Match Report - Under 11a- 4 Jun 06
New Forest Colts Cricket Association League

Lymington 254 - Redlynch and Hale 239

Lymington pull clear in top of the table clash.

Lymington played host to this top of the table clash between Redlynch and Hale and themselves. It seemed that Lymington were going to benefit from coach Julian Edwards worst nightmare. Having already lost 3 players to trials, he had to play an "unknown" when one of his players failed to turn up. Lymington won the toss and ask Redlynch to make first use of the wicket.

After the first over Redlynch had blasted 13 runs causing some worried looks from the fielding side, and when another 7 runs came from the next over skipper Moors turned to A Maher in a desperate attempt to put the brakes on, which he immediately did only conceded one run. At the other end Cureton found his line, and when a brilliant piece of fielding by Drodge, hitting the stumps direct ran Vincent out Lymington started to breath more easily. After the first 4 overs Redlynch were on 214. which was a remarkable fight back by Lymo. The next 4 overs saw the visitors progress by another 5 runs in the face of accurate bowling. The third batting partnership appeared to gain the upper hand after 3 overs scoring 16 runs only for Drodge to bowl a double wicket maiden. Facing an uphill struggle J Bishop(6) and A Iverson(3) set about restoring some pride. Their 14 runs without losing a wicket gave Redlynch a target to bowl at of 239.

Lymington's bowlers F Ambrose 2-0-20-0, D Cureton 2-0-12-1, A Maher 3-1-8-1, J Roberts 2-0-13-1, A Drodge 3-1-4-3, J Cartwright 2-0-11-0 and K Moors 2-0-5-0.

In reply Lymington's first partnership of A Drodge(19) and K Moors appeared to have Lymington in the home straight with excellent quick singles and good running finishing their 4 overs on 222. J Cartwright and J Quigley(9) seemed to all but complete the job finishing their 4 overs 2 runs short of the Redlynch total. What happened next can only be put down to nerves, the next two partnerships managed to get out on a regular basis rather than just coast to an easy victory. In the end it was the cool head of J Roberts(2) guided Lymington home with a straight bat and good running on the loose balls. Having nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Lymington can count themselves lucky.

The difference between the two sides was probably again the excellent Lymington fielding, hitting the stumps direct 4 times, and stopping a good side from playing. The last 8 overs of batting from Lymington can be put down to inexperience and nerves, something only match practice can calm. Lymington's destiny is now in their own hands as they are the only unbeaten side in the league now.

J.L

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