With 2 matches played so far and no wins compared with last years position of 3 wins and top of the table Lymington were looking to get their first win of the season against newly promoted Burridge at their ground.
Lymington batted first with a change in the order, skipper Adie Hunt dropping down the order with Bryn Darbyshire returning to opening the innings which is where he had his best season in 2005. Ollie Kelly (4) opened with him but Darbyshire (6) striking an exquisite boundary was bowled and the former was caught and with Dan Wiggins (3) unluckily given out and in form Christian Pain (7) also given out lbw which meant that Lymington were struggling at 40 for 4 in the 13th over. It was then left to Sam Raphael (42) and Adie Hunt (38) to help repair the damage and they both looked in no trouble until the former was bowled by a “jaffer” that pitched middle and took the off stump. Martin Hunt (9) joined his younger brother and although looking good but lacking in match practice was bowled with the score at 96 in the 26th over which brought in young Cameron Grierson (33). They took the score to 128 before the skipper having batted much better than in his previous knocks in trying to up the run rate was caught. Young Tom Thorp (14) and with 2 seventeen year olds at the wicket they took the score to 165 in the 46th over and Lymington looked to be using the full quota of 50 overs but with their dismissals at 165 and fellow teenager Lloyd Scott (4) being caught in the first ball of the final over and Eddie Freeman (2 not out) left stranded there were 5 balls remaining. Again the last 5 wickets scored more runs than the top order batsmen.
In reply the opening Lymington bowlers were unable to make an early breakthrough and Lloyd Scott (5.1 overs 0 for 22) and Christian Pain (7 overs 0 for 41) again bowled too many wides and no balls and therefore not putting the Burridge batsmen under pressure. Eddie Freeman (3 overs 0 for 14), Sam Raphael ( 7 overs 1 for 28) eventually taking a wicket with the score at 51 in the 12th over and then Ollie Kelly ( 8 overs 1 for 47) took another wicket with the score at 79 in the 19th over but that was the limit of further success as Burridge passed the Lymington total in the 32nd over.
A very humiliating performance – the only bright spots being Sam Raphaels continued runs and the return to form of Adie Hunt plus the batting of young Cameron Grierson and former colt Tom Thorp. However the bowling lacks penetration and although the leg spin of Ollie Kelly offers variation the team need to bowl straighter with 9 wides and and 14 no balls being bowled !!!
Next weeks match at home against fellow strugglers Purbrook becomes even more crucial and the team must improve considerably if they are to move away from the bottom of the table. The top order batsmen must make a better contribution in runs than they presently are and the strike bowlers greater accuracy.