17 Dec 05 Time to hang up your stocking!

What will the members of Lymington Cricket Club be hoping for at the end of their beds come Christmas morning?

Dave Gelling: Some toys to replace the ones he threw out of his pram after the Sparsholt match last summer.
Christian Pain: The Michelin Good Hotel Guide so he won't have to spend any more nights under the covers.
Bryn Darbyshire: Mark Jackson's forward defensive.
Mark Jackson: Bryn Darbyshire's cow shot.
Pete Smith: Some cotton wool to wrap his crocked ankle in so he doesn't injure himself before next season.
Trevor Phillips: A gun and Harry Redknapp's address.
Trish: A new thong to replace the one that Pete Smith was last seen wearing.
Tickle Jenkin: A carbon-dating kit so we can finally assertain his true age.
Malcolm Douglas: A new cricket shirt to replace that horrible badminton top.
Lloyd Scott: A video of his recent batting form in the indoor league to send to the First XI captain when the outdoor season begins.
Geoff Renshaw: A new jumper - surely it's time the old one was consigned to the Natural History Museum.
Martin Gregory: A recording contract or, failing that, a GPS Nav System so he can find the batsman.
Lymington Fourth XI: 11 players would be nice.
Jim Lowe: Another pair of hands so he can mend the sightscreens, clean the clubhouse, captain the Thirds, run the colts, etc, etc...
Adie Hunt: Promotion for the First XI, and a really fit bird. Not necessarily in that order.

17 Dec 05

Lymington CC Winter Training at Walhampton
Lymington have again been offered the use of Hordle-Walhampton School's magnificent indoor facilities for their winter training.

Colts training nights will run on Wednesday evenings from 18th January through to 15th March from 6.30-8pm. Players will receive a letter in due course telling them which evenings apply to their particular age group. More details can be obtained from Tony Wharton on 023 80 292696.

Senior Nets will be starting at Walhampton on Tuesday 7th February - Adie Hunt has all the details: 07834 976809.

17 Dec 05 Colts Presentation evening
Lymington CC will be holding its long awaited annual colts presentation evening on Friday 6th January 2006 at Towles Restaurant, Walhampton. Tickets for the evening, which commences at 7.30pm, will cost £5 per person and this will include a buffet. It is hoped that a member of the Hampshire staff will be on hand to present the awards. All club members will shortly be receiving an application form for tickets which they will need to return to Tony Wharton.
13 Dec 05

Coaching Course for under 10 and 11's
Cricket New forest is holding a holiday coaching course at Hordle & Walhampton School on the 20th & 21st December from 10am -4pm cost £50.00 for Under 10's & under 11's.

The Level 2 & 3 coaches attending are Zimbabwe A coach Shane Cloute, James Hibberd, Iain Brunnschweiler and James Newell.

Booking form

13 Dec 05 Christmas Booze-up

Any Lymington members wishing to celebrate Christmas a week early are welcome to come along to the Kings Head on Quay Hill this Saturday evening (17th) from 7.30pm. CJ will hopefully be in attendance to reminisce about his Christmas experiences during the war, and the informal get-together will almost certainly culminate with a visit the Killer Curry House across the road where Bob Iles will undoubtedly upset the staff by wearing a napkin on his head and shouting a lot in a very bad Indian accent.

13 Dec 05

All-rounder Bryn guides Lymington into Quarter finals
A fine all round display from a hobbling Bryn Darbyshire helped Lymington secure a place in the last eight of the New Forest Indoor League Cup, match report

10 Dec 05

Lymo are Record Breakers
Lymington rewrote the New Forest Indoor League record books last Sunday by piling up an amazing 235 for 1 in just 12 overs. Full story.

2 Dec 05

Back down to earth with a bump as Hedge End defeat Lymo

Having beaten the National Indoor Cricket runners up, Southern Premier League double winners and top of the table BAT CC 'A' in the previous match Lymington played Hedge End but unfortunately came unstuck. Match report

2 Dec 05 News from Down Under

Several former Lymingtonian cricketers are currently plying their trade down in Australia - with varying degrees of success. We take a look at how things are going for them.

Last season's relegation saviour Pete Smith hasn't been able to hold down a permanent spot in Balmain's First Grade side since returning home. And this despite his awesome first innings back in Sydney when he smashed an unbeaten 185 in just 78 balls. Pete was briefly promoted to Firsts following that knock, but was bowled for a duck and swiftly dumped back in the Seconds! Since then he has been helping the Tiger's Second XI climb up to second place in the Grade ladder. Pete is planning to return to Lymington next summer.

Meanwhile Karl Whatham has enjoyed a disappointing start to the season following his move from Balmain to North Sydney. His new team lie in 16th place in the Sydney First Grade ladder - just one place above his old club. Karl scored around 800 runs for Balmain in the last Australian summer, but his only major innings of note so far this season came against Campletown-Camden when he scored 64.

Over in Perth, former Lymo spinner Aaron Heal is enjoying life following his move from perennial strugglers Rockingham to Perth. The lanky slow left armer has a couple of half centuries to his name, and has also been among the wickets for his club side, but admits that his prospects of making the breakthrough with the Western Australia state side are fading fast. "The WA selectors don't pick spinners anymore, so it's almost impossible for me to get a game," he lamented. Team-mates at Perth include ex-Bashley star Luke Ronchi and Adam Gilchrist. "Gilly's a great bloke" said Aaron; "he's only played the once, and it rained unfortunately, but he bought us all loads of beer!" Aaron, who has recently completed a groundsman's course, hopes to return to England next summer and is already looking to forward to visiting the Sports Ground to indulge in a few beers with his old friends!

Wayner ponders his future after being dumped for a girl

Finally, we have a sad tale of woe to report from darkest Tasmania where ex-Lymington off spinner Wayne Smith has been playing for South Hobart Sandy Bay Cricket Club. The portly spinner is spending the winter Down Under with his Fawley team-mate Alex Doolan - a Tasmanian who made a great impression for the Oilers in the Hampshire League last season. Having played the first few matches for his new club's Second Grade side, Wayne was horrified to discover that he had been sensationally dropped . . . in favour of a GIRL! "I was absolutely gutted when I was told" admitted a shattered Wayne. "Apparently they reckon she can turn the ball more than I can!" He added: "Mind you, she can't bat like me - she plays straight!" Rumour has it that Lymington captain Adie Hunt had been keen to re-sign Wayner to solve his sides spinning problems, but may now turn his attention to the girl instead!

27 Nov 05 Captain's innings not enough for shoddy Lymo

Lymington suffered their first defeat of the New Forest Indoor season as they fell to a 4 wicket defeat against leaders New Milton. Match report.

27 Nov 05 Sports Ground invaded by Water Buffalo!

When we heard that lumbering beasts had been spotted roaming the Sports Ground we assumed that Bob Iles had announced his comeback. But it transpired that the beasts in question were a herd of Water Buffalo who had escaped from their farm in Pennington. According to reports in the national press, half a dozen of the animals strolled through the town around midnight last Thursday, taking in visits to Waitrose car park, the Sports Ground and churchyard before finally ending up in Lower Buckland just a stone's throw from John McGuirk's house. Quite what John made of all this on his way home from the Borough Arms is anyone's guess!

The Buffalo were reported to have caused little damage during their unannounced visit and were eventually rounded up by six policemen and escorted back to their field.

8 Nov 05 National Indoor runners up BAT hit for 6 by Lymo, match report
5 Nov 05 Gregors takes London by storm!
Lymington pace bowler Martin Gregory last week took the the first steps towards international rock stardom when he led his RoShambo band to victory in a national Battle of the Bands competition in London.

The five-piece band had seen off 50 other groups on their way to the finals which were held at Covent Garden. Backed by an enthusiastic coachload of supporters, RoShambo (which, in case you were wondering, is the proper name for the game Paper-Scissors-Stone) won the vote of the six judges at the Rock Garden with their impressive mix of indie, funk, techno and rock. Second XI regular Gregors is now hoping that the group's success in London will lead to a future recording contract.

Gregors – who lists his musical influences as indie legends Ian Brown and the Super Furry Animals – formed the band just 18 months ago, and also included in the line-up is brother Steve who plays lead guitar. Lymington members will recall the memorable set the two of them played at the Sports Ground a couple of years ago. Musical talent obviously runs in the Gregory family – the pair's Great Uncle Lewis often provides the musical accompaniment to our social nights at the Sports Ground on his electric organ.

RoShamble regularly play at the Thomas Tripp in town, but their next big gig takes place at The Brook in Southampton on November 26th. More information on the band, plus pictures and downloads can be found at

23 Oct 05 Naylor exorcises his Swan Green ghost!
Lymington v Swan Green, match report
23 Oct 05 Lloyd Scott almost snatches victory from the jaws of defeat
Lymington v Winchester, match report
23 Oct 05

Volunteer Coaching Courses
Attached are details of 2 coaching courses, this year.
Course1 today! Course2 26 November

23 Oct 05 Pete returns home with a bang!

The 'Lymington Effect' appears to be working again. This time last year Karl Whatham returned to Australia and recorded some amazing scores back in First Grade cricket, and now Pete Smith has announced his arrival back in Sydney with an awe-inspiring comeback performance. Just three days after stepping off the plane, Pete smacked a sensational 185 not out in just 78 balls as his Balmain Tigers side rattled up 328 in 50 overs against North Sydney in their Second Grade encounter.

Pete Smith in familiar slogging style

Described by the Balmain captain as "the greatest ever innings in Tigers history!", Pete's stunning knock included three mighty hits clean out of the North Sydney Oval - no mean feat considering that grandstands and terracing surround much of the historic old arena. The man they call 'Crazy Eyes' had reached his half-century in a relatively sedate 34 balls before accelerating to his ton from a further 20 deliveries. But then Pete really exploded, smashing his final 85 runs in an unbelievable 24 balls! The penultimate over saw Pete bludgeon 32 runs.

Ironically, in an exclusive interview with this website just before he flew home, Pete doubted if his return would be anywhere near as fruitful as Karl's, mainly because he thought he would probably try to hit every ball out of the ground just like he did at Lymington. Well, it seems as though he did try to hit every ball out of the ground. . . and it looks as though he succeeded!! A full account of Pete's heroic innings can be found on the Balmain Tigers website at

Pete's monumental innings will surely herald a swift return to the Balmain First Grade side. The Tigers have been weakened by the loss of Aussie quickie Nathan Bracken to Eastern Suburbs and a certain Karl Whatham who has joined North Sydney. On the plus side Balmain have signed promising Kent youngster Joe Denley, and they will also have the former England Test batsman Graham Thorpe available to play when his New South Wales commitments allow.

On the other side of Australia another former Lymington favourite has been on the move. Aaron Heal has left Rockingham-Mandurah to join Perth. The left arm spinner who spent the 2002 season at the Sports Ground teams up with Luke Ronchi (who is rumoured to be returning to Bashley next Summer) and Aussie keeper Adam Gilchrist who makes occasional appearances for the club.

23 Oct 05

Pete Smith - the definitive interview

Shortly before departing these shores, popular Aussie Pete Smith spent an evening telling about his summer in England. He recalled the high and low points of his time with Lymington and about a highly successful season which saw him score 570 league runs and take 25 wickets. And he ended the interview on a heartening note by revealing that he hopes to return to the club for the 2006 season. The interview

23 Oct 05 The date of the AGM has moved to Friday 13th January at Towels
lets hope the date is not too precipitous of events for the coming year.
30 Sep 05 Watch out World! Larry the Lark's back for another rant!
Our straight-talking feathered friend gives his forthright views on dressing room insiders, the price of a pint at Lords, tee-total rock formations and why the Fourth XI could be on the next Space Shuttle, more....
13 Sep 05

Found on a New Zealand web site:
Cricket: The Ashes 'foot in mouth' awards  


"We find it amusing and amazing how they always talk it up with about 12 months to go, telling everyone that they've finally got the team to beat us."

"I definitely believe if any of our batsmen get out to [Ashley] Giles in the tests they should go and hang themselves. But I'm confident that won't happen."

"I don't really care much for all this 'are they closer?' I really believe that it's all about us. If we are executing our skills, I don't believe there's a side that can get close to us."

"I think I was saying 3-0 or 4-0 about 12 months ago, thinking there might be a bit of rain around. But with the weather as it is at the moment, I have to say 5-0."

"England are playing pretty well, but I'm just not sure they know how to win yet."

"England will lose the five-test series 3-0, and the margin will be worse for them if it doesn't rain. If you put the players from Australia and England up against each other it is embarrassing. There is no contest between them on an individual or team basis."

"If Australia get away to a good start then England have got no chance. They have got to be competitive in that first test at Lord's, or else it's goodnight."


12 Sep 05 Winner: Lloydy got it bang on with 2-1 to England
11 Sep 05 The race is on for the closest ashes predictions
So it's all come down to the last day, still in the race for getting it spot on are: Lloyd Scott with the 2-1 to England (clearly the young have no scars) and Will Naylor at 2-2. The least accuarate predictions were Tony Warton at 5-0 to the Aussies (many scars) and of course a certain Glena McGrath.
6 Sep 05 Lymo Lord it up at C&G Final

Around two dozen Lymington players and members were at Lords on Saturday to witness Hampshire¹s superb 18 run win over Warwickshire in the C&G Trophy final. Indeed the match could be described as one big Southern Premier League and Hampshire League outing with hundreds of familiar faces from around the county to be seen on the train on the way up and at the home of cricket itself.

Spectator accommodation at the ground varied greatly, with some people in the cheap seats at the back while MCC member Neil Trestrail lorded it in the pavilion with the stiffs. The atmosphere inside the ground was surprisingly good for Lords with the Haaaampsheeer supporters in good voice. Hampshire's inability to make a big 300 plus total after a fantastic start actually made for a closer finish than most fans would have liked, but Bell's cramp and some tight bowling when it really mattered ensured that Warwickshire were always fighting a losing battle. Hampshire followers were already celebrating the victory when the umpires inflicted a 6 run penalty for slow over-rate, but it mattered not as Tremlett bowled Ntini to give Hampshire their first one-day trophy in 13 years. There were many great highlights during the day, but perhaps the most memorable moment was the emotional standing ovation that commentator Richie Benaud received during the Warwickshire innings - not to mention the wicket that fell very next ball. Nice one Richie!

Hampshire players lap of honour
Empty seats in view were where Warwickshire fans were sitting...


 Unfortunately the day ended on a bitter note for Lymington Fourth XI skipper Meg Gannaway who was forced to drink a pint of lager in the Light of India curry house, St Johns Wood following the match. As the photo clearly shows, staunch bitter drinker Meg was stunned to discover that the restaurant only served Kingfisher Lager. A sad end to a great day.

4 Sep 05

Fourth XI v Bashley - match report
Lymo v Island Taverners - match report - Adam gets 126

4 Sep 05

Coaching session leaves Dan in a spin!
15 year old Dan Waters thought he was coming along to Presidents Day just to fill in the scorebook, but ended up receiving a superb 15 minute coaching session from Zimbabwean leg spinner Brian Murphy. Promising leggie Dan was given tips on how to improve his action and grip by the Test star who has himself been coached in the past by leg spin guru Terry Jenner.

Dan, who recently finished second in the New Forest Under 15 single-wicket competition, now has the whole winter to practice his art and will hopefully be pushing for a place in the Third XI and perhaps even the Seconds next season.

4 Sep 05 Hotel bed shortage reaches crisis point in Lymington!
Christian Pain found a novel way of getting round the area's chronic shortage of hotel accommodation following the club's end of season party, more details with photo's!
31 Aug 05 Presidents Day: Lymo v Zimbabwe match report includes some great photos
Lymo 1st XI v Ventnor match report
30 Aug 05

Presidents Day
On Sunday former Lymo captain Dan Peacock brought his talented team of Zimbabweans to the Sports Ground as part of Lymington's Presidents Day celebrations. Test star Brian Murphy hammered a rapid 98 as the Zims scored 280 in just 45 overs, although they were assisted by several dropped catches by the Lymington fielders who were quite clearly suffering from the alcoholic excesses of the previous evening! Bashley opener Glyn Treagus scored a fine half century on his first return to the ground where he spent 10 successful seasons, and with Jon Hardy also finding the boundary with regularity Lymington were always in with a shout. But once those two departed, the Presidents side fell behind the run rate and were eventually bowled out some 40 runs short. A large gathering of members and guests gathered in the clubhouse following the match, not only to witness England's memorable and nailbiting victory at Trent Bridge, but also to see Dan Peacock presented with the Global Peaks Trophy and Glyn Treagus receive the man of the match award.

Thanks go to Trish and Wendy for the splendid catering and to the President for the highly refreshing Pimms!

29 Aug 05

Sports Ground win clinches title for Islanders
Ventnor's 21 point haul from Saturday's final SPL Div 2 match at the Sports Ground was enough to steal the championship by the narrowest of margins from overnight leaders Alton. Looking to end the season with only their second home win of the season Lymo had a reasonable enough start and reached 90 for 3. But once Bryn Darbyshire (33) and Ian Young (29) had departed, the familiar batting collapse ensued and Lymington were bowled out for 150. In scoring 14 runs Pete Smith did at least manage to double his league run tally at the Sports Ground, taking his home aggregate to 26 in comparison to an away total of nearly 550!!!! Adam Darbyshire took 2 wickets to set up a nervy finish for the Islanders who needed to win with wickets in hand to overhaul rivals Alton who were making hard work of beating relegated Calmore. Martin Gregory grabbed a wicket on his first senior appearance of the season, but Day and Whyte guided Ventnor home with 5 wickets in hand, and at the end of the match it was confirmed that Alton had collected just 19 points so Ventnor were the champions.

Lymington ended the season in 7th place ahead of OTs and relegated Sparsholt and Calmore.

SEPL Results and tables

The Second XI completed the season with a fine 15 run victory at Langley Manor. Simon King's half century helped Lymo to 248 for 9 before the home side - who now face the prospect of relegation to County Division 2 - were restricted to 233 for 9. The Seconds moved up to 12th place as a result of the win, a creditable performance in a sometimes turbulent season.

The Thirds and Fourths suffered uncannily similar defeats against their Bashley counterparts. The Thirds were bowled out for 167 on the plastic at the BCG and fell to a 6 wicket defeat, while the Fourth XI totalled 164 and lost by 5 wickets at Woodside despite one of their best performances of the season according to captain Meg Gannaway. The highlight of the match was 14 year old George Hayward's dismissal of ex-Lymington batsman Mark Figgins who had been sensationally dropped from Bashley's Third XI. The Thirds finish the season in 13th spot in South West Division Two, while the Fourths did at least avoid the wooden spoon in SW Division Three by finishing second from bottom ahead of Beaulieu.

27 Aug 05 Keeping Lymington in the picture
Being sidelined for a whole season due to injury can be a pretty depressing prospect for some cricketers, but for John McGuirk it has opened the door to a brand new hobby and potential new career. John has put his spare time to good use by taking up photography, and the big Irishman (and his zoom lens) have been a familiar sight at Lymington matches recently. Many of John's photos have ended up on this website, and his results have been so impressive that there will be a selection of his photos on display in the clubhouse on Presidents Day this Sunday. One photo that definitely should not be missed shows young Dan Waters evading a Neill Denby beamer while wicketkeeper Peter Tapper looks on. Surely a collectors item!

Sporting celebrities to appear at the Sports Ground

Adie Peterson

This Saturday may see a large influx of famous sportsmen and women to the Sports Ground as Lymington Cricket Club bid farewell to the 2005 season. Following last year's successful Seventies theme, for this year's end of season party all members are encouraged to dress up as one of their sporting idols. This does raise the intriguing possibility of Chris Hunt coming along as Lester Piggott, Bob Iles as Giant Haystacks and Peter Tapper as himself! There will be music and games and extremely cheap beer. The evening starts from 8pm and is restricted to members only.

27 Aug 05

Lymo staying up as deadly Darbyshire routs Rowledge

Lymington First XI are staying up! A six wicket win for Adie Hunt's men at Rowledge, coupled with defeats for relegation rivals OTs & Romsey and Sparsholt, confirmed that Lymington can't be caught. Ironically, even a defeat yesterday probably wouldn't have mattered due to the fact that Sparsholt have been deducted the 18 points they gained in beating Calmore a fortnight ago for fielding an illegible player. As it was, Lymington cruised past Rowledge's 194 all out with more than 15 overs to spare. Bryn Darbyshire again showed his class on a tricky surface by belting 84. He and Mark Burrett rescued Lymo after a potentially disastrous start which saw Jackson, Young and Smith depart with less than 30 on the board. Burrett guided Lymington home with an unbeaten half century. Earlier, Lymo had let the hosts off the hook after reducing them to 90 for 7. Booton and Metcalfe shared a fine 8th wicket stand of just under a hundred before Burrett claimed two wickets to wrap up the innings. Match report

SEPL Results and tables , Division 2 stats

While next Saturday's final SPL match of the season now takes on a lot less significance for Lymington, for opponents Ventnor it could hardly be more important. Due to leaders Alton's stunning demise yesterday against St Cross, Ventnor are now level on points with just the one match to play. Incredibly, the batting and bowling points of Alton and Ventnor are also exactly the same, so quite what happens if both teams remain level after Saturday's matches is anyone's guess. Alton have the advantage of facing bottom side Calmore, while Lymington will be looking to end the season with a home win against the Islanders after some dismal recent performances at the Sports Ground. Following the match, all members are encouraged to come along to the Clubhouse for the traditional end of season shindig. Details to follow later in the week.

Elsewhere yesterday, the Seconds were defeated by Bramshaw at the Sports Ground (match report) while the Fourths lost to BAe Systems and will surely now face the sad prospect of relegation from South West Division Three (match report). The Third XI's match against Ellingham at Woodside fell victim to the previous week's weather.

17 Aug 05 Washout means it's going down to the wire

All four of Lymington's league matches on Saturday fell victim to the weather. The First XI were handily placed at 50 for 1 when the rain arrived with Mark Burrett looking in particularly good nick. With every other game in the area also being abandoned, it means that the battle to avoid relegation from SPL Division Two will go right down to the wire. A win at Rowledge on Saturday could potentially make Lymo safe, but this would depend on other results going in their favour. The next fortnight certainly won't be for the faint-hearted!

Spare a thought for Lymington Second XI who suffered a long and wasted journey for the second consecutive away match. A fortnight ago they arrived at Petersfield to discover that the game had already been postponed, and on Saturday they travelled to Flamingos (the hardest ground to find in the world!) to play just a few overs before the rain came.

Dale Middleton Memorial Match

A large gathering of friends, relatives and former team-mates of the late Dale Middleton were at the Sports Ground on Sunday to watch Bashley defeat Lymington by 24 runs in the second annual match to be played in Dale's memory. Full match report with photo storyboard

11 Aug 05 Lymington desperately seeking home comfort

Adie HuntLymington skipper Adie Hunt (pictured) is hoping that his side can put their poor home form behind them as they go into Saturday's crucial SPL encounter with Hungerford at the Sports Ground. Since defeating Havant in their first home game on June 4th, Lymo have failed to win at the Sports Ground and have not even registered a three figure total in any of the four subsequent matches. This contrasts sharply with their performances on the road which have seen Lymington rattle up 348 and 296 in their last two away fixtures.

Adie will also be praying that run machine Pete Smith finally comes good at the Sports Ground. The powerful Aussie has now notched up 536 league runs, but staggeringly only TWELVE of those runs have come at Lymington! This gives Pete an average of 87.34 in away matches, but just 2.40 in home fixtures.

Saturday's visitors Hungerford are almost safe from relegation following their narrow win over OTs & Romsey last Saturday, although they are still one of six teams that could potentially join doomed Calmore in Division Three next season. The real battle would appear to be between Lymington, Havant II, Sparsholt and OTs. Sparsholt have the easier run-in with matches against Havant II, Hungerford and Rowledge, while OTs and Lymington face the tougher prospect of taking on high flying Rowledge and Ventnor. The Islanders may well travel to the Sports Ground on the final day of the season needing a win to secure the title, so a rapid return to form at home against Hungerford this Saturday is vitally important for Lymington.

If the situation at the foot of the SPL is tight, then spare a thought for the Fourth XI. Captain Meg Gannaway had virtually resigned himself to relegation following last weeks defeat at Mudeford . . . but then discovered that his team had actually GONE UP two places in the table despite the loss! At this rate, defeats in their final three matches should ensure a top half finish!

Dale Middleton Memorial Match
This Sunday Lymington and Bashley meet at the Sports Ground to remember Dale Middleton. The talented young all rounder played colts cricket for Lymington and progressed on to Bashley First XI in the Southern League before his tragic death in 2003. The senior match, which starts at 2pm, will be preceded by an Under 15 match between the two clubs at 10.30am. Friends of Dale are welcome to attend.

10 Aug 05

Adie's First XI v Havant match report

Meg's Fourth XI v Mudeford match report
Meg's Brian Rickman Memorial Trophymatch report

7 Aug 05 Super Smith keeps Lymington's hopes alive
Lymington threw themselves a relegation lifeline as their bizarre run of inconsistency continued yesterday at Havant Park. This was yet another match that Lymington dare not lose, but unlike last week against Sparsholt when Lymo folded like a deck of cards, this time it was fellow strugglers Havant Seconds who couldn't take the pressure.

Once again Lymington owed much to Pete Smith who scored a brilliant 109 in a formidable total of 296 for 8. But perhaps an even greater influence came from Ian Young, playing his first senior game of the season, who scored 63 and took two stunning catches behind the stumps. With solid contributions from Mark Burrett, Marty Hunt and Christian Pain Lymington had effectively batted the hosts out of the game by teatime. Lloyd Scott then grabbed 3 wickets as Havant slumped to 142 all out. Also well worth a mention was Tommy Carter's breathtaking one handed catch at point.

The importance of the win was rammed home later when captain Adie Hunt discovered that fellow relegation candidates Sparsholt had also won. Hungerford will be drawn right back into the danger zone if they lose at the Sports Ground next Saturday in a game that Lymington (yes you've guessed it) dare not lose!

SEPL Results and League Tables

Elsewhere, a weakened Lymington Seconds were well beaten by Fawley at the Sports Ground. Matt Allen notched up a half century as Lymington were dismissed for just 135 in reply to the Oilers 215 for 6.

The Thirds also had a poor result against BAT at Woodside, going down by 6 wickets after being dismissed for 102.

Highest score of the day went to Meg Gannaway who rattled up an unbeaten 110 for the Fourth XI against Mudeford. Tom Thorp (36) also contributed in a Lymington total of 196 for 4, but it wasn't quite enough as the home side reached their target with 3 overs and 5 wickets to spare. Young Aidan Lindsay-Wood continued his splendid run of form with 3 wickets, and despite the defeat Meg Gannaway was highly proud of the way his inexperienced side performed.

3 Aug 05 Christian Oozes Six Appeal!
Lymington's 2005 Six-a-Side tournament has been won by Christian Pain's 'Under the Thumb' team. They won all three of their group matches on Sunday before defeating Adie Hunt's side. Read the complete report with loads of photos.
2 Aug 05 Crushing defeat puts Lymo in deep water
Yet another dreadful batting performance has left Lymington perilously close to the relegation zone. They suffered a fifth catastrophic collapse in seven matches on Saturday against fellow strugglers Sparsholt who now trail Lymo by just a fraction of a point.

All the pre-match talk suggested that a win could go a long way to effectively sealing Lymington's Division Two safety. But the tone for the afternoon was set as early as the first over when Tom Carter inexplicably try to pull a straight ball and was bowled by veteran Mike Ball. Sparsholt - who had won just three times all season - couldn't believe their luck as a procession of Lymington batsmen threw away their wickets. And once again the tail failed to wag as Lymo slumped to 76 all out inside 25 overs.

Wickets for Smith, Pain and Scott gave Lymington a faint glimmer of hope as Sparsholt reached 52 for 4 at tea, but Ian Stuart skillfully guided his team home to a crucial 5 wicket win.

It's hard to fathom out how a team that scores 348 one week can bat so appallingly and make just 76 the next. Galling too was the fact that had Lymington batted for their full 50 overs they would surely have been saved by the rain that swept in and forced the abandonment of all three of Lymo's Hampshire League matches and virtually every other Southern League fixture on Saturday.

With just four matches left, and two of those against high-riding Ventnor and Rowledge, Lymington need to find some runs from somewhere - and fast! The fat lady hasn't exactly started singing just yet, but she'll be toning up her vocal chords in anticipation if Lymo suffer another defeat at Havant next Saturday. See Tony Wharton'smatch report

SEPL Results and League Tables

Super Aidan inspires Under 13s to cup glory
Aidan Lindsay-Wood was in inspired form as Lymington Under 13s captured the New Forest Under 13 cup thanks to a 41 run win over Mudeford at Langley Manor yesterday. The Hordle-Walhampton livewire scored an unbeaten 30 in a Lymington total of 138 for 3 before the league champions were restricted to 97 in reply. (Report to follow)

Coach Tony Thorp was full of praise for his talented team, but singled out man-of-the-match Aidan for particular mention. "Aidan's innings gave us a great platform to build on," he said. "His fielding was sensational too. One of his stops on the boundary wouldn't have looked out of place in a match on Sky."

29 Jul 05 Firsts v Calmore - match report
23 Jul 05 Massive total not a record
Statisticians were sent scuttling for their history books at Loperwood Park on Saturday to see if Lymington's 348 was the club's highest ever league score. In fact it wasn't - that honour belongs to Dan Peacock's side in 2001 who amassed 384 for 4 against Old Basing. It did, however, beat the 335 for 2 recorded against Cove in the same season. That innings included the incredible 213 not out by Brian Clemow - a record that was recently surpassed by Purbrook's Will Prozesky. As the Cove and Old Basing matches were both played at the Sports Ground, this means that Saturday's total was the highest score ever recorded by a Lymington team playing away.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the massive score at Calmore was the fact that it came just a couple of weeks after Lymington had suffered their worst ever run of Southern League batting failures. In three weeks Lymo totaled just 83, 66 and 89 against Alton, St Cross and Ventnor respectively. Indeed if it hadn't been for Calmore's 60 all out at Rowledge last week, Lymington would almost certainly have featured in Division Two's highest AND lowest totals of the season!

Jacko - missed outOne more intriguing aspect of the Calmore match was the fact that, in a final total of 348 for 8, opening batsman Mark Jackson finished 15 not out! Now we know that Mark bats cautiously on occasions, but this was plain ridiculous! Actually, Jacko pulled a hamstring after a few overs and was replaced by Peter Smith who went on to smash a 50 ball century. So, in a bizarre sort of way, the pain in Jacko's hamstring proved to be the thorn in Calmore's side!
23 Jul 05 Smith defies the terrorists and launches a few missiles of his own!
Just two days after finding himself in the midst of a terrorist attack in London, Pete Smith wrought some havoc of his own at Calmore yesterday as a resurgent Lymington thrashed the Division's bottom side by a whopping 147 runs.

Damn, I should have hit that last ball harderThe giant Aussie had traveled to South London on Thursday to meet a friend and exited the Oval tube station just minutes before a bomb was detonated on an underground train passing through the station. 48 hours later Pete was in inspirational form at Calmore's Loperwood Park, smashing 119 and taking two wickets. Billed as a match that neither team could afford to lose, the game was effectively over by teatime as Lymington rattled up 348 for 8. Bryn Darbyshire (72), Mark Burrett (31) and Ed Carter (28) also prospered on the excellent batting surface, but unsurprisingly it was the rampant Aussie who again caught the eye with 6 huge sixes and 16 fours. It is perhaps a tribute to the awesome hitting power of the man that Smith later admitted that it had been one of his more patient innings - despite the fact that his century came off just 50 balls!

With Lloyd Scott and Marty Hunt grabbing three wickets apiece, Calmore did well to reach 201 in reply. But with just one win to their name all season, the writing must be on the wall for a club that was an established Gold League side just two years ago. If, as looks likely, Calmore do go down to Division Three next season, just who joins them is anybody's guess. OTs & Romsey plunged Lymington's next opponents Sparsholt deeper into trouble yesterday with a 6 wicket win, while Hungerford eased their worries with a convincing 91 run win over St Cross. It all means that next Saturday's clash at the Sports Ground is yet another match that Lymington dare not lose.

The Second XI pulled off a thrilling last over victory against high-flying Sarisbury. Chasing an improbable target of 288, Lymo were given an ideal start by Neil Trestrail (82) and Simon King (52) who added 148 for the first wicket. Matt Molloy (39) and Ian Young (39no) then guided Lymington home with Younger hitting a six into the tennis courts to seal the match with two balls to spare.

There was less fortune for the Thirds and Fourths who were both well beaten after conceding well over 300 runs (match reports to follow). One bright spot for the Fourth XI, however, was a maiden league half century for young Will Thorp.
24 Jul 05

SEPL Results and League Tables for 23 Jul 05

22 Jul 05

Crunch time at Calmore!
Lymington venture to Calmore Sports tomorrow for a match that neither side can afford to lose. Like ourselves, Calmore lost several key players over the winter and have suffered as a result. They currently sit at the bottom of the table with just one victory - a 3 wicket win over OTs & Romsey back in May. They were skittled out for just 60 last week at Rowledge and almost certainly need to win tomorrow to retain any realistic hopes of avoiding the drop. Lymington, meanwhile, were buoyed by last week's morale-boosting 41 run win at Romsey and know that a win at Loperwood Park would further enhance their survival prospects.

Lloyd Scott returns to the team in place of Christian Pain who is busy blowing up balloons for his engagement party, while Tom Carter comes in for Simon King after scoring a half century for the Twos last week. Having guided Lymington out of yet another precarious start last Saturday, Mark Jackson deservedly retains his openers spot.
Full side: A Hunt, M Hunt, M Jackson, M Burrett, P Smith, B Derbyshire, T Carter, E Carter, E Molloy, T Phillips, L Scott

The Second XI face a tricky home fixture against Sarisbury Athletic who lie in fourth place in the table. Last week's 7 wicket defeat by struggling OTs & Romsey II leaves the Seconds just above the County One danger zone and looking nervously over their shoulders.

The Third XI take on Stone Cup finalists Swan Green at Woodside, while the Fourth XI make the short trip to the seaside to play Milford on Sea.

Sunday sees the visit of tourists Hadleigh Wood Green to the Sports Ground.

20 Jul 05 Little UrnSo who will win the Ashes?

It's just 4 inches tall and probably the most sought after item in world cricket. No, we're not talking about our First XI captain, we're talking about the Ashes. The eagerly awaited 63rd Ashes series begins tomorrow at Lords and we asked a few Lymington members to give us their predictions for the battles ahead:

Adie Hunt: Aussies to win 3-1 unfortunately.
Steve Scott: It's a shame we couldn't have played the Test series earlier in the season instead of Bangladesh. Australia are just a bit stronger than England and will win 3-2.
Ed Carter: Australia to win 2-1 because England's batting will fail at least twice during the series.
Trevor Phillips: The teams were well matched in the one-dayers but the Aussies have got Warnie back now and I think that gives them the edge. It'll probably be 3-1 to Australia, but I hope I'm wrong.
Lloyd Scott: I've got a gut feeling that England will win 2-1.
Tickle Jenkin: Yugoslavia 8-0.
Tom Myatt: We are the kings of the world and will win 3-2!
Will Naylor: Australia will win the first two matches and then Shane Warne will be banned for some sort of abuse and it'll end 2-2.
Tony Wharton: Australia will win 5-0 because the England players don't play enough Sunday cricket or make themselves available for midweek friendlies.
Pete Smith: You're not playing Bangladesh now boys! 3-2 to the Aussies.

So there you have it - if you believe the majority of Lymington players the Aussies are on course to retain the Ashes, but all agree that England will have at least one victory to celebrate.

20 Jul 05

Firsts v OT's and Romsey match report

Fourths v Beaulieu match report

19 Jul 05 Lymington cricketers shocked by moving article
Lymington members were somewhat bemused to pick up their copy of the Lymington Times on Friday to read that the Council are apparently planning to uproot the club from the Sports Ground and move us all down to Woodside. However, Town Clerk Ray Jones was quick to reassure the club that the story came from a council meeting when the possibility of improving sporting facilities in the town was discussed, and insisted that no firm plans have been formulated. Having said that, the front-page newspaper article seemed to be quite specific in its plans for the cricket, tennis, bowls and football clubs, and with Lymington CC nearing its 170th consecutive year at the Sports Ground, the cricket club will naturally be monitoring the situation very closely.
18 Jul 05

FiggyFiggy returns with a vengeance!
Former Lymington batsman Mark Figgins returned to the Sports Ground last Friday to guide his Bashley side to a seven wicket win over Swan Green in the final of the Stone Cup.

It was a sweet moment for Figgy who has endured his fair share of stick from his former clubmates since crossing the New Forest divide more than 12 years ago. Replying to Swan Green's 128 from 18 overs, Figgy scored an unbeaten half-century and deservedly won the man-of-the-match award.

18 Jul 05 Memories come flooding back for Ray
Among the fair-sized crowd at the Sports Ground for last Friday's Stone Cup final was Lymington Honorary Member Ray Flood. It was a nostalgic return to the Sports Ground for Ray who made his debut for his home town club as a 14 year old in 1950 before joining the select band of Lymingtonians who went on to play First Class cricket, full story
18 Jul 05

Marty's spin proves to be the turning point
A six wicket haul from occasional left-arm spinner Martin Hunt inspired Lymington to a desperately needed 41 run victory at Romsey Sports Centre on Saturday. Chasing Lymington's 236 all out, Romsey were well placed at 140 for 3 with ex-Lymingtonian Max Smith in imperious form. But, on 82, he attempted a reverse sweep off Hunt and was caught at backward point, and the home side never recovered and slumped to 195 all out.

Earlier, Lymington had reached three figures for the first time in five innings, although there was the customary wobble at the beginning as Lymo slumped to 10 for 2. However, Pete Smith (82) and Bryn Darbyshire (47) guided Lymo out of trouble before another mini-collapse left Lymo teetering around the 200 mark with 8 wickets down. Crucially, the last three batsmen - Ed Carter, Trevor Phillips and Ed Molloy - all added vital runs to take their side to what would prove to be an unassailable 236 all out.

The Second XI fell to a 7 wicket defeat against OTs & Romsey II, but as none of the team could be bothered to push the covers on or put the rope out at the end of the game, I can't be bothered to write anything about them.

The Thirds recorded a thrilling one wicket win over Woodgreen at Woodside see the match report. The Fourth XI suffered a last over defeat at Beaulieu despite 55 from captain Gannaway.

17 Jul 05

SEPL Results and League Tables for 16 Jul 05

14 Jul 05 How the Cup was won!
Amateur photographer John McGuirk was on hand at Langley Manor last week when Lymington defeated Cadnam by 50 runs in the President's Cup final. Click here to see the match report and the excellent photos of the match.
13 Jul 05 Stone Cup comes home
This Friday Lymington Sports Ground will be hosting the final of the annual Stone Cup competition. For many years all Stone Cup matches were played at the Sports Ground, and many of our older members recall large crowds gathering for matches between the likes of Rydal, New Milton, Boldre, Pylewell, Husbands of Marchwood and ourselves. Nowadays the Stone Cup is contested by the smaller clubs in the Forest and this year's final sees Swan Green take on Bashley. The match commences at 6.15 and we hope to be running a barbeque.
11 Jul 05

First XI v Alton - match report

Seconds v BAT II - match report
303 too many to chaise

Thirds v Southampton Travelers - match report
A century for Jerry
Fourths v Suttoners - match report
6 wickets for young Will

11 Jul 05

Where there's a Will there's a way!

A stunning bowling performance from 14 year old Will Thorp guided Lymington Fourth XI to their first win of the season at Woodside on Saturday. Will grabbed 6 for 31 - including a hat trick - as Lymo overhauled Suttoners' 148 all out to record a morale boosting 5 wicket victory. He also chipped in with the bat, scoring 25 and offering valuable support to Steve Coltman who returned to form with a fine 65. Another youngster with plenty to chirp about at Woodside was 13 year old Aidan Lindsay-Wood who took a wicket with his very first ball in senior cricket! The following day both Will and Aidan were back playing colts cricket and helped Lymington Under 15s to a narrow victory over local rivals Bashley at the Sports Ground.

The Third XI also enjoyed a good win on Saturday thanks to a brilliant century from Jerry Holt. The classy opener hit 5 sixes and 10 fours in his unbeaten 127 as Lymington totaled a season's best 244 for 4 against Southampton Travelers at Test Park. Paul Sturmey (4-45) and Jack Todd (3-42) then reduced the home side to 188 all out.

The Second XI came to grief in Totton against a very strong BAT Seconds. They were never in the game after BAT had smashed 303 for 6. Guy Hayward (50) and Dave Griffiths (49) did at least salvage a little pride as Lymo closed on 212 for 8.

As for the First XI . . . You don't want to read about it, I don't want to write about it - so let's just forget about it!

10 Jul 05 SEPL Results and League Tables for 9 Jul 05
10 Jul 05 Simon King CenturyKinger scores maiden century on Romsey return
Simon King notched up his first century last Sunday as Lymington drew their Sunday friendly with OTs & Romsey. It was Kinger's first visit to the club he left at the start of the season, and he celebrated his return in style, scoring an unbeaten 105 in a Lymo total of 230 for 4. Also reaching a noteworthy milestone was 14 year old Will Thorp who scored his maiden senior half century. OTs replied with 140 for 6.
10 Jul 05 Sat 2 Jul Summary- So near yet so far . . .
Lymington almost produced one of the greatest comebacks on Saturday before eventually falling to a two wicket defeat in an amazing contest against St Cross. There was pure disbelief all round the Sports Ground in the first few overs of the match as Lymo slumped to a calamitous 8 for 5. Bryn Derbyshire launched a one-man revival before he was sixth out, having scored 41 out of the 44 runs on the board! Derbyshire's wicket signaled another collapse as Lymington were dismissed for a dismal 66 in less than 21 overs.

But the drama was far from over as Pete Smith (5-41) and Trevor Phillips (2-25) tore into the St Cross top order. With the ball skidding around on the damp surface, the visitors were also soon in desperate trouble at 19 for 5. When this became 29 for 6, Lymo began to sniff an historic victory. However, Indian Raj Niak was proving immovable, and he skillfully guided St Cross to the brink of victory before he fell leg before to Christian Pain for 35. Smith summoned up one last ounce of effort in his final over to take the eighth wicket with the score on 64, but a slash through the slips finally brought victory for the mightily relieved visitors.

The defeat was terribly painful for Lymington who showed incredible character to fight back after such a dreadful batting performance. Sadly, the scorebook doesn't lie and the six ducks (including three first ballers!) speak for themselves. Bizarrely, in the game as a whole, only two of the 21 players who batted made double figures and extras was second top scorer in both innings!

Both captains were clearly stunned by their side's respective batting debacles. Lymington skipper Adie Hunt was keen to point out that the greenish Sports Ground pitch had little to do with the plethora of wickets. "Both me and Matt (Perry-Lewis) agreed that it wasn't a bad pitch to bat on. There was just lots of excellent bowling and some poor shot selections. It was just one of those freaky games, I guess".

Elsewhere, the Second XI were the only Lymington side to record a victory as Mark Jackson guided them to a comfortable win over St Cross Seconds in Winchester. Jacko's patient 73 helped Lymo reach 166 before the home side were dismissed for just 86, match report

The Thirds were well beaten by Ordnance Survey despite a fine display from Adam Derbyshire who took 5 wickets and scored a nifty 50.

And there was heartbreak for the Fourth XI who suffered an agonising one run defeat against fellow strugglers Verwood at Woodside, match report.

Sadly, not one single Ordnance Survey or Verwood player came back to the clubhouse for a drink after the matches. Are we really that nasty in Lymington?

9 Jul 05 Lymo lift Presidents Cup
Lymington skipper Adie Hunt last night picked up his first piece of silverware as his side beat Cadnam by 50 runs in the Presidents Cup Final at Langley Manor.

The final margin of victory was perhaps a little harsh on the Hants Division 3 side who had reduced Lymington to a potentially disastrous 16 for 4 at the start of the match. And had they accepted either of the difficult chances offered up by Pete Smith early in his innings, the final result would almost certainly have been much closer. As it was, the rampant Aussie went on to smash a vicious half century which included 5 sixes (and 3 lost balls!). Christian Pain (40) and Neil Trestrail continued the recovery to take Lymington to 138 for 8 from their 18 overs.

With Kiwi Michael Pinney departing early, Cadnam were always up against it and rapidly fell behind the run rate. Pete Smith sealed his man-of-the-match claims with 2 for 4 in 3 overs, and wickets were shared around as Cadnam slipped to 88 for 7 at the close with opener Paul Jewar batting through for 34 not out.

Following the match, Adie Hunt proudly accepted the trophy from New Forest Cricket Association President Vic Loveless, while Smith pipped team-mate Christian Pain to the man-of-the-match award.
9 Jul 05 There's a fair few match reports to detail from over the last week these should appear over the next few days
30 Jun 05

First XI v Ventnor match report
Second XI v Redlynch and Hale match report
Fourths v Burley match report , 109* by Mark Gannaway not enough!

27 Jun 05

More misery for the First XI but Seconds and Thirds both win
Lymington suffered a third straight SPL defeat as they collapsed to just 89 all out chasing Ventnor's 180. Early in the game Lymington had been well on top and reduced the Islanders to 70 for 5, but a gritty sixth wicket stand saw the reigning champions nudge their way to a defendable total on a pitch offering much assistance to the seam bowlers. Once again Lymington's fragile top order struggled and, like the home side, the visitors found themselves floundering at 70 for 5. However, unlike the home side, there was to be no dramatic recovery and the last 5 wickets fell for precious few runs.

The Second XI recorded a much needed victory over Redlynch & Hale. They cruised home after bowling their opponents out for just 116 with the returning Ed Carter and Dominic Norton both taking four wickets. There was also better news for the Thirds who defeated Burley at Woodside thanks to a fine knock from Time Lord Nick Lee. The Fourth XI performed much better this week, but are still searching for that elusive first win despite a battling century from captain Meg Gannaway against Burley Seconds.

SEPL Results and League Tables (word format this week)
SEPL Div 2 stats (word format)

27 Jun 05

Aussie night hailed a success

With the Aussies suffering a humiliating defeat against minnows Bangladesh, we probably chose the wrong day to stage an Australian theme night in honour of our own Aussie Peter Smith. Fortunately, the amiable all-rounder from Sydney took the remorseless mickey-taking in good spirit and was even able to give us a rousing rendition of Waltzing Matilda. He also took part in a Rolf Harris-style painting competition, just losing out to Dominic Di Maria whose drawing of gorgeous model Wobbly Wharton captured the vote of judge Queen Janet. The Bush Tucker Trials were won by Tim Noble who correctly identified and ate a shrimp, a mouse and a snake (not real ones, obviously!), while the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the world record attempt at fitting the largest number of people into Pete Smith's Nissan Micra. The final figure was an incredible 13 humans and a dog! Anyone know Norris McQuirter's phone number....

24 Jun 05 Fourth XI are pure poetry in motion!
Pete Smith wasn't the only record breaking member of Lymington CC this week. Fourth XI captain Meg Gannaway became the first person to have a match report published in the form of a poem in the Lymington Times! Unable to find the words to describe his side's dismal 226 run defeat against CBBEA in standard prose, he instead resorted to poetry to sum up their tragic demise:

On losing the toss CBBEA chose to bat;
And who could blame them on a wicket so flat?
After the first two balls the scoreboard read eight,
And Lymington already began to ponder their fate.
Two wickets then fell to young Dan Walters
But the destiny of the match these breakthroughs could not alter;
On piled the runs as two batsmen scored tons;
Whilst the total score was in excess of three ones.
All summer long Lymington hadn't scored that many in total,
And confidence was low to reach a target so tall;
Wickets fell quickly, and cheaply at that,
With only Will Thorp (23) getting many off the bat.
The last few wickets fell in an alarming clatter,
But by that stage it really didn't matter!

24 Jun 05 Rampant Smith makes history at the Sports Ground!

Pete Smith yesterday became the first cricketer in the 169 year history of Lymington Sports Ground to hit six sixes in just one over. Full Details and diagram!
24 Jun 05 4ths v Camelot match report
23 Jun 05

Lymington stunned by mystery 'insider'

As if the heavy defeat against Rowledge on Saturday wasn't bad enough, Lymington First XI skipper Adie Hunt was shocked to open his Echo on Monday afternoon to read highly critical comments about his team from a mystery 'dressing room insider'. The unnamed source suggested that Lymington are lacking commitment and not practicing hard enough for their Southern Electric Premier League matches. The comments came after only three batsmen reached double figures as Lymo collapsed to 115 all out and a thumping 122-run defeat by Division 2 rivals Rowledge at the Sports Ground on Saturday.

The captain was understandably angered by the totally unjustified comments. "I really can't fault the commitment of my players this season" he said. "In fact, I'll go as far as saying that if we'd had that same level of commitment from players in previous seasons I'm pretty sure we would have won our League by now."

And seasoned campaigner Trevor Phillips has dismissed criticism that the relatively young and inexperienced Lymington team is not practicing hard enough. "Whoever made these stupid, ill-informed and damaging remarks obviously hasn't been to the Sports Ground on training nights. Virtually all the first team players have been practicing at least once a week since the start of the season and it's fair to say the attendance at midweek training has been a great deal better than in previous seasons," he said.
"If anything, the really disappointing aspect of the Rowledge defeat was that we collapsed despite all the practice we've been doing".

Phillips also defended Lymington's batting record this season. "The Rowledge game was the first time we've been skittled this season and people ought to remember that even when we had the likes of Treagus, Peacock, Craft et al we were apt to a calamitous batting failure once or twice a season," he pointed out.

Knee-op sidelines Mark for a six weeks

Batsman Mark Burrett will miss several weeks of the season following an operation on his injured knee. The former Ellingham player sustained the injury during a football match for Hampshire League side Ringwood Town. The operation was thought to be a success and Mark should be back playing within 5 to 6 weeks.

23 Jun 05

Now that's what I call a Bashing!
Lymington are through to the final of the President's Cup following their demolition of rivals Bashley on Monday evening at the BCG. Chasing the Gold Leaguer's 128 for 5, Lymo cruised home to a 7 wicket win with almost 6 overs to spare.... match report

23 Jun 05

1st team v Rowledge match report

2nd team v Hursley Park match report

20 Jun 05

Not a great weekend, all 4 Senior teams lost.

SEPL Results and League Tables (word format this week)

17 Jun 05

Aussie Night at the Sports Ground. .

It's time to dust off your bush hats and fill up your eskies because Lymington Cricket Club are holding an Australian Night this Saturday 18th June.

There will be Aussie music and games (including our very own version of Bush Tucker trials); and if you're lucky, Pete Smith might do a rendition of Waltzing Matilda. There will also be a prize for the person wearing the tightest pair of Aussie Rules-style shorts! Castlemaine XXXX will be just £1 a bottle all night, and the fun starts from 8pm at the clubhouse. Don't miss it!

15 Jun 05 Classy Gellers rolls back the years
First XI coach Dave Gelling produced a vintage performance last night as Lymington CC narrowly defeated their Sports Ground co-tenants from the Football Club in a 15 overs-a-side friendly.

The former Combined Services all rounder - playing in his first match for 5 years - exuded class as he stroked 5 fours and a six in a Lymington CC total of 167 for 5 (Phillips 45, Trestrail 32). Gellers (pictured) then grabbed two wickets with his slow left arm bowling as Lymington Town replied with 161 for 6. With Martin Hunt smashing several huge sixes, the match was in the balance until the stocky left-hander eventually fell to Neil Trestrail for 89 in the final over. This left the footballers needing a six from the final ball of the match to level the scores. This they might have achieved if it had not been for a stunning flying catch on the long-on boundary from Tony Jenkin (no, you're not seeing things - it really was Tony Jenkin!!!).

14 Jun 05 Lymington out in force for Aussie thrashing
Many Lymington members gathered at the Rose Bowl yesterday to witness the historic first Twenty-20 clash between England and Australia. And those Lymingtonians fortunate enough to obtain a ticket were treated to an unforgettable evening of high drama as England wiped the floor with the old enemy. Of course, not every Lymo player was happy with the result - Pete Smith went uncharacteristically quiet after Darren Gough dismissed Gilchrist and Hayden in successive deliveries! Ex-Lymington star Karl Whatham, referring to the forthcoming Ashes series, finally rose to the bait of the gloating Pommies with the chilling retort of: "This is the worse thing you guys could have done!" Oooh - get back in the knife drawer!!! But there was to be no denying the England fans their moment of glory as they ruthlessly taunted the Aussies with chants of 'Are you Bangladesh in disguise?', 'Can we play you every week?' and a few others we couldn't possibly repeat!

Karl Whatham wasn't just at the Rose Bowl to watch his heroes get hammered, he was also there to belatedly receive his 'Best All Rounder' trophy from last season. The prolific runscorer, currently piling up the runs for Thames Valley Leaguers Harefield, is pictured receiving the trophy alongside current Lymington players Pete Smith, Adie and Martin Hunt and Trevor Phillips.

14 Jun 05 Lymo feel hunger pains
Another tense last over finish saw the team unable to contain Hungerford to less than 262, match report
12 Jun 05

Lymington 1st XI stay 5th despite loss to Hungerford
Lymington lost to Hungerford 262ao to 265 for 7 in the last few balls in a closely fought game that spun both way in the closing overs.

SEPL Results and League Tables

10 Jun 05 Development Draw - Huntastic Luck
£100 Jan Hunt
£50 Mr Phillips (Trevor's dad)
£20 Martin Hunt

The fact that 2 members of my family won has absolutely nothing to do with me!!!! said a beaming Adie. Pete Smith is alleged to have drawn the numbers, with the careful supervision of the Development Draw Manager.

10 Jun 05 EXCLUSIVE! Larry the Lark (the only official club mascot in the Southern Premier League!) has agreed to write an occasional column for the Lymington Cricket Club website. In his first article we hear Larry's controversial views on mysteriously shrinking flagpoles, disappointingly named Australians, the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact and lots, lots more...
7 Jun 05 JimJim'll Fix It
One of the side screens that's "somewhat past it's best" finally broke during last Saturday's game. The side support fell off and a wheel collapsed. No sooner was it reported to James than it was fixed and painted. Nice one Jim.
7 Jun 05 Coming soon, Larry the Lark on the web!
7 Jun 05 Christian wins Cricket Bits Magic Moment Award

Christian shows his delight at the award Christian Pain has won this weeks Southern Premier League Magic Moment award sponsored by his Dad! aka Cricketbits of Salisbury. The award is for his magnificent 50 not out for Lymington to win the SEPL Div 2 game against Havant on Saturday, an almost faultless and wonderfully paced innings witnessed by his father.

A delighted Christian said 'my Dad takes the cricket clock off the shelf it's gets formally handed to me and I put in on the mantel piece!'


7 Jun 05 Onward Christian Soldiers!
The first 1st XI match of the season to be played at the Sports Ground ended in dramatic fashion with a win for Lymington by one wicket in the last over. full match report
6 Jun 05 Cricket's 10 Commandments - sound advice for the ladies
5 Jun 05 Three out of four
The First XI beat Havant II in a tense and close finish for the second week running. This time there were no wickets in hand with 4 still needed. Christian Pain did the business with the bat getting his 50 off the last ball.
The Seconds beat Leckford by 3wkts, now up to 11th in the league.
The Third XI got their first win of the season against Mudeford II for the loss of only 1 wicket
The Fourth XI lost to Pylewell Park II match report

SEPL 4 June Results and Tables Lymo strengthen their 5th position

3 Jun 05 Weekend Preview: Lymo in need of a home help
Six weeks into the 2005 season Lymington First XI are finally hoping to play their first home match of the season. The previous two home fixtures against OTs & Romsey and Calmore were both cancelled due to rain, and with more heavy rain forecast tonight, skipper Adie Hunt must be wondering if he'll ever get to lead his side out on the Sports Ground's hallowed turf. If the rain does hold off and allow the match with Havant Twos to go ahead, Lymington - and Pete Smith in particular - will be in confident mood following last Saturday's amazing win at Sparsholt. The holidaying Ed Molloy once again hands his keeper's gloves to brother Matt, while Tom Myatt is working and his place may well go to all-rounder Chris Nutt.

Buoyed by last week's stunning win over leaders Locks Heath, the Seconds make the long trip to bottom club Leckford. The Third XI will be looking to break their duck at Hordle, while Fourth XI captain Meg Gannaway entertains his old friends from Pylewell Park at Woodside.

On Sunday Lymington take on BAT in a friendly fixture that could see the return of Lymo old boys Damian Shirazi and Nick Jenkin.

1 Jun 05 Thirds v Langley Manor Match Report

Seconds v Locksheath Match Report
Great win for Lymo in a high scoring game

Fourths v Hythe & Dibden Match Report
not for those who only like winning stories....

Sunday XI v Bexley Park Match Report

  Older 2005 news
Trophies 2005
Presidents Cup Winners
Best Batting 2005

132* P Smith
1st v Sparsholt - 28 May

105 P Smith
Lymo v Shooters Hill - 21 Jun

109* M Gannaway
4th v Burley - 25 Jun

105* S King
SunXI v OTs & Rom - 3 Jul

127* J Holt
3rd v S Travellers - 9 Jul

119 P Smith
1st v Calmore - 23 Jul

108 P Smith
1st v Havent II - 6 Aug

110* M Gannaway
4th v Mudeford - 6 Aug

126* A Derbyshire
Lymo v Taverners - 29 Aug

Best Bowling 2005

5 for 44 - D Norton
2nd v South Wilts - 11 Jun

5 for 51 - D Norton
2nd v Hursley Pk - 18 Jun

5 for 41 - P Smith
1st v St Cross - 2 Jul

6 for 31 - W Thorp(age 14)
4th v Suttoners - 9 Jul

6 for 55 - M Hunt
1st v OTs - 16 Jul

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