12 Dec 07

Christmas Booze-up

The club will be holding an informal Christmas jolly-up around the town on Saturday, December 15th. The meeting place will be the Thomas Tripp from 8pm, and the evening will probably conclude in the curry house. Everyone welcome.

Lymo into the quarter-finals

Lymington eased into the next round of the New Forest Indoor Cup competition thanks to a comfortable 5 wicket win over Burley who were restricted to 87 for 4 before Christian Pain (26no) and Simon Naylor (25no) saw Lymington home with 4 overs to spare. Lymington now face Paultons in the quarter finals on January 27th.

Kiwis and Sri Lankans thwarted by ex-Lymingtonian

Former Lymington star Aaron Heal was one of the Aussie heroes as a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI defeated a strong New Zealand side in the annual tour match at Lilac Hill in Perth. Chasing 286 for victory, the Kiwis were well on course for victory until Aaron removed Scott Styris for 14 and, more importantly, the big-hitting Brendon McCullum for 119. Aaron conceded just 44 from his 10 overs and the tourists eventually ended their innings on 278 for 9, giving the Chairman's XI a shock 7 run victory.

In October, Western Australian Aaron had also represented the Chairman's XI in the tour match against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval, dismissing Atapattu, Jayawardene and Jayasuria - although the latter had scored 154 at the time! Aaron also figured with the bat, scoring 58 against a bowling attack which included the new world record wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitheran.

Piggy Malone appointed to First Class Umpires reserve list

Ex-Lymington bowler Steve 'Piggy' Malone has been appointed to the ECB's reserve list of First Class umpires for next season. The former Hampshire, Essex and Glamorgan fast bowler, who played for Lymington during the mid-1990s has been on the Southern Premier League panel for several seasons. The ECB currently has 24 full-time umpires on its full list and operates with six to nine umpires as reserves.

Peter Tapper awarded Life Membership of Lymington CC

The club's recent Annual General Meeting saw chairman Peter Tapper receive honourary life membership in recognition of 25 years service to Lymington Cricket Club. Below is a transcript of James Lowe's speech from the meeting, in which he perfectly sums up Peter's colourful Lymington career and gives his reasons for nominating him for such a prestigious honour...

"1982 was an interesting year: Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, Israel invaded Lebanon, Carlos the Jackal committed various acts of terrorism all over France, and Dutch Elm disease destroyed 20 million trees in the UK. More locally, from the sleepy Cotswold village of Shipton-Under-Wychwood a certain Peter Tapper invaded Lymington. Like all things in life, time seems to repair most of the damage caused by the human onslaught: Argentina was kicked out of the Falklands, Israel returned Lebanon to the Lebanese, Carlos the Jackal was captured and imprisoned, and nature final overcame the Dutch Elm virus. However, a quarter of a century later Peter Tapper is still firmly ensconced at Lymington Cricket Club and is still firing Excocets over the various�boundaries of Hampshire, committing acts of terrorism on bowlers without discrimination, and splitting willow without any thought of the eco impact of his actions!

"Peter Tapper's 25 year playing career at Lymington makes impressive reading, representing the club in more than 750 matches. He has amassed over 18,000 runs in all forms of club cricket, with a highest score of 143, hit 7 sixes in one over (thereby gaining an entry in Wisden), and scored centuries at every level for the club. As more of an all rounder in later years he has taken over 250 wickets, including 5 for 0 against Bats, and holding on to 75-plus catches. Alas there were no stumpings to report, although anyone who was at Taunton Vale will surely never forget his 'unique' style of wicketkeeping! He has represented the Southern League, Hampshire Cricket Board, New Forest CCA and Hampshire Over 50s. A fiery character, he was banned from the Hampshire League for two matches in the mid-1990s (although he maintains he was on holiday that fortnight anyway!), and has never been slow in enlightening anyone within earshot as to his views on any given issue.

"It is, however, his off-the-field endeavors that have earned him this nomination for life membership. Peter has been on the committee at Lymington Cricket Club for the past 25 consecutive years, serving as chairman of the selectors for 15 years, and he has served on various sub committees. In 2001 Peter was elected club chairman, and if this wasn't enough, took on the club secretary position in 2003. He has raised thousands of pounds for the club through corporate golf days and selling sponsorship in the club programmes, handbooks and fixture cards, been responsible for the sale of club kit, chaired the bar & clubhouse sub-committee, been part of the small team that fought the council's plans to relocate the club to Woodside, hoovered the clubhouse over 500 times in the last 25 years, and recently in his spare time managed to somehow achieve Clubmark for Lymington CC - a task that required in excess of 100 hours of pen pushing. It is this sort of devotion to the club that requires recognition, and as such I wish to propose his election as an Honorary Life Member of Lymington Cricket Club."

Annual Golf Tournament

The final Bicentenary function for Lymington Cricket Club was the twentieth year of our Annual Golf Tournament held at the delightful location of Brokenhurst Manor in the heart of the New Forest. On a glorious sunny and warm day 20 intrepid golfers took to the fairways in the hope of winning this prestigous shield and thereby organising the event for the following year. The eventual winner by a country mile was Bryn Darbyshire who accumulated 42 points off a bandit handicap of 18. By all accounts it was a superb round of golf and Bryn also won the longest drive on the 16th by beating his aging brother Adam. Bryn also won the family bragging rites. A long way behind was Chairman Tapper in scoring 35 and at last showing signs of some form which has been absent for the past six months. In third place was our first team Captain Adrian Hunt with a creditable 34 points thus winning his family bragging rites. Our thanks to David Coles for organizing the event and for the course to be in such good condition.
This rounds off the Bicentenary events which have been well documented by our Club. It has been a great adventure especially the Re-Enactment game at Pennington whereby we recreated the playing conditions and attire for the year 1807.

Golf Day

27 Nov 07

Third time lucky
Lymington's second team finally registered their first victory of the indoor season thanks to a high scoring win over Milford at Lymington Recreation Centre. Tom Thorp (27no), Trevor Phillips (28no) and Scotty Tapper (25no) were the mainstays of Lymo's 143 for 2. Chris Hammond clubbed 21 off the first over of Milford's reply, and the Seasiders were well up with the run rate at the half way point of the innings. However, tight overs from Nicky Elliott (1-34) and Trevor Phillips (1-30) ensured that Milford finished 7 runs short of their target on 137 for 2.

Annual General Meeting
The club's 2007 AGM will take place on Friday November 30th at the Walhampton Arms, starting at 7.30pm. All members are urged to attend this important event.

Grounds for optimism
The recently published SPL ground markings for the 2007 season confirmed Lymington Sports Ground as one of the best pitches in the entire league. Lymington finished sixth out of 38 clubs, and its marks were only bettered by the Hampshire Academy, Havant and South Wilts in Division 1 and Totton & Eling II and Bournemouth II in Division 3. The ground's average marks were 30.36 out of a possible 40 - well above the permitted level required for gold accreditation. On the downside, the Sports Ground's outfield came in a poor 23rd place, just above the minimal gold requirement.


Unsurprisingly the Rose Bowl academy ground finished top overall, with an average of 35.31 for its wicket and 8.85 out of 10 for it's outfield. Lymington's fellow Division 2 rivals Rowledge finished bottom of the pile, scoring just 20.58 for their wicket and 5.75 for their outfield. Overall, Lymington are one of just eight clubs in the league to have gold accreditation for both colts and ground.

21 Nov 07

Christian's a pain for Milton

A stirring half century from Lymington captain Christian Pain guided his side to a 10 run win over reigning champions New Milton in their third match of the 2007-08 New Forest indoor season. Pain (51 no) and Simon Naylor (25) gave Lymo a flying start before Milton fought back to keep the score down to 109 for 5. However, the Lymington bowling attack bowled tightly, with Adam Darbyshire conceding just 9 runs from his 3 overs, and Milton were restricted to 99 for 5 in reply.

Pain's half century took his aggregate to 107 from just 3 innings, following 31 in the 2 wicket defeat by Fawley and 25 not out in Lymo's 31 run win over Bramshaw.

While Lymington's first VI sit in third place in Division 1, Lymo's second string languish near the foot of Division 3 following two disappointing defeats in their opening two matches. The only highlight has been the form of 14 year old Nicky Elliott who took 2 for 18 on his senior debut against Fawley 3.

5 Oct 07

Coaching Courses

There are still spaces available on courses 2 and 6 (UKCC1) and a few spaces available on each of the UKCC2 courses.

See UKCC1 and UKCC2

Please if you wish to apply for spaces on any of the above courses, please contact me on 07766 838779.

John Cook
Cricket Development Officer
Tel: 023 8047 2002
Mobile: 07766 838779


The club and the Association are pleased to announce that long-serving stalwart Walt Drodge is no longer in hospital after a short illness and is recovering at the Ashlett Care Home in Fawley.

Walt was unable to attend the Lymington end of season bi-centenary celebrations and the New Forest Colts Club Cricket Association cup play-offs at Langley Manor but would like to thank all of those who sent their best wishes. Even though in hospital Walt still managed to arrange the man of the match medals to be presented at both events.

5 Oct 07

A wonderful day to end a memorable year

Lymington Cricket Club's bicentenary celebrations finally drew to a close with the eagerly anticipated visit to Lord's for the prestigious fixture against Cross Arrows CC on the Nursery Ground. Full Report and photo extravaganza ...

26 Sep 07
Cometh the Gower...

David Gower proved to be as entertaining with a microphone as he did with his cricket bat as Lymington celebrated their bicentenary with a grand dinner at Shorefield Country Park. More...

13 Sep 07

First teams final game match report

First team stats now available from here

Lymington Under 11s just champion!

Joe Quigley was Lymington's hero as the Under 11s clinched a New Forest league and cup double thanks to a nailbiting 3 wicket win over New Milton at Langley Manor. Chasing Milton's 82 for 6, Lymington suffered a mid-innings batting collapse and a defeat looked on the cards until Quigley stepped up to the mark and turned the match around with an unbeaten 28.

The victory means that Lymington lost just one match all season, and that to the eventual Hampshire Cup winners Portsmouth. Many congratulations to Lee and his team. Match Report


Photo's of Lymington receiving the Club Mark award at the Rose Bowl




2 Sep 07

The First team end the season in fourth

The final league game in the season ended in a 8 run loss to Rowledge. Having kept Rowledge down to 200 the game was Lymo's for the taking but wickets fell at regular intervals and we fell an agonising 8 runs short. Liphook and Ripsley's game against Havant IIs ended in a tie so Lymo stay in a very creditable fourth spot achieved last week. The final table

1 Sep 07
President's men thwarted by Tommy Barton, Special Agent!

A quite sensational 22 ball half century from 15 year old Tommy Barton set up a thrilling climax to Lymington Cricket Club's annual President's Day match. All seemed lost for the home side as they faltered in pursuit of the President's XI's massive 404 for 7, but the Isle of Wight schoolboy inspired a dramatic fightback which saw Lymington fall just 2 runs short of victory with the final pair at the crease. more...

1st's best win of the season

After a complete wash out the week before the First team put in their best shift with the bat on the ball this season to get a convincing win over promotion hopefuls Andover who lost only their 3rd game of the season. The win moves the Firsts up to 4th place. match report

In their last games of the season both the seconds and thirds sadly came a cropper.

23 Aug 07

Cricket 'Georgian-Style' comes to Lymington

Lymington Cricket Club's bicentenary celebrations continued with perhaps their most colourful event to date as they re-enacted the very first match played by the club. Players, umpires and spectators donned period costume for the contest which took place on Pennington Common - the location for Lymington's first ever match against Southampton way back in 1807. On that occasion Lymington were winners by 37 runs although, as the match report describes, exactly two centuries later the final result was somewhat closer. More...

17 Aug 08

Lymington cricketers to re-enact their very first match

Anyone wandering across Pennington Common on Sunday afternoon may be forgiven for thinking they have stumbled upon the filming of a remake of Pride & Prejudice. In fact, the 22 gentlemen doing their utmost to look like Mr Darcy will be the redoubtable members of Lymington Cricket Club who will be re-enacting the first ever cricket match played in the town as part of the club’s ongoing bicentenary celebrations. On that noteworthy occasion back in 1807, XI Gentlemen of Lymington defeated XI Gentlemen of Southampton by 37 runs. Now, exactly 200 years on, the Lymington cricketers will be finding out just what it was like to play in that very first match. More...

Bats the way to do it!

Lymington are so keen to ensure that Sunday's match on Pennington Common is as authentic as possible that they have even enlisted the help of local woodturner (and Fawley CC cricketer) Alan Sturgess who has kindly manufactured three bats from ash to be used during the event. Using information gleaned from the museum at Lord's and from the internet, Alan crafted the bats from the wood of a New Forest tree which was recently felled. The first thing that became apparent was the weight of the bats in those days - at least 50 per cent heavier than today's versions - which is probably why ash was eventually replaced by the much lighter and more durable willow. Bats were also much longer back then and consisted of a single piece of wood (it was nearly half a century before sprung cane handles were introduced). There was no firm evidence to indicate what sort of grip there would have been on the handle of the 1807 bats - even the experts at Lord's could only guess that fairly stiff twine might have been wrapped around the handle to lessen the jarring effect of the ball striking the bat (rubber grips were not invented until much later following the invention of vulcanised rubber).

Records show that scores were very low at the time of Lymington's formation in 1807, which is hardly surprising when one takes into account the cumbersome nature of the bats and the poor state of the pitches back then. On Sunday it will be very interesting to see how Lymington's contemporary batsmen cope in the same conditions their forebearers would have endured 200 years ago.

Alan Sturgess preparing one of the Ash bats


17 Aug 07

The Firsts get a last gasp win to keep Trojans winless and push Lymo into the top half of the table , read Adie's match report

The Seconds suffer a batting collapse against Alton match report

10 Aug 07

Collapso Cricket!
There was a quite remarkable end to the annual Brian Rickman Memorial match as Lymington & Milford lost their last 8 wickets for just 12 runs to give The Elite an unlikely 17 run victory.
Chasing the Elite's 227 for 5, Lymo & Milford looked to be cruising home with Adie Hunt (91) and Graham Wedge (45) in total command. But Luigi Di Maria's dismissal of Hunt sparked a massive batting collapse which eventually saw Chris James' men dismissed for 210. Hero of the hour for The Elite was man-of-the-match Geoff Renshaw who recorded his highest ever score - 27, beating his previous best by 7 runs. Meg's match report



Seconds beat Lock Heath with Tommy Barton taking 5 for 38 match report

Firsts lose rather badly to Purbrook match report

Thirds get the win over Trojans match report

7 Aug 07
Rampant Raffa overcomes the Ex-factor

Dozens of former Lymington cricketers descended on the Sports Ground last Sunday for a very special reunion day as the club continued its Bicentenary celebrations. The centrepiece of the afternoon was a match between the current Lymington side an Ex-Lymington XI which included four stars from the club's 1983 championship winning side: Jon Hardy, Guy Hayward, Clive Plant and Stephen Andrew. Report with lots of photos...
7 Aug 07

Tim and Melissa

A big welcome for a big Aussie!

It was as if he'd never been away. Tim Smith - one of Lymington's favourite former overseas players - rolled into the Sports Ground last weekend in typically rumbustious style after a ten year absence. Predictably, mayhem ensued as many of Tim's former friends and teammates gathered for a special Aussie theme night in his honour. More...
4 Aug 07

The first's win 2 in a row in another tight finish, match report

The third's defeat Mudeford, match report

25 Jul 07 Super Sam does it again

Lymington were once again enbebted to Aussie Sam Raphael as they clinched a thrilling 3 run win over Havant. Having notched up his second league century of the season, the 20 year old from Adelaide then took three wickets - two of them in the crucial last over. The win lifted Lymington away from the relegation zone. Tony Wharton's match report

The Second and Third teams games were lost to the weather.

Tim Smith

Get your didgeridoos out for the lads!

The legendary Timmy Smith is about to hit town! And to celebrate the return of one of Lymington's most popular overseas players ever, the club will be holding an Antipodean Night in his honour this Saturday at the Sports Ground. Tim, who played for the club during the 1996 and 97 seasons, is jetting in from Sydney specially for Sunday's Ex-Lymington match. The evening will also act as a farewell for Sam Raphael's girlfriend Ashley who flies home on Monday after her month-long stay.

There will be lots of Aussie-related games and plenty of VB available, and talented singer/songwriter Jason Noble will be performing on his organ during the evening. Members are encouraged to bring or wear something Australian and swear a lot! 

18 Jul 07

From the ridiculous to the sublime!


Just two days after one of Lymington's worst ever batting displays, the side then produced arguably one of its greatest performances. Adie Hunt's men put aside the memory of Saturday's horror show against Tichborne Park to demolish Bashley in the final of the Presidents Cup at the Sports Ground. More...

18 Jul 07
Friday the 13th comes a day late for Lymo

Lymington's three senior sides collectively suffered one of their worst days in memory last Saturday. The First XI were hammered by 141 runs at home to bottom side Tichborne Park, while the Seconds conceded an almighty 367 at struggling Hungerford. The Thirds came away from Milford with a slightly less embarrassing 50 run defeat, although captain Meg Gannaway will want to forget his amazing 54 ball duck!

A dreadful batting display saw the Firsts collapse to 110 all out against the previously winless Tichborne. This capitulation came on a perfectly good batting track which had earlier seen the visitors pile up 251 runs, match report.

Meanwhile, an understrength Second XI came up against Hungerford's rampant Aussie Chaplin who belted 141 of his side's 367 for 5. Lymington replied with a commendable 250 for 9 with 15 year old newcomer Tom Barton becoming the club's youngest ever batsman to make a half century at that level. Despite the defeat Lymington remain in mid-table largely thanks to their huge haul of bonus points over the season. Indeed, only leaders Fareham & Crofton have accumulated more bonus points than Lymington in CD1.

Quite how Third XI captain Meg Gannaway managed to score 114 at a run a ball last week, but not register a single run in more than 20 overs the next is anyone's guess. "I only received one bad ball all the time I was at the crease," claimed the normally prolific opening batsman, "and I hit that straight to a fielder!" 
14 Jul 07

Captain Scott leads the way

The Brockenhurst college cricket team have won the inaugural Hampshire inter college 20-20 competition. Brock with a particularly strong team captained by Lymo first team player Lloyd Scott won every game in the league, semi final and the final.

In the final Brock having won the toss got 190 for 1 in their 20 overs, in reply Eastleigh college made 60 all out. 

14 Jul 07
Presidents Cup final set for Monday

The recently postponed Presidents Cup final between Lymington and Bashley will now take place at the Sports Ground next Monday (July 16th) at 6.15pm. 

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. More...
14 Jul 07

The seconds lose to Eastleigh in a high scoring game, match report

The thirds get their third win of the season against Bransgore match report

12 Jul 07

Lymington gets ClubMark

Lymington Cricket Club are delighted to announce that they have been awarded ClubMark. This is a form of kitemarking that recognises sports clubs with junior sections and that LCC is a safe and friendly environment for the purpose of playing and introducing youngsters to the game.

Our Club has been invited to a presentation at The Rose Bowl on Wednesday 29th August. We have been asked to bring an U-11 team to take part in a Kwik Cricket demonstration on the outfield prior to the Pro40 floodlit game against Warwickshire.

We will be presented with our ClubMark certificate during the mid-innings break. Our thanks to Peter Tapper who has spent many hours working to achieve this prestigious award including a mountain of documentation.

6 Jul 07

David GowerBicentenary Dinner tickets on sale now
Tickets for the clubs Bicentenary Dinner at Shorefield on Saturday September 15th are now on sale. Tickets cost £35 per person which includes includes a speech by England legend David Gower, a four-course meal and an auction of sporting memorabilia.

Places for this prestigious event are sure to be in high demand and members are advised to book early. Tickets can be obtained from Mark Gannaway on 01590 676973 or at gannawaymark@hotmail.com. Alternatively, an application form and flyer can be downloaded by clicking here.


Sunday switch
Sunday's match against Lymington's 1983 Colts side has been transferred to Pennington due to the condition of Lymington Sports Ground. Even an intensive workover with the water hog and a rare few hours sunshine on Friday unfortunately wasn't enough to dry up the huge wet patch in the middle of the square. The new venue can be found behind Pennington Social Club just off Lodge Road.

On Sunday 29th July the Sports Ground will be hosting a match between a current Lymington XI and a former players XI captained by Jon Hardy as part of Lymington's Bicentenary Celebrations. Among those confirmed for the ex-Lymington XI are Hardy's fellow former Hampshire teammate Stephen Andrew and another of the 1983 Southern League winning side Clive Plant. And such is the allure of the fixture that Aussie Tim Smith is jetting in from Sydney specially for the match which starts at 2.30pm. Naturally the bar will be open all day and there will be a barbeque from 5.30pm.Whether you were a player, umpire or scorer, or maybe just a supporter of Lymington Cricket Club, you are invited to attend this reunion which promises to be a wonderfully nostalgic day for all concerned.

5 Jul 07 Cup Final Postponed
Friday's President's Cup final between Lymington and Bashley at the Sports Ground has been postponed due to the recent appalling weather which has turned large areas of the square into a quagmire. No new date for match has been decided as yet, but if the rain doesn't stop soon the tie could be decided by both teams completing a breaststroke relay up and down the wicket!
5 Jul 07

A former Lymingtonian reports from New Zealand...

Lymington's Bicentenary brochure - 'A Most Glorious Double Century' - received a good write-up in the Lymington Times a couple of weeks ago, but a favourable review from rather further afield recently arrived via email. It came from Derek Thomas who played for the club more than 40 years ago before emigrating to New Zealand. Full story

4 Jul 07

All conquering colts team returns to the Sports Ground this Sunday

Despite the fine achievements of Lymington's junior section over the past few years, arguably the most successful of all of the club's colts teams was Chris Whitehouse's side of the early 1980s which swept all before them in the New Forest and won the Hampshire Cup. The team consisted almost entirely of the equally successful Priestlands School side, and was coached by Arthur McIntyre who, incidentally, is currently England's oldest surviving Test player.

This Sunday (July 8th), most of the 1983 colts side will return to the Sports Ground to face a Lymington XI as part of the club's Bicentenary celebrations. Among those promising to turn out are two bowlers who went on to play for Lymington First XI - Les Browning and Clive Kitcher. Also on show will be Chris Cooper, Colin Kitcher and John Royan (who all appeared at the Sports Ground recently for Pylewell Park in the Presidents Cup semi-final), and Middlesex CCC physio Simon Shepherd. Unfortunately David Coles, Barry Gregory and Neil Perrett are all away on a golfing holiday next weekend, although Colesy has offered some recompense by donating a man of the match award in the form of a bottle of champagne.

The match kicks off at 2.30pm.

NB: this fixture replaces the scheduled club six-a-side tournament.

Lymington's All conquering 1982 team
4 Jul 07

What's the score?

Lymington's magnificent new electronic scoreboard has been up and running for just under a month now, although to be honest it hasn't seen that much use yet due to the appalling weather conditions! full story and photo's

3 July 07

Lymo looking for home comforts in the Presidents Cup

Lymington will be hoping to make home advantage pay as they go in search of their first piece of silverware of 2007 in the President's Cup final at the Sports Ground this Friday evening (July 6th) at 6.15pm.

Standing in their way will be old foes Bashley who defeated New Milton by 19 runs in their semi-final. Lymington's passage to the final was relatively straightforward with comfortable wins over Langley Manor and Pylewell Park.

Lymington have a good record in the final of this particular competition, winning on each of their last five appearances. The last time they met Bashley in the final was back in 2002 when a certain Glyn Treagus scored 62 to help Lymo to a 30 run victory. Whether Glyn plays on Friday remains to be seen - it would be the first time he has faced his former Lymington teammates since moving to Bashley two seasons ago.

Lymo won in 2002
The 2002 Winning Team
3 July 06

What a wash-out!

Somebody likes it

It's now more than a fortnight since a Lymington senior side set foot onto a cricket pitch. The horrendous recent weather has meant the postponement of all of Lymo's league matches over the previous two weekends, while the rain has also forced the cancellation of all friendly matches, including the Bicentenary fixture with a New Forest Select XI. Shooters Hill's annual tour visit was another match to bite the dust, although the London side admirably found time to call into the Sports Ground for a pint or three and present Lymington with a fine memento to mark Lymington's Bicentenary season.

Like the seniors, the colts have also had several matches cancelled, although they have at least managed to dodge the storms on occasions and play the odd game. However, Monday and Tuesday night training sessions have been severely affected, making life difficult for the coaches of the Under 11s, 13s and 15s who are all still in with a shout of honours as the colts season enters its final few weeks.

29 Jun 07 Last weekend was a wash out for the senior sides, will this weekend be any better? The forecast doesn't look too promising.

MCC v Lymo

Lymo won this friendly fixture, see the Match Report with a host of photo's

Two wins on the trot for the seconds as they beat Portchester match report

22 Jun 07

Tribute to Tickle

A moving tribute to Tickle written by Trevor with photo's of his time at the Sports Ground.

14 Jun 07

Tickle Jenkin RIP


Lymington Cricket Club are sad to report the death of Tickle Jenkin at the grand old age of 88. Funeral details and a full tribute will appear on this website in due course.

13 Jun 07 Firsts win over Trojans Match Report with photos
11 Jun 07

The firsts and seconds both record wins in the league.

Lymo win again thanks to Sam and Ollie's Trojan effort
Lymington made it two wins on the bounce as they comfortably defeated Trojans at Stoneham Lane. The victory was set up by Sam Raphael who made a superb century in a Lymington total of 241 for 8, and completed by leg spinner Ollie Kelly who recorded league best figures of 6 for 38 as Trojans were bowled out for 166. Match report to follow...

The second's win over Bramshaw saw evergreen Mark Jackson make 103 and Peter Tapper 55 in a total score of 277 for 6 match report

9 Jun 07 report on 3rds win against Fawley, with photos match report
6 Jun 07

Match Reports - The firsts get the win

match report of the firsts loss against Burridge
match report of the firsts good win over purbrook (the first league win of the season)

The seconds get put in on a damp wicket and lose against Portsmouth and Southsea match report

Lymo got their President Cup campaign off to a winning start against Langley Manor, top scorer Bryn Darbyshire - 46 not out

1 Jun 07 The seconds struggle against Fawley match report
24 May 07

Lymo looking dapper thanks to Dan

While Lymington First XI's catching against Havant could hardly be described as smart, at least the team's attire most definitely could. The side were all kitted out in their snazzy new shirts which feature the club's bicentenary logo. Manufactured by kit suppliers North Gear, the shirts have been sponsored by Wiggins Cars – the company part-owned by Lymington's current First XI player of the year Dan Wiggins. Based near Fordingbridge, the firm sells luxury cars and, as the logo on the shirt says, they can be found at www.wigginscars.co.uk . There are a small number of the shirts available for purchase.

Dan Wiggins of Wiggins Cars with Lymington President Brian Hobby
Brian and Dan


1st Team
First XI in their new shirts.
23 May 07 Firsts v Havant IIs match report - a staccato performance
Seconds v St Cross II match report - a thriller with an unhappy ending
Thirds lost to Hythe & Dibden - not enough runs
16 May 07

Thirds v Ellingham match report - the thirds win at last!
Thirds v Suttoners match report - close game - great photos

10 May 07

Bicentenary Brochure launched this Saturday

The long awaited brochure to celebrate Lymington's bicentenary will finally hit the bookshelves this Saturday (May 12th).

Entitled 'A Most Glorious Double Century', the brochure has been written and compiled by club member Trevor Phillips, and is jam packed with articles covering virtually every aspect of Lymington's existence over the past two hundred years. It includes a full history of the club and its grounds, the story of the colts section, and a nostalgic look back at the programme, tours and the club dinners.

There are also articles on Lymington's oldest surviving player, a fascinating insight into the fierce Lymington/New Milton rivalry, and an item sure to stimulate much debate – the Greatest Ever Lymington XI. The brochure contains almost 300 photos, many of which have never been seen before.

Former Lymington, Hampshire and England A batsman Tony Middleton has written the foreword for the brochure which will retail at £10.

Copies will be available from Lymington Sports Ground on Saturday evening, or can be ordered by calling 07812 699650 or by emailing trev76@live.co.uk

8 May 07

Firsts v Ventnor match report

Seconds v Calmore match report

6 May 07 Richard Greatrix scored 114 as the seconds got off to a winning start to the season. The firsts were well beaten by Ventnor in 'the bowl' and the thirds lost as well.
24 Apr 07 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd fixtures are now listed.
23 Apr 07

Good start

Lymo's beat Paultons in the final warm up match. It featured Lymo's overseas player Sam Raphael.

The last indoor practice of the season is on the 24th April at the usual place.

23 Apr 07

A smashing way to begin a bicentenary!
Third XI captain Meg Gannaway not only smashed the first six of Lymington's
bicentenary season, but also accidentally smashed Bryn Darbyshire's car
window in the process. Bryn can count himself extremely unfortunate as his car was
parked at long off - an area rarely used by leg-side specialist Meg.

A smashing time

Meg's maximum wasn't enough to save Lymington from a 79 run defeat against
local rivals Bashley on a glorious spring afternoon at the BCG. However, the
margin of defeat was immaterial as the match gave both sides a chance to
gain some much-needed match practice. As might be expected, Lymo's bowling
looked a touch rusty, although leg-spinner Ollie Kelly grabbed a couple of
wickets on his Lymington debut as Bash reached 258 for 6 at tea with Sexton,
Jones and Steadman all recording half centuries. Against a pretty strong
Bashley bowling attack Adie Hunt batted well and registered the club's first
half century of the season in a Lymo total of 179 for 9.

23 Apr 07
David wacks one 
David in his former days

Gower confirmed as guest speaker

England batting legend David Gower has been confirmed as the guest speaker
for Lymington's Bicentenary Dinner at Shorefield Park in September. Places
at the prestigious event are sure to be in high demand and details of how
members can get hold of tickets will be announced on this website in the
next few weeks.

List of Bicentenary Events (pdf)

23 Apr 07 Dakin the mickey!
Lymington's recent annual presentation dinner at the Walhampton Arms saw after-dinner speaker Roger Dakin return for a record breaking third appearance. Once again, Roger's razor-sharp wit and endless supply of brilliant one-liners left the diners with aching sides. The dinner also marked the start of Lymington's bicentenary season. Nick Gossip's Photos
28 Mar 07

A clean sweep
The lymington indoor team who competing in the South Hampshire indoor league made in a clean sweep on Sunday, of losses that is, having failed to record a single win! To be fair quite a number of the games were very close and could have gone either way.

Next year the team will play in the New Forest league which will permit a greater number of player to select from and should make a big difference.

5 Mar 07

Members Only!

There is now a members only area on the web site, it's below the About Us menu. All the documents are password protected, if you don't know it you won't be able to read it!

12 Feb 07

Oh Lordy! What a way to celebrate a bicentenary!

.Lymington have found the ultimate way of bringing their bicentenary celebrations to a climax - by playing at the most famous cricketing venue in the world!

The prestigious match, against Cross Arrows CC, will take place on the Nursery Ground at Lord's on Friday September 21st and promises to be a fantastic day for all connected with Lymington Cricket Club.

The idea of a fixture at Lord's was suggested by the ECB's competitions manager and Cross Arrows member Patrick Mahony who met with Lymington players at the Southern League dinner last November. The Cross Arrows only play matches in September and October, mainly against clubs such as Lymington who are celebrating noteworthy anniversaries. Former Hampshire and England all-rounder John Stephenson (currently MCC's Head of Cricket) is the Cross Arrows club captain, and players are drawn from MCC members and employees..

The Nursery Ground is almost as famous as the main ground itself. During Test matches and big one-day games it doubles up as practice area for the players and a hospitality area for sponsors. It is separated from the main Lord's pitch by the Compton & Edrich Stands and the futuristic media centre which towers over the northern end of the ground. The boundaries are fairly small compared to the adjoining main arena, which does raise the intriguing possibility of a Lymington batsman actually hitting a ball INTO Lord's!

The club hopes to hire a coach to take players and supporters to London for the match, with the possibility of a tour of Lord's and some shopping in the West End for the ladies. Further details will be posted during the summer.

The Lord's fixture is just one of a series of events to celebrate Lymington Cricket Club's 200th birthday. Please click HERE to download a pdf of the full list of Bicentenary events.

12 Feb 07

SamEx-Lymington colt scores on International debut

Former Lymington CC youngster Sam Vokes took just two minutes to find the net on his international football debut for Wales Under 21s against Northern Ireland in Belfast. The 17 year old bustling centre forward, who played in Chris Noble's Under 15 colts side at Lymington, recently broke into AFC Bournemouth's first team and was selected for Wales courtesy of a Welsh grandfather.

Sam's brother Matt still plays for Lymington colts and was part of Tony Thorp's Under 13 league winning side last season. Ironically, although Sam now plays for Wales and the Cherries, father Tim is a staunch England and Saints supporter.

12 Feb 07

Destroyed by the Darbyshires!

The Darbyshire brothers were in inspired form as Lymington's New Forest Indoor League side maintained its mid-table position with a 47 run victory over Ordnance Survey, match report

29 Jan 07

Dreadlock Horror Day!

Keith Dabengwa:
Facing the chop!

It seems that after a disastrous run of 12 One Day International defeats in a row, the Zimbabwean cricket authorities have finally uncovered the real reason for the team's abject failure - their hair is too long! Three of the national side - including former Lymington overseas player Keith Dabengwa - have been ordered to chop off their dreadlocks, or risk being dropped from the squad as part of the team's new dress code.

Rather like Samson, the lack of hair seemed to sap the strength from the Zimbabweans who crashed to three defeats against South Africa A in their most recent World Cup warm-up matches.

29 Jan 07

Senior Winter Training

The great facilities at Hordle Walhampton have been booked again for Senior Training. the first session starts on Tuesday, Feb 6th, 20:00 till 22:00 then every Tuesday until April 17th.

24 Jan 07 Title hopes all but vanish
Lymington's slim hopes of capturing the New Forest indoor League title were all but ended thanks to a 7 run defeat by Paultons. Full details
24 Jan 07

.Dakin back for another dinner date

Such was the popularity of after-dinner speaker Roger Dakin on his previous two visits to Lymington, he has been invited back for a record breaking third time for the club's forthcoming annual presentation evening & bicentenary launch in March. The former England hockey goalkeeper and current deputy chairman of the world famous Lashings CC is widely regarded as one of the funniest and most entertaining speakers around, and was seen as an ideal choice to help the club launch its 200th birthday celebrations.

The dinner will take place at the Walhampton Arms (formerly Towles Restaurant) on Friday March 30th (NOT February 23rd as previously advertised), and applications for tickets will be sent out to members in the near future.

3 Jan 07

MCCLymington planning a year to remember!

Not many sporting organisations in the world can claim to be 200 years old, but that will be Lymington Cricket Club's proud boast in 2007.

And, as befits such a prestigious anniversary, the club will be staging a series of high profile events during the year. These include a match against an MCC XI which will hopefully include a few famous faces, a re-enactment (in full period costume!) of the first match back in 1807 on Pennington Common, and a match against a team of former Lymington legends. During the year there will also be a golf day at Barton on Sea and a colts festival, while the Sports Ground will be hosting the Presidents Cup final and the New Forest colts play-offs. The celebrations will culminate with a special Bicentenary dinner at Shorefield Park on September 15th.

The club also hope to publish a souvenir brochure to mark the Bicentenary, and other events will be planned during the course of the season. Click here to download a pdf with the latest information and dates of events.

28 Dec 06

Larry the Lark's Christmas Message

Yes Larry has done a review of 2006, the highs and the lows..., the article

13 Dec 06
Aaron celebrates the wicket of Geriant Jones

England keeper's fate decided by ex-Lymo star?
If England wicketkeeper Geriant Jones fails to make the starting line-up for Thursday's Third Test in Perth, then a former Lymington player may well have played a major part in sealing the Kent keeper's fate. The cricketer in question - Aaron Heal - dismissed the oft-criticised gloveman for a golden duck in the recent tour match between the tourists and Western Australia at the WACA, and with deputy Chris Read scoring runs and taking three catches in the match, Aaron's dismissal of Jones may well have given Read the edge.

The unassuming left arm spinner who spent a highly successful season at the Sports Ground in 2002 also took the wicket of England opener Andrew Strauss, but will perhaps be best remembered in this match for being run out by a direct throw from Monty Panesar. With Panesar generally considered to be one of the worst fielders in the game, the Sky Sports News reporter at the Waca was so shocked by the run out that he described Aaron as "the unluckiest batsman in world cricket”! Aaron's early season performances for Western Australia have been receiving rave reviews Down Under, and all this despite the handicap of a very dodgy hairstyle!

13 Dec 06

Back to winning ways
Lymington's New Forest Indoor League side bounced back from their recent poor run of form to record a surprise victory over Fawley. Mind you, it took a major helping hand from ex-Lymo player Wayne Smith to end the losing streak. more

11 Dec 06 Pre-Christmas Drinks
Club members are invited to meet at the King's Head on Quay Hill from 7.30pm on Saturday 16th December for a seasonal drink or two. If the Chairman is seen putting his hand in his pocket we'll know that Christmas has well and truly come early!
11 Dec 06
Dab under Guard
Security guards warn off autograph hunters
as Keith practices in the nets

Dabs top scores, but Zim get thrashed again
Lymington's former overseas player Keith Dabengwa top scored for Zimbabwe in their latest One Day International in Bangladesh. But his 32 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka wasn't enough to prevent Zim from slipping to a fourth straight defeat in the five match series. The hosts overhauled the African's modest 146 all out with 8 wickets and almost 18 overs to spare.

Dabengwa, who often flattered to deceive during his spell at Lymington last summer, is currently top of the Zim batting averages for the series having scored 82 runs in three innings including a not out. To highlight the depth of Zimbabwe's problems, he is also their second highest wicket taker with three.

This crushing series defeat against the second worst side in world cricket is the latest in a long line of disasters to beset Zimbabwe. Worryingly, the country that seems to lurch from one crisis to another is due to regain its Test status as early as next November.

Recognise that bat, Kish?
11 Dec 06 Lymo crash out of the cup
Lymington's New Forest Indoor Cup hopes floundered at the first hurdle when they suffered a last ball defeat against Pylewell Park. The plucky underdogs scrambled a three off the last ball of the match to secure a dramatic 1 wicket victory. Tony Hayes was the unlikely hero for Pylewell, scoring an unbeaten 42 as his side chased Lymington's 126 for 3 (Simon Naylor 27no, Adam Darbyshire 25no). At least Lymington can now concentrate on the their league campaign which resumed on Sunday 10th December against Fawley.
2 Dec 06

.Here we go again….

You can almost cut the anticipation with a knife. After nearly 15 months of waiting it's finally here. No we're not talking about Wobbly Wharton's new blow-up doll, we're talking about the Ashes: the greatest contest in World sport. But can England hang on to the treasured urn or will the convicts steal it back again? We asked a few Lymington members for their expert opinions on how the series will unfold:

Adie Hunt: Australia will win it 3-1. We'll struggle to to bowl them out twice, although that's what I said in 2005! Straus will be a key player - if he can have a good series we will have a fighting chance.

Jim Lowe: 2-2, which means England retain the Ashes. 5-0 to the barmy army, all venues drunk dry, and Glenn McGrath retires to take up his new career as a clairvoyant. (like mystic meg, cant get anything right!)

Lloyd Scott: I think it will be 2-3 to the Auzzies

Mike Vimpany: Australia will win at least three, maybe four Tests. Whereas English cricket has taken a distinct down-turn since the Ashes win, Australia are massively motivated and, in addition to having a fervent, partisan following behind them, are man-for-man far superior to England, who will be vulnerable to batting collapses and lean days with the ball, particularly in the pace department. The loss of Troy Cooley as bowling coach is already being felt: quite how Kevin Shine can have been chosen as his replacement is beyond me.

Steve Scott: My predication is 2-1 to the Poms, I think the wickets will suit Freddy and Harmison.

Nick Lee: 2-1 to England because I'm an optimist and I think with my heart! I also predict that Pompey will qualify for the Champions League.

Trevor Phillips: I predicted a 3-1 loss last time and we won, so I'm plumping for 3-1 to the Aussies again! I also predict that Nick Lee is totally deluded!

Simon Naylor: I'm banking on a 2-2 draw with England retaining the ashes. We'll win in Sydney to tie the series.

Ed Molloy: I reckon Australia will win 3-1. England will struggle due to having rubbish bowlers and rubbish batsmen!

Tony Thorp: I think the Aussies will win the Ashes 3-1. In my opinion the Australian batsmen cannot collectively have such a bad time of it. England will miss bowling in English conditions and the loss of Simon Jones will prove to bigger a hole to fill. The Aussies will bat first, pile up a huge first innings total and lob the ball to Shane Warne who is still a mystery to most Englishmen! One positive note for England, Monty will cause the Aussies (and Gerriant Jones!) no end of problems.

John McGuirk: 2-1 or 3-1, but I don't know who to!

And from the other side:

Peter Smith: 4-0 to the Aussies!

Matt Bowdler: No final prediction but Australia will win at least three Tests

All predictions were before the series started, it was just published late.

2 Dec 06

Collapse triggers first New Forest indoor defeat

Lymington produced a dismal batting performance as they lost their first New Forest Indoor League match of the season against Hythe & Dibden. Having cruised to 75 for no wicket, full sorry details

2 Dec 06

Mark catches an awardAward for Kiwi

Congratulations to Mark Newton who picked up the Division 2 wicketkeeping award at the Southern Premier League presentation dinner in November. Kiwi had a magnificent season behind the timbers, snaring 20 catches and 3 stumpings - and all this after joining the club two years ago as an opening bowler!

Put yourself in Kiwi's gloves!
Now YOU can find out what it's like to be a Southern Premier League Division 2 award-winning wicketkeeper thanks to www.testcatchcricket.com. Or if you fancy facing some of the best bowlers in the world try www.stickcricket.co.uk. Have fun!

14 nov 06

Senior Winter Training

The great facilities at Hordle Walhampton have been booked again for Senior Training. the first session starts on Tuesday, Feb 6th, 20:00 till 22:00 then every Tuesday until April 17th.

NEWS 2007
  2006 news
Trophies 2007
Presidents Cup
match report
Best Batting 2007

Richard Greatrix 114
v Calmore 5 May

Sam Raphael 102
v Trojans 9 Jun

Mark Jackson 103
v Bramshaw 9 Jun

Sam Raphael 147
v MCC 10 Jun

Sam Raphael 102
v Havant II 21 Jul

Sam Raphael 100*
v Old LCC 29 Jul

Sam Raphael 111
v Andover 25 Aug

Best Bowling 2007

Ollie Kelly 6 for 38
v Trojans 9 Jun

Tom Hayward 5 for 50
v Bransgore 7 Jul

L Di Maria 5-20
v Mudeford 28 Jul

Tommy Barton 5 for 37
v Locks Heath 4 Aug

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