New Milton nearly upset the form book, narrowly losing to league champions and hot favourites Lymington in the cup final played at Langley Manor's ground. But the Milton youngsters can hold their heads high after pushing the more experienced Lymington side all the way.
Milton were asked to bat first and got off to a confident start with Will Crossley and Toby Edwards moving the score to 30 without loss from 6 overs before Crossley (10) fell to a fine diving catch by Adam Drodge at square leg. Billy Tomkins (8) continued to support Edwards who then pressed the accelerator, blasting his way to 26 before retiring. Edwards was quick to pick up on anything wide of the stumps and exploit the short leg-side boundary. Milton's innings then lost momentum as Adam Drodge (1 for 8 from 4 overs) and Louis Ambrose (1 for 13 from 4 overs) exerted some control. Milton's total was given a late boost as Alfie Hussey (7) and Olly Nicholls came together to add 20 runs in the last 4 overs with Nicholls finishing with a fine 18 not out. Lymington’s Freddie Mann captured 2 wickets for 4 runs from 2 overs and promising leg spinner Joe Cartwright (4 overs 1 for 22) backed up by Felix Ambrose (3 overs 0 for 20) and Connor Moors (1 over 0 for 9) who were the other bowlers
Chasing 83 from 18 overs, Lymington set off steadily knowing that the required run rate of less than 5 an over was well within their reach. Adam Drodge and Connor Moors put on 19 for the first wicket before Alex Mills knocked back Drodge's off stump with a fine delivery. Then Edwards (4 for 22 from 4 overs) took centre stage once again for Milton as he turned the game with his off-spinners. Moors' unfortunate run out was the first of a succession of wickets that saw the wheels fall off the Lymington innings. Fine catches by Mills and George Watts both in the covers accounted for Joe Cartwright and Felix Ambrose before Edwards bowled Freddie Mann with one that turned through the gate. This left Lymington on a precarious 56 for 6. However, Milton couldn't maintain the momentum and some wayward bowling and indifferent fielding let Lymington back into the game as Joe Quigley (28 retired) put bat to ball to push his side within reach of victory. Some further excitement was caused late on when Watts (1 for 14 from 4 overs) bowled Joe Holland (5), but Lymington reached their target with 10 balls and 3 wickets to spare with Jacob McQuoid (4 n.o.) and William Entwhistle (1 n.o.) at the crease.
A fine match watched by a large number of parents and supporters. President of the New Forest Cricket Association Vic Loveless presented the Walt Drodge Trophy and the medals and New Milton’s Toby Edwards was awarded Man of the match. Lymington’s Joe Quigley received the Walt Drodge special performance trophy for his match winning innings.
Anne Craft Secretary of the New Forest Colts Cricket Association who organised the competition was present as well as Graham Smith the Chairman.
New Milton: Crossley, Edwards, Tomkins, Hussey, Watts, Rayment, Nicholls, Walls, Adams, Thompson, Mills
Lymington: L. Ambrose, Drodge, F.Ambrose, Moors, Mann, Cartwright, Quigley, Holland, McQuoid, Entwhistle and Cornwall