Match Report - Midweek Friendly- 14 Jul 06

Matt's the way to do it!

Club statisticians were sent scurrying for their record books as Lymington successfully chased Canford's massive total of 309 to win by 7 wickets with 5 overs to spare. In the club’s 199 year history it's doubtful if Lymington have ever recorded such a huge total batting second. (match report)

In the stunning grounds of Canford School the hero of the hour was Matt Bowdler whose unbeaten 132 saw Lymington home to a shock victory. Matt and guest player Max Smith destroyed the home bowling, adding 170 for the third wicket after Lymo had started their reply disastrously, losing Steve Coltman third ball of the innings. Smith eventually departed for a brilliant 111 with 36 runs still required, but Bowdler and Tom Hayward (15no) survived confident appeals for catches behind the stumps to guide the visitors home with plenty of overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, the home side - made up mostly of former Canford Schoolboys - had notched up 309-7 in a little over 50 overs. The lightweight Lymington bowling attack had struggled under the scorching midday sun and were grateful to Smith - a member of Lymington’s 1985 Southern League championship winning squad - who not only restricted the run-rate but took 3 wickets into the bargain. Howat (105) and Shepherd (71) were the main contributors for the home side, while Tom and George Hayward both took a wicket for Lymington. All in all, a great day out at what must be one of the finest settings for a cricket ground in England, if not the world.

Matt 132
Centurian Matt Bowdler milks the applause at Canford




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