The Darbyshire brothers were in inspired form as Lymington's New Forest Indoor League side maintained its mid-table position with a 47 run victory over Ordnance Survey. Adam smashed a swift 30, but it was younger brother Bryn who really caught the eye with a devastating 57 not out as the pair rescued Lymo from a precarious 30 for 3. Lymington's eventual 135 for 5 proved ample as a weakened Survey side were dismissed for 88. The match was noteworthy for the number of run outs - nine in all, although to be honest most dismissals, if not all, were caused by abysmal running between the wickets rather than athleticism on the part of the fielders.
Lymington face Bashley this Sunday (7pm), and could finish in second place if they win their last two matches. Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the lack of match reports from Flemming Park. Are the team not doing too well, we wonder?
Lymington's slim hopes of capturing the New Forest indoor League title were all but ended thanks to a 7 run defeat by Paultons.
Having batted first in each of their previous 13 outings, Simon Naylor's men had trouble adjusting to the novelty of bowling first instead. Luigi Di Maria once again produced a tidy spell but the change bowlers struggled against some powerful hitting from Tony Richman, Peter Lamb and Touqueer Iqbal (who, if he reads this, still owes us the match fee from the only game he ever played for us a couple of years ago!). Paultons' final total of 157-3 was boosted by a huge number of extras despite the best efforts of stand-in keeper Dom Di Maria who did an admirable job of preventing an even higher tally of sundries.
Following a short delay while Chairman's toys were cleared from the sports centre changing room following a difference of opinion between him and the captain over the skipper's bowling changes, Lymo set about chasing their rather formidable total in positive fashion. Trevor Phillips and Naylor both retired, and Neil Trestrail, Tapper and the Di Maria twins all continued to keep Lymington in with a shout. Paultons did their best to help Lymo's cause by returning all the wides they had earlier been given, but it still wasn’t enough to prevent Lymo slipping behind the run rate. Phillips returned to the fray with 38 needed from the last 2 overs, and proceeded to slog a couple of sixes off the lively Richman. But with 8 required from the last 2 balls, Phillips attempted a suicidal single to the keeper and was run out for 49. Naylor was then bowled to give Paultons a hard earned 7 run victory.
Lymington's New Forest Indoor League side bounced back from their recent poor run of form to record a surprise victory over Fawley. Mind you, it took a major helping hand from ex-Lymo player Wayne Smith to end the losing streak.
Batting first for about the 20th time in a row, Bryn Darbyshire and Simon Naylor gave Lymington a solid start, but it was Adam Darbyshire and Luigi Di Maria's late onslaught that enabled the team to reach a challenging 142 for 3 at the break. Fawley were soon on the ropes thanks to some uncharacteristically good fielding which yielded five run outs. With two overs left, and with only the talented Andy Parratt standing in the way of a Lymington victory, bowler Trevor Phillips chose to have one of those 'Harmison moments' and began to spray the ball just about everywhere but on the mat. From a position of relative comfort, Lymo were suddenly staring defeat in the face. But, with Fawley needing just 9 runs for victory from 8 balls, Parratt stroked the ball straight to Di Maria who, on seeing non-striker Wayne Smith inexplicably charging down the wicket like a runaway buffalo, coolly lobbed the ball to Adam Darbyshire who whipped off the bails to give Lymington the victory.
"I was very impressed by our fielding . . . particularly my own!" said a modest captain Naylor after the match.
Lymington's New Forest Indoor Cup hopes floundered at the first hurdle when they suffered a last ball defeat against Pylewell Park. The plucky underdogs scrambled a three off the last ball of the match to secure a dramatic 1 wicket victory. Tony Hayes was the unlikely hero for Pylewell, scoring an unbeaten 42 as his side chased Lymington's 126 for 3 (Simon Naylor 27no, Adam Darbyshire 25no). At least Lymington can now concentrate on the their league campaign which resumes this Sunday (10th December) at 7pm against Fawley.
Lymington produced a dismal batting performance as they lost their first New Forest Indoor League match of the season against Hythe & Dibden. Having cruised to 75 for no wicket, Simon Naylor's dismissal triggered a dramatic turnaround as Lymo slumped to 121 all out. Poor running between the wickets was the root of the problems as three batsmen perished in pursuit of suicidal singles. Bryn Darbyshire was perhaps the guiltiest, attempting a single to the keeper which Linford Christie in his prime would have struggled to make - and this after Bryn had earlier declared that he wouldn't be running any quick singles due to a tight hamstring!
However, Lymington clawed their way back into the game with some tight bowling, particularly from Naylor and Adam Darbyshire, and the Watersiders still required 21 from the final two overs, albeit with 4 wickets in hand. Bunce slapped three boundaries off Phillips to leave Hythe needing just four runs from Naylor's last over. The captain kept everyone on the edge of their seats by grabbing two wickets before Hythe finally notched up the winning runs with just 1 ball to spare.
There was no dream debut for newcomer Dan Bennett. The 20 year old from Sutton Coldfield hit a classy looking on-drive first ball - only to see the ball bounce kindly for the fielder at mid-on who ran him out! And the former Warwickshire League player was then bamboozled by the tiny run-ups available and struggled to pitch the ball on the mat.
Captain Naylor was bemused by his side's capitulation. "It was our strongest line-up for ages, and we batted very badly" he reflected. "Some of the singles we were attempting were ridiculous. I may have to re-instate the Chairman back into the side as there's no chance of him getting run out - he never runs anywhere!"
Lymington began their New Forest Indoor League season with a 17 run win over Godshill at Lymington Sports Centre.
It was a good all round performance from Lymington who batted their opponents out of the game with a score of 142 for 3 thanks to Simon Naylor (29no), Trevor Phillips (28), Dom Di Maria (26no) and Adam Darbyshire (28no).
Lymington’s bowlers have in the past been guilty of hurling down the odd wide or twenty, but on this occasion they kept a tight line and length. And although the dangerous duo of Jason Cooper and Alan Cousins both retired, by the time they returned to the crease the match was effectively won for Lymo and Godshill ended their innings on 125 for 3 with Naylor grabbing 2-28.
Skipper Simon Naylor was encouraged by what he saw during the match. "We're a tight little unit. If we can keep a settled side we'll do well in this league," he said shortly before making himself unavailable for his team's next match against Brockenhurst on Sunday week!