Match Report - Third XI - 5 May 07
Hampshire Cricket League - South West 3

Side Batting First: Lymington 201 for 7
Side Batting Second: Suttoners 205 for 8

Unusually the new cricket season was greeted with glorious sunshine. Even more unlikely was the depth of batting fielded by Lymington. Perhaps more predictably such a vaunted line-up slightly under performed, although it was possibly later in the day that the real damage was done.

Losing Steve Coltman retired hurt without scoring certainly didn't help, but Tom Thorp (17) and John McGuirk (15) seemed to be moving things in the right direction. But when the Tapper duo of Peter (29) and Scott (15) were dismissed, Lymington had only 94 on the board and none of the top five had got past 30. Fortunately for Lymington this soon changed with a 95 run partnership in 96 balls between Jim Stevenson (62) and Josh Thacker (31no).
After a shaky start Stevenson soon found his range – launching a couple of sixes into the bargain – and 14-year old Thacker, on his club debut, could hardly have been expected to do more. Certainly at tea, a score of 201 seemed reasonable.

Suttoners soon made the target look eminently gettable as only Luigi Di Maria (4-27) went for significantly under five runs an over. Brown looked like winning the game on his own before being stumped by Thacker, and two late wickets in the same over by Scott Tapper (2-43) looked to have swung things marginally Lymington’s way, but B Clifford (40no) had other ideas as he guided Suttoners home with 7 balls and 2 wickets remaining.

Steve models new protective footwear


Jim flays one


Josh Thacker - no pressure!


Scott Tapper - a chip off the old block?






Report: M.G. Photos: John McGuirk


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