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
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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."