Match Report - Sunday Friendly- 16 Jul 06

Lymington's Third and Fourth XI regulars were delighted to see that for once it was the opposition who turned up with less than a full compliment of players as South Wilts arrived with just 8 men, although that total did include two Aussies (one the son of former Test opener Graham Wood) and Wiltshire’s talented James Hayward. Things soon got even worse for the Salisbury side's captain John Williams as the coin came down on the wrong side and Lymington's stand-in tosser Matt Bowdler had no hesitation in sending the 8 men (plus a couple of Lymo players) out into the searing heat of the afternoon.

Dom Di Maria and Steve Coltman fell cheaply but Peter Tapper (59) and Trevor Phillips (63) regained the initiative with a stand of 68 for the third wicket. There was no let-up for the wilting South Wilts fielders as Bowdler (54) and Dabengwa (54) carried on swatting the ball to the boundary with gleeful abandon, and Lymo were able to declare shortly before tea on 278-7.

A difficult task became nigh-on impossible for the visitors as Dan Waters and Scott Tapper grabbed early wickets. Brendan Verco (36) played some classy shots before he was unfortunate to smash a full toss off Waters to the extra cover boundary where Di Maria took an excellent catch. Tim Noble then bowled Wood for 20, and it was left to Hayward to cream a few boundaries before he was last man out for 39 as South Wilts were dismissed for 111. Youngsters Waters, Tapper and Noble all grabbed two wickets apiece.



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