Match Report - First XI - 17 May 08
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2
Hook 171ao - Lymington 172 for 8
After last weeks defeat to Ventnor Lymington hoped to get their season off and running against previously winless Hook. With the start delayed by 30 minutes due to drizzle the game was reduced to a 44 over a side contest and after winning the toss Lymington asked Hook to have first use of an excellent looking wicket. The Lymington opening bowlers Craig O'Shannessy and Morgan Rushbrook both bowled with good aggression and pace with Rushbrook taking the first wicket caught by Christian Pain at first slip. The Hook batsmen then began to play some shots and the score raced along to 51 for 1 after 11 overs, the introduction of Pain and Tommy Barton led to 2 quick wickets and then a period where Hook scored only 30 runs in 13 overs. During this time Pain (3-22) was in the middle of a very good spell of bowling and this culminated in him taking 2 wickets in consecutive deliveries to leave Hook struggling on 86 for 5 from 26 overs. The Hook batsmen Briggs and McNally then combined well to frustrate Lymington with a partnership of 76 to take the score to 161 for 5 with 4 overs left, this was when overseas pace bowler O'Shannessy was reintroduced into the attack with devastating effect. In his next 9 deliveries he took 5 wickets which also culminated in a hat trick, the first of his career, to finish the Hook innings off for 171 and leave O'Shannessy with fine figures of 5-34.
Chasing 172 to win from 44 overs Lymington were looking for a fast start with Martin Hunt and Ollie Kelly opening the batting. Unfortunately once again the Lymington top order were blown apart to leave the team struggling on 17 for 2, Hunt and Rushbrook set about repairing the damage and took the score nicely along to 50 before Rushbrook fell L.B.W for 15. Christian Pain (30) came to wicket keen to carry on from where he left off last week and in partnership with Hunt (48) added 67 to take Lymington to 117 for 3 with 18 overs left to score only 55 runs. What seemed a relatively simple run chase changed completely with Lovelock bowling a fine spell in taking 4-21 to leave Lymington somewhat struggling on 154 for 8. With only 2 wickets remaining Lymington had to make sure they used the overs available to creep to the total, Mark Newton and Tommy Barton did exactly this and took the amount needed down to 9 from 4 overs when Barton smashed a huge 6 to assure Lymington of their first win of the season.