Weekend Summary - 7-8th May 05

Things can only get better!
Lymington began the season in the worst possible manner with all four sides suffering comprehensive league defeats.

The new-look First XI were well beaten by 48 runs at Alton. Lymington rarely looked likely to threaten the home side's 240 for 5 with only Martin Hunt (46) showing any sort of form. New Aussie Pete Smith lasted just a few balls before chasing a wide one and departing for 5. Earlier Smith had been unfortunate not to take a wicket in a quick opening spell. Lloyd Scott making his first team debut opened the bowling at the other end took the first wicket and followed up with a second in his second spell. Dominic Norton grabbed two wickets in successive balls, including Alton's overseas batsman Ryan Hale who departed for a golden duck. Young Sam Westcott also making his debut took the other wicket to fall.

The Seconds lost by 8 wickets to Fareham & Crofton, but despite the margin of defeat it could actually have been much worse! Batting first, Lymo were in dire straights at 11 for 4 from 16 overs before Dave Griffiths (34), Chris Nutt (28) and Trevor Phillips (54) took the score to 147 all out. 16 year old Peter Harding then took a wicket with only his third ball in Hants Division 1 cricket, but that was about as good as it got for Lymo as Kevin Light steered Fareham home with a fine unbeaten 74.

The Third XI fell to a 32 run defeat against a strong Godshill side at Woodside. Chasing the visitor's 196 for 5 things looked promising with Jim Lowe (46) at the crease, but wickets tumbled and Lymo slumped to 168 all out.

The Fourth XI probably fared better than the other three sides as they went down by 4 wickets to New Milton Thirds in a low scoring affair at Fernhill. Having been bowled out for just 66 Meg Gannaway's men took six Milton wickets before finally succumbing.

Despite the whitewash, there was actually a positive to draw from the first weekend of the season. Right up until late on Saturday morning it looked unlikely that the Thirds and Fourths would be able to field full sides due to numerous unavailabilities and injuries. That they eventually did was a great tribute to the persuasive powers of the respective captains who scoured the phone directories and trawled the streets to ensure that 44 players took to the field in the afternoon.

Smith's night on the tiles!
Australian Pete Smith is finally off the mark - in more ways than one! If rumours are to be believed, the giant Aussie was escorted out of a Bournemouth night club on Saturday evening by a mystery 'Uma Thurman lookalike' (his description!). Just hours later Pete smashed his first six in England as Lymington beat Trojans in a Sunday friendly. The 6 foot 5 inch giant launched the ball over the tins and onto the roof of a nearby house, removing several tiles in the process. It was generally thought to be one of the biggest sixes in living memory at the Sports Ground. Sadly Pete tried to repeat the shot a couple of balls later and was stumped for just 14, but it mattered little as Lymo raced to 215 for 5 (Martin Hunt 62, Peter Tapper 68no). In reply the youthful Trojans side looked to be on course for victory amid the showers until 15 year old leg spinner Dan Walters grabbed 4 wickets to help dismiss them for 186 with 3 overs to spare. Having been asked to keep wicket for the first time since his schooldays, 31 year old Smith rounded off a memorable day of 'firsts' with his maiden stumping in senior cricket!


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