Having beaten Portsmouth and Southsea earlier Lymington won through to play St Cross in the final of the U11 Hampshire Cup (Now to be known as the Alan Rowe Cup) St Cross are one of the most formidable teams in Hampshire, with 3 Hampshire players, and the rest of the team involved with the Winchester District side. Lymington had by comparison only one district player, so were relying on their team spirit to pull them through. The format of 20 over cricket is new to Lymington as they play pairs cricket in the league, setting another challenge when you consider that this is all St Cross play.
Winning the toss St Cross chose to bat, and set about the Lymington bowling of D Cureton (4-0-28-1) and A Maher (4-0-30-1) with purpose. At 60 of the first 8 overs Lymington were in trouble, fortunately the introduction of J Cartwright's leg spin (4-0-16-1) and Felix Ambrose (4-1-7-3) in turn with J Roberts (1-0-22-1) slowed St Cross to 111 after their 20 overs. For St Cross J Sennett (33 ret) S Berryman (14) H Over (16) and J Weatherley (11) were the main contributors.
In reply Lymington were soon in trouble A Drodge (15) for his runs, but it was only the arrival of J Cartwright (30 ret) and later Felix Ambrose (12 no) who seemed able to score runs off the excellent St Cross attack. A Berryman (4-0-12-3) J Brooke (4-2-5-1) and W Heard (4-1-14-1) were the pick of the bowlers.
Lymington fell 40 runs short of their target, but with only 5 of this team going up to U13 next year they certainly intend to try and make the finals next year, and are now fully aware what it takes to be a winning team at this level.
This is just one more Chapter in the remarkable Lymington Colts season, having won the leagues at U15, U13, U11a, and only failing to win the U11b title when Fawley the weakest team in the league forfeited the match due to a soccer tournament, leaving Lymington no chance to rearrange the fixture. The U11s have also been runners up in the All Hampshire U11 cup, and on Sunday completed an amazing season by winning the Bashley 6 aside tournament, which the B team were also semi finalists in. This must make Lymington Colts the most dominant force in Colts cricket in the Forest this season. Lymington CC are holding a Week of Cricket Excellence 14th to 18th of August, all 7 to 13 year olds are welcome.