Lymington began their 2005-06 New Forest Indoor League campaign with a resounding win over newly promoted Swan Green. The victory went a little way to avenging last season's embarrassing cup semi-final defeat to the same side, especially for Simon Naylor who still suffers nightmares over the catastrophic last over he bowled in that defeat! Naylor, who has taken over the captaincy of the side for this season, showed his class as he cruised to 36 not out in a Lymo total of 140 for 2. Sam Westcott also batted well on his debut, making an unbeaten 33. Adam Darbyshire (2 for 10) and Dominic Norton (2 for 9) bowled extremely accurately to effectively put Swan Green out of the contest within the first 5 overs. However, a gritty last wicket stand saw the Swannies hold out and they eventually ended on 79 for 5.
The only disappointment for Lymington in an otherwise first-rate display was Trevor Phillips' dropped return catch off the final ball of the match which denied Lymo an extra bonus point.
lymington's next match is scheduled for Sunday 30th October (3-4pm), although this is subject to alteration due to opponents Bashley being away on a golfing trip.
Lymington suffered their first defeat of the New Forest Indoor season as they fell to a 4 wicket defeat against leaders New Milton. Only Simon Naylor got to grips with some tidy Milton bowling, particularly from spinner Ryan Beck who took 3 for 20. Naylor hit several boundaries before being caught and bowled by Beck for 31, while last man Dominic Norton flayed a couple of late sixes to take the score to a modest 91 for 5.
Despite losing the early wicket of Lee Miller, Milton always had the upper hand and reached their target in the penultimate over. Opener Steve Taylor bludgeoned 29 and very nearly killed the umpire with one ferocious straight drive!
Captain Naylor was philosophical following the match. "Considering we were missing a few regulars I thought we did okay. We bowled alright but our batting let us down - our running between the wickets could improve" he added.
Lymington rewrote the New Forest Indoor League record books last Sunday by piling up an amazing 235 for 1 in just 12 overs. The mammoth total came during Lymo's cup clash with minnows Milford on Sea. The sorry Seasiders could muster just 5 men for the preliminary round tie at Lymington Sports Centre, and Lymo took full advantage, scoring at almost 20 an over. Every Lymington batsman reached the 25 retirement figure, and Trevor Phillips (51 no) went on to record a maiden indoor half century. The other run scorers were Simon Naylor (31), Dominic Norton (30), Scott Tapper (26) and Peter Tapper (25), while Nick Lee (26) was the only batsman to lose his wicket. The shell-shocked Milford batsmen did at least manage to hold out until the final over of the match when they were finally dismissed for 87 (of which 47 were wides!), giving Lymington a massive 148 run winning margin.
Ironically the record breaking score came just 7 days after the previous record had been broken by Paultons. They amassed 205 for 3 in their fixture with Burley, surpassing the 2002 conceded by Lymington against Hythe & Dibden in 2002.
Lymington expect a much harder test this Sunday (5pm) in the first round proper when captain Simon Naylor faces his old Brockenhurst team mates.
A fine all round display from a hobbling Bryn Darbyshire helped Lymington secure a place in the last eight of the New Forest Indoor League Cup.
|Under-fire captain Simon Naylor
The swashbuckling left-hander shrugged off a torn hamstring to smash a rapid 25 before taking 3-11 as Lymo cruised to a 46 run win over Division One rivals Brockenhurst.
Bryn was assisted by Trevor Phillips (29no), Simon Naylor (25no) and Jim Lowe (13) as Lymington totalled a challenging 138 for 2. Brock never recovered from losing two wickets in Bryn's first over and were soon reduced to 36 for 4 before Dick Wickison's 29no took them to 92 for 4 at the close.
Captain Naylor was particularly pleased with the performance - not least because it was against his old club. "Bryn's bowling was superb, especially as it was the first time he'd ever bowled indoors", remarked Naylor. The captain also brushed off critical remarks made by an unhappy member of his team following the match. The unnamed player - believed to be the Chairman of a well-known local cricket club - was disappointed to face just one ball and not be given the chance to bowl. "I explained to him that the only reason he was batting at number 6 was because we weren't allowed a number 7" stated Naylor.
Lymington now face rivals Bashley in the quarter finals on January 29th.
Free-scoring Lymington continued their advance up the New Forest Indoor League table with a thumping 57 run win over Ringwood. Bryn Darbyshire again led the carnage with an unbeaten half century, while brother Adam struck 25no, Peter Tapper 29no and Trevor Phillips 27no in a final total of 157 for 2. Graham Bowater (25no) smashed a few lusty blows for Ringwood, but the Lymington bowlers generally produced a much-improved display and Ringwood's reply petered out at 100 for 3.
Lymo have now scored a massive 933 runs from just 6 league and cup matches - that's an average of 155 per innings. Trevor Phillips leads the Lymington run charts with 168 and captain Simon Naylor not far behind on 149, while Bryn Darbyshire has slogged 111 runs in his 3 innings so far and has also taken the most wickets (5) from just 6 overs.
Lymington take on reigning champions Fawley this Sunday at 4pm.
Lymington produced a frankly pitiful performance in their latest New Forest Indoor League match against a weakened Fawley. Simon Naylor reminded his players before the start of this match that four wins from their final four games would see Lymo in with a chance of winning the league. But the captain's words obviously fell on deaf ears as the batsmen contrived to get themselves out in all manner of fashions. The final total of 95 was always likely to be inadequate, and so it proved with Fawley cruising home with three overs to spare and the full six wickets in hand. Bizarrely, such was the quantity of wides Lymington threw down, that neither of the Fawley opening batsmen retired - probably a record for a team chasing a target of just under a hundred! Wides contributed to almost half the final score, and the only Lymo player to emerge with any credit was the stand-in keeper Dom di Maria who must have felt like a goalie in a penalty shoot-out with balls flying all over the place.
Naylor will be looking for an improved performance this Sunday when Lymo take on struggling Bashley in the cup quarter final.
Lymington's hopes of New Forest Indoor Cup glory were dashed by old rivals Bashley who recorded a 3 wicket quarter-final victory at Lymington Sports Centre. Lymo were forced to play the match with just 5 players as Captain Naylor's desperate late attempts to find a replacement for the injured Bryn Darbyshire came to nothing.
Despite being a man short, Lymington actually made a decent game of it against a Bashley side containing first-team regulars Matt King, Neil Taylor, Ross Grierson and Stuart Layton. Simon Naylor and Sam Westcott gave the side a good start with a 45 run partnership, but without Bryn Darbyshire, the remaining 3 batsmen were unable to increase the run-rate and the innings ended on 95 for 3 from 12 overs.
Opener Matt King slogged a couple of sixes for Bashley, before running himself out by half a pitch length. And when Layton lobbed a catch to Naylor at mid-off Lymo began to sense a shock. However, the luck was with the Gold Leaguers who survived a couple of dropped catches and run-out attempts to edge towards their target, and although Grierson fell with 12 runs still required, old-timers Taylor and Figgins guided Bashley home with 10 balls to spare.
Lymington's 9 run win over Godshill has clinched the New Forest Indoor League title . . . for New Milton! Godshill went into the match knowing that a maximum points haul could set up a mouthwatering last-day championship showdown with Milton this Sunday, but were forced to concede defeat in the title race as Lymo produced their best performance of the season.
Bryn Darbyshire's brutal 37 not out helped Lymington to 139 for 3 (Trevor Phillips 25no). Having lost the key early wicket of Alan Cousins, Godshill were brought right back into the game by Jason Cooper who took just one over to reach the 25 run retirement figure with a stunning barrage of fours and sixes off the hapless Doctor Who look-a-like Nick Lee. John Hopkinson (25*) kept up the momentum with some daring running between the wickets, and when Cooper returned to the crease with 45 required from 4 overs, the match was very much in the balance. However, some tight Lymington bowling in the closing stages of the innings prevented Cooper from reproducing his stunning early form, and a superb final over from Simon Naylor ensured a hard-earned 9 run victory for Lymo who could yet sneak into second place if they defeat Brockenhurst and Bashley in their final two matches.
Simon Naylor was given a fright by his former Brockenhurst team-mates as Lymo narrowly won their penultimate match of the Indoor season at Lymington Sports Centre.
It all looked to be plain sailing for Lymo as Trevor Phillips (31no), Sam Westcott (26no), Bryn Darbyshire 19 and Naylor (27no) all contributed to a final total of 155-2. But 26 runs came from the first over of Brock's reply, and the innings continued in similar vein with Dave Ardley being particularly ruthless on any short deliveries which he flat-batted back over the bowler's head. However, a superb reflex catch by Darbyshire (after the ball had ricocheted off Naylor's shoulder!) to dismiss Steve Mallinson slowed things down for a while until the dangerous Ardley and Dick Wickison returned to the crease with 50 required from 4 overs. A few more lusty blows and some kamikazee running between the wickets edged Brock nearer to their target, but Wickison's dismissal for 31 left last-man Ardley requiring 14 runs from the final over. The big Brock batsman decided to launch the first delivery for 6 . . . but was stunned to see the ball rocket straight into Peter Tapper's grateful hands on the back wall.
Captain Naylor later admitted his relief at winning the game. "We should have defended that total comfortably, but in the end they were only a couple of hits away from winning it," he said. "It wasn't a great game in terms of quality - both teams' bowling was pretty ordinary to be honest - but it must have been quite an exciting match to watch" he added.
Lymington's New Forest Indoor League season ended with a disappointing 4 wicket defeat by old rivals Bashley. The team kept up its record of batting first in every one of its 10 matches over the winter, but never really got on top of a mediocre Bashley bowling attack which was assisted by some athletic fielding, not least from Brian Vibert who snared two superb catches. Sam Westcott batted well, but received little support as Lymo were bowled out for 101 with Shaun Lilley taking an unlikely 3-41.
Adam Darbyshire's first ball dismissal of Stuart Lawton gave Lymington a glimmer of hope, but Neil Taylor and Neil Thurgood both retired quickly. A couple of catches were dropped as Bashley closed in on their target, and Lilley's boundary off Trevor Phillips in the 11th over ended the match and the 2005-06 season for Lymington.
Despite the defeat Lymington finished a creditable 3rd in the table with 5 wins from 8 matches, and thanks are due to Simon Naylor who did a great job of running the side (even if he did swan off on a skiing holiday rather than playing in the last match!). Incidentally, the league title went to New Milton while Fawley thrashed Paultons by 6 wickets in the final of the cup competition.