Match Report - First XI - 9 June 07

Figgy's fumble foils former colts

With the Sports Ground still recovering from the recent adverse weather, Lymington decamped to nearby Pennington Sports Ground for a fixture against a former colts XI as part of the club's Bicentenary celebrations. The majority of the former colts side were members of Lymington's all-conquering 1983 squad who, under the guidance of manager Chris Whitehouse, had swept all before them in Hampshire and progressed a fair way in the national cup competition.


Ex-Lymington Colts XI

Back row: Barry Gough (umpire), John Royan, Mark Kitcher, Colin Kitcher,
Clive Kitcher, Martin Cooper, James Lowe

Front row: Gary Whitlock, Christopher Cooper, Mark Figgins,
Simon Shepard; Absent when photo was taken: Les Browning




Back row: Barry Gough (umpire), Mark Gannaway, Tim Hunter, Mark Newton,
Luigi Di Maria, Malcolm Douglas, Peter Tapper, Chris James (umpire)

Front row: Jakob Leigh, Geoff Renshaw, Trevor Phillips, Steve Coltman,
Damian Jayasinghe 

Despite the expanding waistbands and receding hairlines, there was still plenty of evidence of the quality that had made that team so formidable some 24 years ago. This was exemplified by openers Les Browning and John Royan who enjoyed an opening stand of 98 before the hobbling Browning was bowled by Tim Hunter for 66 and Royan fell in similar fashion to Peter Tapper for 38. Two former colts from a slightly earlier era - James Lowe and Simon Shepard - also succumbed to Tapper for 13 and 17 respectively, and with Damian Jayasinghe dismissing both Chris and Martin Cooper, and Mark Figgins falling to his nemesis Tapper for a duck,  the ex-colts were struggling on 170 for 6 with just under 4 overs remaining. However, Colin Kitcher then produced the longest of long handles from his kit bag to scythe his way to 17 in just 5 balls, and with Clive Kitcher (no relation) chipping in with 12, the ex-colts ended their innings on 209 for 7 with Tapper taking 4-27.

Lymington's veteran opening batsman Steve Coltman revived memories of bygone duels with the legendary Butch White by smoting the nippy Colin Kitcher for a couple of glorious straight drives before nicking one behind off yet another Kitcher (Mark) for 23. Malcolm Douglas soon departed for 3, and was joined back in the pavilion two balls later by Jayasinghe as Lymington wobbled at 90 for 3. At the other end however, Mark Gannaway was looking menacing, plucking off boundaries at regular intervals, reaching his half century in just 54 balls. The turning point of the match undoubtedly came when Figgins, perhaps still traumatised by his earlier dismissal by Tapper, somehow spilled the simplest of chances off Gannaway at point. The bespectacled Gannaway took full advantage and raced to his century before eventually being stumped by Gary Whitlock off Chris Cooper for 114. Hunter (26), Tapper (17no) and Newton (9no) all ensured there were to be no late slip ups as Lymington reached their victory target with 8 balls to spare to end a highly enjoyable and nostalgic day's cricket.

Gannaway was predictably chosen as man of the match and, in the absence of a bottle of champagne, was more than happy to receive a bottle of London Pride instead. 


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