|Lymo Under 11a Tournament Winners
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Lymington entered two U11 teams in the inaugural 6-a-side competition hosted by Bashley Cricket Club. The tournament comprised of two groups, with the top two going through to the semi-final.
The B's started comfortably against New Milton, but almost made a pig's ear of it against Sway, with defeat avoided when Nathan Smith bowled a maiden in the final over, with two wickets also falling.
Although defeat came in the next two games they were both thrillers. Firstly, against Bashley, the home side needed two to win off the final ball, which they narrowly did. Then, against Pylewell, Lymington needed four to win or three to tie of the final ball, but only managed to run a two. This wasn't the end of hair's breadth dealings for the B's, with the three teams (Lymington, New Milton, Pylewell) all finishing with the identical playing record of having won two and lost two. That all important second qualification spot was therefore decided by least wickets lost throughout the day, which went to Lymington (having lost 6, compared to 7 and 9 respectively).
Meanwhile, the A's had enjoyed rather more sedate progress, recording comfortable wins against Bashley, Pylewell and Calmore. Despite scoring a mammoth total against Andover – led by a 50 opening partnership between Kieran Moors and Adam Drodge – a powerful batting side easily chased their target down. Thus both Lymington sides came second in their pool and so missed each other in the semi-finals.
The B's were soundly beaten by Andover, but another catch in this match by Felix Ambrose off his brother, Louis, bowling ensured that they would respectively win the fielder and bowler of the tournament.
The A's meanwhile were taking care of the hosts to set up a fitting final between arguably the two best teams on the day. However, confidence amongst the A's was not high having lost the group match, and with David Cureton making a mad dash to Hurn airport after the semi.
Batting first Andover clocked up 60 runs, and an imposing target looked even more daunting with the loss of an early wicket. Perhaps for the first time during the day, Lymington realised that there was no shame in losing wickets and that there was no point in wondering what might have been. So it was that they stayed at around the two run a ball rate that was required, but wickets were falling. With the scoreboard showing 10 runs needed off the last three balls, Jack Roberts proceeded to hit 2,4,4 and the gathered Lymington fans set off on a chorus of delight. The celebrations soon stuck in the throat when they realised the scoreboard had been knocked back one run to leave the scores level, and thus Andover winning due to losing less wickets.
Dejectedly the Lymington players trooped to the pavilion for the awards presentation only to catch a whisper that the scorer and umpires did not agree on the final score. This whisper proved to be indeed correct, and Lymington had capped off a tremendous season with another piece of silverware.