12 year old off-spinner Nicky Elliott has lodged an early contender for bowling performance of the season after grabbing SEVEN wickets for just 7 runs in Lymington A’s Under 13 victory over club rivals Lymington B. Six of Nicky’s victims were cleaned bowled, while the other wicket was a caught & bowled. Nick - who is widely known as ‘Pixie’ due to his height (or rather the lack of it!) - was understandably overwhelmed by his achievement, particularly as his previous best wicket haul in a match was just two. “My coach last year Jim Lowe advised me to take up spin rather than pace because he said that I could turn the ball a long way” he said. With that in mind, it was ironic that Nick’s match-winning performance should come against Lymington’s young B side who just happen to be coached by . . . Jim Lowe!
Another Lymington Colt with good reason to feel pleased with himself is David Cureton. The Hordle-Walhampton schoolboy may be just 11 years of age, but his heroic innings last Sunday at the Bashley Cricket Ground will go down as one of the most extra-ordinary in the annals of Lymo-Bashley matches.
Cureton and fellow batsman Jack Roberts arrived at the crease with Lymington requiring a highly improbable 36 runs from the final 4 overs. Undeterred by the excellent Bashley bowling, Cureton - who had notched up a maiden century for his school team the previous day - smashed boundary after boundary in a display of leg-side hitting that Kevin Pietersen would have been proud of. Incredibly, with the ultra-cool Roberts pushing singles at the other end, Lymington actually passed their target with three balls to spare and went on to win by five runs with Cureton finishing on 32.
The unlikely victory brought a huge smile back to the face of coach Jim Lowe who, it would be fair to say, had endured a nightmare start to the season in his role of Third XI captain due to severly weakened teams and predictably disatrous results. But if young Cureton’s performance at Bashley is anything to go by, Jim - who has since stepped down as Third XI skipper - can look forward to many more happy Sunday mornings this summer.