The first home match of the Lymington CC bi-centennial season at the Sports Ground raised concerns about the outfield by the opposition captain where the football pitch goalmouth and practice area were. Lymington contained 2 seventeen year old debutants former colt Scott Tapper and Cameron Grierson from Totton & Eling CC (ex BAT CC). Ollie Kelly ex-Sparsholt CC was making his home debut.
Havant won the toss and elected to bat losing their first wicket in the second over and their second wicket in the seventh over with the score on 36. The Lymington opening bowlers Lloyd Scott ( 10 overs 0 for 63) and Christian Pain ( 10 overs 2 for 62) kept the batsmen tied down and the introduction of Trevor Phillips ( 10 overs 1 for 41) reaped dividends when he took a wicket with his 3rd ball. Havant then consolidated with their captain Dominic Carson (24) and veteran Mike Edwards (110 not out) taking the score to 107 in the 23rd over before leg spinner Ollie Kelly (10 overs 1 for 31) separated them but again there was a stand of 95 before another wicket fell with a run out. Australian Sam Raphael (10 overs 0 for 35) bowled tightly conceding only 2 boundaries but again extras were high with 28 wides and 8 no balls from the opening bowlers which effectively represented another 4 overs and in the field 7 catches were also dropped not one catch being taken in the whole innings. Havant finally finished on 236 for 5 after 50 overs plus the 4 extra ones!!
In reply Lymington were soon on the back foot with openers Adie Hunt (6) and Ollie Kelly (1) departing followed by Dan Wiggins (9) and Bryn Darbyshire (4) and only Sam Raphael (76) held the early batting together. In form Christian Pain (30) joined him and they took the score to 133 in the 35th over the same run rate as Havant. Debutants Cameron Grierson (3) and unlucky Scott Tapper (3) departed cheaply and Sam Raphael looking for a 100 tried to cut but was bowled for a fine 76 with 73 more runs to win required. Then experienced Trevor Phillips (3) attempted a lavish drive but wicket keeper Mark Newton (31) including a six and Lloyd Scott ( 9 not out) put on 40 and a surprise victory looked likely momentarily with 3 overs to go until the former was out with 26 runs remaining. With the extra 4 overs bowled by Lymington due to the wides and the incomprehensible no balls being the main contributing factor plus the lack of form by the top order only 3 players reaching double figures. The only highlights of a disappointing performance were Sam Raphael's batting and bowling, Christian Pain's batting, Ollie Kelly's bowling and Mark Newton and Lloyd Scott's last wicket stand which gained a valuable 2 extra points plus an excellent highly commendable batting wicket.
Hopefully next weeks match away against newly promoted Burridge will provide a better all round performance.