Lymington's crack midweek friendly side welcomed an entertaining and thirsty touring team from Orpington who play in Division 1 of the Kent league. Having won the toss and elected to bat on a good pitch, Lymington initially made brisk progress. Adie Hunt (11) went early to a Farmer slower ball which brought together the hitting might of P. Tapper (43) and overseas O'Shannessy (30). Both peppered the boundary at more than a run-a-ball before O'Shannessy was deceived by a very slow change-up from Clarkson. Skipper E. Freeman took a steady approach early on, particularly when P. Tapper was replaced by his son Scott. After some quality clean hitting Scott (18) was calamitously run out by Freeman before T. Barton consigned himself to a similar fate a few balls later. The further loss of M. Douglas meant Lymington were reeling at 133-6. “Pixie” Elliott (25) played a mature supporting role mixing defensive technique with some attacking shots, while Freeman became more positive reaching his half century with a “minnow” six over square leg. Another clatter of wickets followed, including L. Scott out to a stunning one-handed slip catch by A. Watts. Lymington closed on 239 all out with Freeman last out for 74 from 67 balls.
Needing to score quickly, Orpington opener Clarkson (38) aimed some clean hits at paceman L. Scott (who returns to Lymo from his Cornish studies). Scott showed good stamina to return 2-56 while young Josh Bowring bowled with improving control, claiming the wicket of opener A.Watts (20). T.Barton's 3 overs were quick and accurate while S.Tapper's seamers brought the wicket of M.Knight (3), another brilliant one-handed slip catch by father P.Tapper. With the required rate escalating, the in-form G.Renshaw was introduced to demonstrate his left arm repertoire. Drawing Orpington's batsman down the pitch Renshaw was prepared to risk a few boundaries in exchange for the false shots of D.Game (3), C. Farmer (6) and D.Robinson (3) all caught by Freeman at long on with Pixie taking his second catch from Sterling (17). Overseas player Lyon (57) kept his side in it with some good hitting but Lymington held their nerve as the wily Renshaw had Lyon stumped by Douglas. Pixie's quality off-spin finished things off with Freeman taking his 4th catch and Lymington recording an enjoyable 42 run victory. The good nature of the fixture continued in the bar afterwards with the singing of Orpington's Prince Sterling living long in the memory.