Match Report - First XI - 28 July 07
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Burridge 210 for 8  - Lymington 211 for 8

Lymington win in the rain

Due to great efforts by the Council and to Lymington CC members the match was able to get underway only half an hour late which meant the match being reduced to 46 overs per side from 50 overs.

Lymington's captain won the toss and elected to field first due to the dampness and pending rain that was forecast. Christian Pain (10 overs 2 for 33) and Lloyd Scott (9 overs 0 for 41) bowled tightly although again wides and no-balls helped Burridge to accumulate runs. The first wicket fell in the 11th over with the score on 38 and Eddie Freeman ( 5 overs 0 for 18) and Dan Wiggins (7 overs 2 for 28) bowled economically before the leg spin of Ollie Kelly (6 overs 2 for 35) produced the next wicket of the Burridge skipper former Hampshire player Iain Brunschweiler who walked having played a sweep shot and getting a small nick. He was quickly followed 3 more and at 96 for 5 in the 23rd over Lymington were on top but a spirited effort by the tail enders enabled Burridge to finish on 210 for 8 at the end of the 46 overs.

Supporters were arriving saying it was raining in Burley and then Lyndhurst and even closer in Brockenhurst so it was important to keep ahead of the run rate in case of rain.

In reply the Lymington openers Sam Raphael (6) and Ollie Kelly (4) were back in the pavilion before the end of the 5th over but young Cameron Grierson (25) and new boy Morgan Rushbrook (67) gradually repaired.the damage taking the score to 78 in the 21st over before the former was out quickly followed by Bryn Darbyshire (0). Dan Wiggins (25) getting back to last season's form took the score to 123 in the 33rd over before he was caught and then captain Adie Hunt (27) dropping down the order batted well before he was out in the 41st over with the score on 167 – 44 still needed from 5 overs and behind the required run rate. Morgan Rushbrook's (67) sheet anchor roll came to an end in the 43rd over but enter Christian Pain (27 not out) who hit 2 glorious 6's over long on helped by Mark Newton (12) who hit a 6 over mid-wicket and Eddie Freeman (1 not out) striking the winning run with an over to spare. A tremendous effort which finished in pouring rain and darkness – a credit to the umpires Rob Ford and Clive Parsons for keeping the match going and the Burridge skipper as fielding and bowling was as bad as batting in the wintery conditions.

This win has moved Lymington into 6th position with 5 games to go and promotion to Division 1 is now a possibility.



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