Around 100 members of Lymington Cricket Club recently gathered at the Masonic Hall to celebrate the most successful season in the history of the club's colts section. Hampshire's Jimmy Adams kindly accepted the club's invitation to present the awards, and the talented opening batsman was a busy man as he was given the task of handing out several dozen cups, shields and trophies.
|Jimmy with the under 13s
As well as presenting the awards and signing lots of autographs, Jimmy also talked about a fantastic season with Hampshire which saw him score well over 1000 First Class runs including the incredible 262 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. That innings - the eighth highest Championship score ever by a Hampshire player - came a few weeks after Jimmy had scored a superb 168 at Headingly in front of the England captain Michael Vaughan. He went on to describe Shane Warne's inspirational influence in the Hampshire dressing room and gave an interesting insight to life as a professional cricketer.
Predictably after such a fantastic season, all the colts managers were full of praise for their teams, not least Jim Lowe whose Under 11A side won their league without losing a single match and reached the final of the Hampshire Cup at the Rose Bowl. Retiring Under 13A manager Tony Thorp and Under 15 organiser Tony Wharton also heaped praise on their respective sides who both won their divisional titles and went on to win their league play-off finals. Meg Gannaway and his Under 11B side would almost certainly have added to the trophy haul had they not been cruelly robbed of their league title on the final day of the season when their opponents were unable to raise a team. There was also a special presentation for the rising Under 13 star Nicky Elliott who received a mounted matchball in recognition of the 7 wickets (including a hat trick) he took during the season. The pint-sized spinner was celebrating his 13th birthday and after receiving his memento was treated to a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday to you'!
Finally, the managers were all unanimous in their appreciation of the efforts of the umpires, scorers, coaches and helpers; not to mention the parents who ferried the players to and from matches.
The award winners for the 2006 season were:
Under 11B: Player of the Year - Sonny Winslow; Most Improved - Nathan Smith
Under 11A: Player of the Year - David Cureton; Most Improved - Alan Maher
Under 13B: Player of the Year - Max Williams; Most Improved - Simon Lowe
Under 13A: Player of the Year - Aidan Lindsay-Wood; Most Improved - Nicky Elliott
Under 15: Player of the Year - Elliott Lindsay-Wood; Most Improved - Jakob Leigh; All Rounder Award - Tom Hayward