Lymington U13b 79-2 Langley Manor U13a 80-4
Newton and Drodge help team soar to new heights
Langley Manor arrived a little late having taken the scenic route via Milford on sea,(very nice at this time of year), and then won the toss and elected to field. Under their coaches instructions Lymington were set three goals, score over 50, bat all eighteen overs, and don't bowl wides. A Drodge and S Moss started steadily, with the later falling in the 6th over with the score on 12. The next partnership was to set two records for the team. P Newton(30 ret) after playing himself in unleashed powerful shots to all parts including 4 boundaries. Meanwhile Drodge(17) continued to work the ball around supporting his more aggressive team mate. Having Newton retired Skipper M Williams(8) struck 2 boundaries in the last over to boost the total to 79. Newton and Drodge had a partnership of 57, a new U13b record, Newton is the first U13b to retire, and 79 is Lymington U13b highest score to date.
In reply Langley Manor were made to work for their victory. Lymington bowled tightly, and the fielding lead by Drodge, Williams, and Moors was exemplary. Special mention must go to the Lowe brothers, Simon for improving his ground fielding beyond recognition, and Michael for his improvement behind the stumps. Langley's openers M Hillier (32ret) and S Hillman set about the target with good control and it took the introduction of P Newton to break them up. Lymington didn't manage to take anymore wickets until their two youngest players bowled. A Drodge took 2 wickets and F Ambrose another one earning another two bowling points. Langley completed their chase in the 15th over.
Another good game, played by both teams in an excellent spirit, with 18 bowlers used. Lymington can take loads of positives from the game, another which has seen the team spirit and improvement grow each time they play together.