Bashley pylon the agony!
Lymington's poor run of results against Bashley continued as they fell to an agonising last over defeat in the New Forest Indoor League. It was a real sickener to lose a match that Lymo had been in control of for the majority of the contest, and after the match even Bashley's Shaun Lilley admitted that his side had ridden their luck somewhat.
The match had begun well for Lymo with Tom Carter and Trevor Phillips (with the help of some very wayward Bashley bowling) adding 78 for the first wicket. Some tight overs from Matt King and Neil Taylor slowed the run rate down, but Bryn Darbyshire hit two big sixes in the final over to push Lymington's total up to 120 for 3. Star batsman was undoubtedly Tom Carter who looked in awesome form, thumping several boundaries into the back wall on his way to 35 not out.
Bashley began their reply cautiously and were well behind the run rate after 4 overs. But then it all started to go wrong for Lymo as the Bash batsmen decided to chance their arm. A couple of dropped catches and a host of wides dragged the Gold Leaguers back into the game, and they went into the final over requiring 15 for victory. This they achieved courtesy of a Neil Taylor six from the penultimate ball of the match, leaving a dejected Lymington to rue those missed opportunities.
Lymington's next match sees them take on newcomers Bransgore in the League Cup on November 21st.
Molloy ploy brings joy!
Lymington steamed into the quarter finals of the New Forest Indoor League Anniversary Cup competition thanks to a 55 run mauling of Division 3 side Bransgore. Simon Naylor (47), Matt Molloy (26 not out), Bryn Darbyshire (23) and Dominic Norton (23 not out) all contributed towards a massive Lymington total of 177 for 4. With Lymington's regular bowlers hurling down a plethora of wides, skipper Adie Hunt turned to occassional bowler Matt Molloy to tighten things up. And Molloy, making a welcome return to the side after a long absence, proceeded to take a career best 3 for 33 as Bransgore replied with 122 for 5. The plucky minnows batted extremely well to reach this total, although their cause was helped by some rather average bowling. Lymington will have to bowl much straighter if they are to avoid a cup upset when they take on Second Division Ordnance Survey in the next round after Christmas.
Bryn me Sunshine!
Lymington recorded a 15 run victory over neighbours Pylewell Park in their latest Indoor League match at Lymington Sports Centre. However, they had Bryn Darbyshire's typically swashbuckling innings to thank for boosting what had been a rather mediocre total. The powerful left-hander arrived at the crease with Lymo struggling on 100 for 2 with just 1 over remaining, but a flurry of boundaries took the score to a more respectable 119 at the close. Earlier Tom Carter (25) and Matt Molloy (22) had given the team a good start before the innings lost its way somewhat in the middle.
Two sharp run outs accounted for the dangerous Royan and Mapes, and although Graham Smith (38 not out) batted well, he could only watch as his fellow batsmen struggled to put bat to ball against the much-improved Lymington bowling. When former Lymo star Clive Kitcher lobbed a catch to Matt Molloy, the game was well and truly up for Pylewell who finished 15 runs short on 104 for 4.
Adie stays cool as Lymo move up the table
Lymington moved up to third place in the New Forest Indoor League thanks to a 15 run victory over struggling Hythe & Dibden. Lymo suffered a disastrous start to the match in the first over when Tom Carter slipped whilst attempting a quick single and was run out without facing a ball. But they recovered through the impressive Simon Naylor and Adie Hunt, who both scored 32. However, three more run outs halted Lymington's progress, and from 70 for 1 Lymo slumped to 110 all out.
Kevin James and Simon Wright added 42 for Hythe's first wicket before the latter was caught behind off the nippy Jason Carr for 21. Froggett was run out next ball without scoring, and when Bunce also fell for a duck with the score on 67 for 3 the match was finely poised. James returned to the fray with 30 still required from 3 overs, but he soon fell to a sharp catch by Matt Molloy at mid-off off Naylor. Guymer kept Hythe's hopes alive with a couple of boundaries, but with just one Adie Hunt over remaining, the Watersiders still required 16 to win. A run out saw Guymer depart for 28, and Lymington wrapped up the match when Hunt cleaned bowled last man Bowman off the fourth ball of the over. With the two teams above them - Fawley and New Milton - still to play after Christmas, Lymington still have an outside chance of taking the title.
Woeful batting display costs Lymington dear
Lymington's slim hopes of winning the New Forest Indoor League were all but ended by Brockenhurst who inflicted a 2 wicket defeat on Adie Hunt's team. Lymington only had themselves to blame following an abysmal batting display. Tom Carter (25 not out) and Simon Naylor (17) gave Lymo a solid start with an opening stand of 71, but the remainder of the team could muster just 23 runs from the final 5 overs of the innings to give a disappointing final total of 94 for 3. However, 3 run outs in just 6 balls - including two stunning direct hits from the electric Matt Molloy - left Brock struggling on 25 for 3. But this brought Steve Mallinson (45) to the crease and despite yet another run out with the score on 58, he and Ken Sharp (20 not out) saw Brock home with just 2 balls of the match remaining.
Naylor guides Lymo into semi-finals
Lymington marched into the New Forest Indoor League Cup semi-finals
thanks to a 11 run win over Ordnance Survey. Lymo owed much to stand-in
captain Simon Naylor who scored an unbeaten 56 in a total of 126 for 4.
Bryn Darbyshire (21) and Matt Molloy (27) also figured strongly as Lymo
produced a much-improved batting performance following last week's
shambles against Brockenhurst. Tom Carter and Jason Carr bowled tidy
spells to keep the Mapmakers under the cosh right from the start of
their innings, and the only threat came from the prolific Jon Bance
(46). But Molloy and Naylor kept their heads at the death and guided
Lymo to a semi-final meeting with Swan Green who defeated Hythe in their quarter final. The semi will be played on Sunday 6th
March at 5pm.
Too little, Two late!
A bizarre administrative mix-up led to Lymington fielding just four players in their latest New Forest Indoor Cricket League fixture. With Jason Carr and Bryn Derbyshire mistakenly thinking that the match started an hour later than it actually was, Lymington had little chance of beating leaders Fawley. And so it proved for the Lymo Four who could muster just 69 from 12 overs. Matters weren't helped by some suicidal running between the wickets which accounted for Molloy, Naylor and Phillips. Former Lymo spinner Wayne Smith claimed the other wicket to fall. To their credit, Lymington actually bowled and fielded quite well, and at least claimed one wicket when Tom Carter had Rice caught behind by Matt Molloy. However, despite some near misses, the Oilers cruised to victory in less than 8 overs.
Tommy Guns down Burley
A rapid 23 from Tommy Carter ensured an early finish to Lymington's latest Indoor League match at Lymington Sports Centre. Chasing Burley's meagre 67 for 4, Carter and Simon Naylor (21 not out) took less than 7 overs to record a 5 wicket victory. The win lifted Lymington to fourth in the table but condemned Burley - who included ex-Lymingtonian Les Browning - to relegation from Division One.
Ironically, following the debacle in the previous fixture when only four players turned up, Lymington actually had SEVEN show up for the Burley match! The extra man was Adie Hunt who had returned a week early from Australia following the sad death of his Grandfather Ernie. Ernie had been a keen supporter of local sport, and last Saturday a minute's silence was held in his honour before Lymington Town's Wessex League football match at the Sports Ground.
Tie leaves Wayne feeling champion!
Ex-Lymingtonian Wayne Smith was the happiest man in town last Sunday as Lymo's final Indoor League match of the season against New Milton ended in a dramatic tie. With Milton needing to win the game to keep their title hopes alive, the result meant that Wayne's current side Fawley all but clinched the title for the second consecutive year. They now need to beat struggling Hythe & Dibden this Sunday while New Milton need top take maximum points in their final match and hope that Fawley slip up.
To be honest, Milton only had themselves to blame for the result. They were handicapped right from the start thanks to the non-arrival of Ryan Beck. But despite this they still got themselves into a winning position before losing their last wicket with the scores level.
It all started well for New Milton who made light of their numerical disadvantage with some tight bowling. They restricted Lymington to a modest 103 for 5, and it could have been even less but for Bryn Derbyshire (48 not out) who slogged 17 valuable runs in the final over. Apart from Bryn, there was little to write home about in the Lymington innings. Tom Carter (11) looked good before running himself out yet again, while Simon Naylor (3) registered a rare failure.
Milton made steady progress in reply in the face of some tidy bowling from Dominic Norton and James Myatt. But Lee Miller (24) and Lee Beck (24) fell just before reaching their retirements and in the end Milton's title hopes rested on Nick Gargaro who needed to score six runs from Naylor's final over. Five were gleaned from the first four balls, but with the scores level Gargaro set off for a suicidal single and was run out by James Myatt.
The tie means that Lymington are likely to finish in fourth place in the table - a fair reflection on an up-and-down season. Attention now turns to the cup semi final against Swan Green on Sunday March 6th (5-6pm).
On the subject of Wayne Smith, Lymington had been hopeful of tempting the portly all rounder back to the Sports Ground to solve the First XI's spinning crisis. However, Wayner made the big mistake of forgetting to attend Fawley's recent AGM and ended up being voted in as the club's new secretary, thereby tieing himself to the club for the foreseeable future! If only Everton had thought of doing that with Wayne Rooney!
Cup hopes go up the Swanny!
(Warning: this report is not for those of a squeamish disposition!)
The word 'unbelievable' has become somewhat over-used in sport in recent times, but there can be few other ways of describing Lymington's astonishing demise against minnows Swan Green in their New Forest Indoor Cup semi-final yesterday. Having rattled up an impressive 146 for 3, a make-shift Lymington side missing four regulars had their lower-league opponents reeling at 56 for 4. However, with a seemingly impossible 88 runs required from 6 overs, Bill Stride strode to the wicket and embarked on the innings of a lifetime. Stride, and fellow batsman Kevin Gray, decided to run for everything and succeeded in forcing a series of needless overthrows from Lymington's lacklustre fielders. Following Gray's dismissal - caught behind by stand-in wicketkeeper Jim Lowe - Stride launched into a barrage of boundaries, but going into the last over Swan Green still required an improbable 20 runs for victory. Stride smashed 13 off Simon Naylor's first three deliveries and then lobbed the next ball back over the bowler's head where it appeared to ricochet off a light, onto the back wall and then down in to Dominic Norton's grateful hands. Amazingly, as the mightily relieved Lymington players celebrated a victory the umpire signalled a six! Stride duly hit a single off the next ball to complete a sensational victory for a jubilant Swan Green.
Despite the controversy surrounding Norton's 'catch that never was' it was hard to deny Stride his moment of glory. He ended on 74 not out including 11 fours and 2 sixes and had virtually won the match on his own. However, the result was tough on Adie Hunt who earlier scored an unbeaten 42 and took 2 for 25.
Sadly, Swan Green's luck ran out in the final where Fawley beat them by 43 runs to complete a unique league and cup double.
Thats all this winter season folks