Match Report - First XI - 21 June 08
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2
Lymington 238 for 8 Liphook & Ripsley 70ao
Lymington travelled to the picturesque ground of Liphook & Ripsley determined to put last weeks loss to OTS & Romsey firmly behind them and continue with their excellent league form this year. After winning the toss Adie Hunt elected to bat first in overcast conditions looking for a competitive first innings score. For the first time in 3 years the Hunt brothers formed the opening partnership for Lymington and started steadily with Martin Hunt looking particularly fluent. After seeing off the new ball both batsmen then looked to increase the scoring rate and brought up the 50 partnership after 14 overs. With both batsmen scoring freely on both sides of the wicket it was no surprise when firstly Martin reached 50 and the partnership went above 100. The first wicket fell on 141 with Adie Hunt adjudged L.B.W for a seasons best 41. The first wicket led to a slight stumble with the next 3 falling for only 15 runs, one of them being Martin Hunt for a well played 82, to leave the team 157 for 4 with 12 overs to go. With a clatter of wickets at one end Christian Pain though continued his excellent form with a hard hit 41 and with Mark Newton and Ed Freeman adding 27 from the final 2 overs Lymington had amassed a sizeable 238 for 8 from their 50 overs.
Chasing a large score Liphook needed a decent start against Lymington's opening attack of Criag O'Shannessy and Tommy Barton but soon found themselves in trouble. Barton took the first wicket with the score on 6 and the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only South African Winter giving much resistance to Lymington's bowling attack. Once Winter had been bowled by Pain for 32 Liphook's last 7 wickets fell for only 15 runs as the 5 bowlers each claimed 2 wickets to bowl Liphook out for just 70 in 27 overs. A much improved team performance led to Lymington winning by a massive 168 runs and leaves the team in good shape ahead of the derby game against old rivals New Milton at the sports ground next week.