Match Report - First XI - 30 Aug 08
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington 226 for 9 - New Milton 227 for 7

Lymington made the short journey to local rivals New Milton looking to make amends for the heavy defeat dished out against them earlier in the season. After losing the toss Lymington were asked to bat and openers Rushbrook and Darbyshire started positively scoring at 6 an over for the first 7 overs. Darbyshire brought up his 2nd 50 of the season before falling caught behind for a run a ball 52. Rob Lammiman joined Rushbrook and these 2 continued the good work and pushed the score along to 141 for 1 before Lammiman was dismissed for 49, Rushbrook soon followed for 45 but Lymington were still well placed at 188 for 3 with 10 overs remaining. In previous weeks the team had been in similar positions with 10 overs to go and fallen away to a disappointing score and this week was no different after O'Shannessy departed for 28 Lymington's lower middle order subsided to end up on 226 for 9, 30 or 40 less than what the team should have scored.

After bowling well all season Lymington were confident of defending 226 but struggled to make an impact as New Milton began positively. O'Shannessy took the first wicket through a fine tumbling catch by Hunt and Rushbrook continued his good form with the dismissing the dangerous Fotheringham for a hard hit 39. With New Milton on 105 for 3 after 25 overs Lymington's aim was to keep the bowling tight and create some pressure on the middle order, unfortunately Lymington kept on giving the host so many extras that the batsmen Gargaro and Lee Beck didn't have to take any risks to keep up with the required rate. O'Shannessy returned to claim 2 more wickets to finish with 39 for the season but runs kept coming and New Milton eased to the target with an over and 3 wickets in hand.

After playing some good cricket for most of the season this was a very disappointing way to finish the year, 52 extras and some poor shot selection by the batsmen is something that must be improved upon if the team do get promoted to the Premier League.



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