Lymington's bad run continues
At the picturesque Greenjackets ground in Winchester on a glorious sunny day acting skipper Christian Pain won the toss and elected to bat. Bryn Darbyshire (18) and Martin Hunt (13) started well and looked good to post a good score but Bryn was caught and bowled after some crashing drives and the Marty looking solid but was caught at 32. Mark Burrett (6) was bowled but Dan Wiggins (58) classy innings and Keith Dabengwa (8) repaired the damage. The Zimbabwean inexplicably tried to hit their spinner first ball out of the ground but was caught. After missing the match last week in-form Christian Pain (0) and club chairman Peter Tapper (0) brought in from 2nd team departed without troubling the scorers. At 84 for 7 Lymington were in serious trouble but Dan Wiggins excellent half century held the tail together with Kristian Rathbone (2), Mark Newton (0), Trevor Phillips (4) with a lovely boundary and Lloyd Scott (0 not out) offering limited support. Dan having run out of partners upped the pace in the last 3 overs but was magnificently caught on the long on boundary going for a 6. The innings closed on a very disappointing 122 all out in less than 50 overs. It was the St Cross spinner attack that did the damage on a pitch taking plenty of turn.
With such a small total to defend, the opening bowlers Trevor Phillips ( 4 overs 0 for 13) and Lloyd Scott ( 3 overs 0 for 18) had to take wickets but the opening batsmen chasing the small target were in aggressive mood and got off to a flyer putting on 42 until the first wicket fell. Enter the spinners... Keith Dabengwa (12 overs 4 for 34) caused the breakthrough and looked the only bowler able to win the match for Lymington producing prodigious turn from his left arm spin on an ideal pitch. Veteran Peter Tapper (4 overs 1 for 17) picked up a wicket with his spin, as did seamer Christian Pain (8.1 overs 1 for 33) but St Cross although losing 7 wickets and were 91 for 7 at one stage always looked in control.
Lymington at home to Hungerford next week Saturday 22nd July must get back to winning ways.