A very pleasant day was enjoyed by Shooters Hill on their nineteenth year of touring the New Forest. They have yet to beat Lymington but they will persist next year especially as their after match drinking is legendary amongst touring sides. As usual Lymington batted first and the rare sight of Peter Tapper actually playing cricket was observed but only briefly as their substitute fielder Pixi who was guesting at the time, took a simple catch at mid wicket. Cameron Grierson played some delightful shots in an attempt to regain his early season form and made a jug avoiding 49. Our Aussie was slowly being introduced to the delights of social cricket but could only muster 5 before being brilliantly caught on the boundary. This paved the way for Eddie Freeman 37 and young Tommy Barton 63 to play some scintillating cricket including Tommy being dropped at mid wicket by his sister. The final score of 232 was adequate but less than our skipper had ordered.
Fortunately Chris James claimed an early wicket followed by a needless run out and pave the way for Geoff Renshaw and Pixi to bowl in tandem. They took 6 wickets and Geoff was actually on a historic hat trick at one point. None of their batsmen were comfortable against the spin twins and with the help of another run out Shooters Hill subsided to 136 all out. This game was played as a traditional match and both teams spent the entire evening trying to explain to our Aussie that cricketers in the UK carry on playing after the age of 30.
Tommy Barton 63