Match Report - Fourth XI - 6th August 05
Lymington v Mudeford

Side Batting First: Lymington 196 for 3
Side Batting Second: Mudeford 195 for 5

A youthful Lymington side consisting of an under-11 and two under-12's put up a brave, though ultimately unsuccessful, performance against a Mudeford team well placed in the league. A tight opening spell by Matt Hawkins (2-47) posed questions to the Lymington openers, but as time passed so the bat began to dominate and drinks were taken shortly after the loss of the first wicket. Building upon the platform of a century opening partnership for only the second time this season, this foundation laid by Tom Thorp (34) was steadily built upon by the incoming batsmen. With Lymington eyeing a target in excess of 200, they were pegged back by sensible bowling with the pace being taken off the ball. The innings was closed four runs short of the double century, and Mark Gannaway undefeated on 110.

The Mudeford openers of T Stevens and D Assindei both scored classy 40's, being particularly strong clipping the ball of their legs and it was with much relief that they were both removed in quick succession as they had been scoring at seven runs an over. The introduction of Aidan Lindsay-Wood (2-27) gave Lymington a glimmer of success, and with Elliott Lindsay-Wood (2-47) also taking wickets a tense finish seemed in order. S Jacobs seemed unwilling to take the game to the wire and a rapid 49 calmed any queasiness that Mudeford may have experienced, and it was left to P Carter (35no) to see Mudeford home. The Lymington youngsters were still able to leave the field with their heads held high after giving their utmost to the cause, with Nick Elliott and Ben Rostand – on his senior debut – performing excellently in the field.

Mark Gannaway

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