Match Report - First XI - 16 May 09
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 1

Alton 241-7 (reduced to 233) Lymington 192

Lymington only have themselves to blame for their defeat at Alton. In the field a couple of vital catches were put down and some of the bowling was very below par. When it became Lymington's turn to bat there were three run outs, two of which were completely unnecessary and should have been avoided.

Lymington won the toss, and in view of the uncertain weather conditions, Christian Pain elected to field. The match started five minutes late and there was a stoppage for rain after only 1.3 overs. This reduced Alton's overs to 49 and Lymington's to 46. Early on runs were hard to come by against the bowling of Cook and Rushbrook, but Gadsby (58) and Myers (39) both got their heads down and played very sensibly putting on 101 for the first wicket. There was then a minor collapse and the next three wickets fell for 16 runs. D.Taylor and MP Heffernan then put on 85 runs for the fifth wicket and Alton lost two more before the completion of their 49 overs. Ollie Kelly (7-3-25-3) was the best of the Lymington bowlers, Simon Cook took 2-43 and Glyn Treagus and Christian Pain one each. Alton ended up with 244 which was reduced to 233 due to the interuption by rain.

Lymington started brightly but Treagus (14) went with the score on 27 in the fourth over. Morgan Rushbrook (49) and Kelly (43) then put on 87 for the second wicket to keep well up with the clock. However after Rushbrook's departure disaster struck and wickets fell at regular intervals. Christian Pain (11) and Adie Hunt (17) were the only batsmen in the lower order to reach double figures. The best of the Alton bowlers were Ballinger (3-41) and Taylor (2-38) and the home team were worthy winners by 41 runs.



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