Hythe & Dibden 214 for 1 - Lymington 82 all out

On his 150th appearance for Lymington's fourth side, Mark Gannaway was immediately faced with a quandary upon winning the toss: to bat first and risk a batting collapse similar to their 66 at New Milton in the previous game, or to field first with only nine players. Plumping for the second option a few nagging doubts had already risen to the surface as Hythe raced to 40 without loss after 10 overs. Things quickly got worse as Mark Rossiter pulled a hamstring in only his second over. Lymington however stuck to their task as P Whitlock (119no) and E Bell (67no) marched happily along. Lymington's youthful bowling attack (over half the overs were bowled by Under-15's) toiled away, but very few chances came their way.

Fears over Lymington's batting were realised as early as the second over, as Mike Bowman (2-31) made early inroads. A painful looking scorecard from a Lymington perspective saw five ducks, and a second top score of 6. The instigator of much of this madness was I White (6-18), as Mark Gannaway watched the mayhem from the other end, carrying his bat for an undefeated 57.

BEST OF THE WEEK: M Gannaway (Lymington) 57no

Mark Gannaway

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