Lymington broke their duck in the Time Pennant competition of the League with a great win over South Wilts thanks to an excellent spell of controlled fast medium bowling by ex Aussie international, Simon Cook.
Christian Pain won the toss for Lymington and elected to field which proved to be an excellent decision, and it wasnt long before the first five South Wilts batsmen were back in the hutch for a mere 38 runs thanks to some superb bowling by Simon Cook, who,in the absence of Morgan Rushbrook, was well supported by 17 year old Tommy Barton (6-3-17-0). South Wilts skipper Hayward showed that he was made of sterner stuff with an excellent knock of 55 before being clean bowled by Eddie Freeman for 55. Glyn Treagus bowled a very accurate spell of off spin and in 14 overs took 1-25 with 5 maidens. Eddie Freeman mopped up the tail to finish with 3-14, all bowled and South Wilts were all out for 125. Simon Cook's final figures were 17-10-20-6, a truly magnificent performance.
Lymington's reply was nearly as bad as the South Wilts opening and the top 5 batsman were back in the pavilion with only 55 on the board. The visitor's captain, Christian Pain, played a determined innings of 15 before being the seventh batsman to be out LBW in the match. This is now quite a rare occurence with umpires give the batsmen the benefit of any doubt in most cases. At 86 for 7 wickets Lymington looked up against it and Hibberd was bowling very well. However Cameron Grierson and Tommy Barton had other ideas and defended stubbornly and hit the few bad balls to the boundary to put on an unbroken stand of 40 to win the match by 3 wickets. Both the not out batsmen scored 25.
Hibberd was the outstanding bowler for South Wilts with figures of 21-9-45-5. The other South Wilts bowlers to take a wicket were Hayward 1-24 and Crick 1-30.
One feature of Lymington's play this season has been the captaincy of Christian Pain who has shown himself to be not only a good leader but also a shrewd tactician, making the best of his somewhat limited resources with well balanced bowling changes!