Lymington U15 71-9 Totton & Eling U15 75-2
Lymington were given a harsh lesson in how to bat on a green and slow early season wicket by old rivals Totton & Eling who cruised to an 8 wicket victory.
It had all looked quite promising early on for Lymington as openers Aidan Lindsay-Wood (12) and Charlie Kinsella (19) took the score to
26 from 5 overs. However, Lindsay-Wood was then forced to retire to the pavilion for treatment to a nasty cut, and from that moment on it all went pear shaped for Lymington. Wickets began to tumble at an alarming rate as the Lymington batsmen attempted to slog their way out of trouble on a pitch where patience and application were the order of the day. The notable exception was Nicky Elliott who batted with great maturity in scoring 18 not out, an innings that included a couple of textbook pull shots for 4. Gary Blake was chief destroyer for Totton, taking 3-10 as Lymington were restricted to just 71-9 at the break.
Lymington's chances of pulling off an unlikely victory were given a boost by Lindsay-Wood who conceded just 9 runs in a fine 4 over spell. George Hayward was only a little more expensive as the visitors fell behind the required run rate after 8 overs. However, openers Beresford (22) and Arnold (26) were content to wait for the arrival of the change bowlers before unleashing their full armoury, and this they did to good effect. The introduction of Elliott saw the pint-sized spinner gleefully snare two of his New Forest representative side teammates, but by that stage it was all too late as Lymington slumped to a comprehensive defeat with almost 4 overs to spare.
Credit should be given to the Lymington & Pennington Town Council groundstaff who managed to produce a wicket despite the adverse weather conditions in the week leading up to the match.