Match Report - First XI - 1 Sep 07
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Rowledge 200 all out - Lymington 192 all out

The final league match of the season the Sports Ground was in perfect condition and the opposition won the toss and elected to bat. Christian Pain (7 overs 0 for 36) and young Islander Tom Barton (9.4 overs 3 for 36) opened the bowling and made a breakthrough in the sixth over and again in the thirteenth over. Lloyd Scott (5 overs 1 for 25) picked up a wicket in the eighteenth over and Dan Wiggins ( 10 overs 3 for 28) also one in the twenty-first over. At the halfway stage Rowledge had moved to 104 for 4 with the Lymington bowlers being on top and the introduction of the spinners Sam Raphael (8 overs 1 for 43) and leggie Ollie Kelly (8 overs 2 for 25) brought more wickets. The batmen were accumulating runs gradually and cautiously and when the final wicket fell in the 47th over they had moved onto 200 all out.

In reply the Lymington openers Sam Raphael (5) and Ollie Kelly (11) were soon separated when the former inauspiciously padded up and was adjudged to be leg before in the third over. The latter was out in the thirteenth over but former MCC Young cricketer Morgan Rushbrook (31) as he had done in two previous matches looked to be steering Lymington to another victory when he was bowled. Seventeen year old Cameron Grierson (5) started with a boundary but was out quickly followed by fifteen year old Tom Barton (0) which brought in Bryn Darbyshire (80) and Christian Pain (11) but the latter was bowled in the twenty ninth over and at 125 for 6 it did not look good for a victory. However Bryn Darbyshire was recovering his form of 2 years ago striking twelve boundaries including one six for a fine 80. But he was caught in the thirty eighth over with the score on 171 when a century was there for the taking, Mark Newton (9) was out but Dan Wiggins (11) and Adie Hunt (1) appeared to be getting the required runs but the latter was caught and Lloyd Scott (4 n.o.) with eight overs left and twenty runs required batted sensibly before the former was bowled with eight runs and five overs left.

Failing to ensure victory Lymington however finished in fourth place a creditable performance having lost their first three matches. Sam Raphael was top run scorer with 561 runs followed by Bryn Darbyshire (215) and Morgan Rushbrook (203 in 5 matches). Leg spinner Ollie Kelly with 22 wickets was top wicket taker followed by Christian Pain and Sam Raphael both with 12 wickets. Wicket keeper Mark Newton finished with 1 stumping and 17 catches.




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