Local-boy-made-good returns to speak at club dinner
Chief executive of the Professional Cricketers Association and Lymington old boy Sean Morris was the guest speaker at the club's recent annual dinner at the Walhampton Arms.
Sean was back on familiar ground, having joined Lymington in 1988 and played for the club for five seasons. The talented batsman went on to make 37 first class appearances for Hampshire, scoring more than 1,800 runs, including a career best 174 against Nottinghamshire in 1994. In January 2008 Sean was appointed Chief Executive of the PCA, the organisation which represents past and present first class cricketers in England and Wales. As Sean told the 70 gathered diners, his first 14 months in the job had been more eventful than he could have ever imagined. In that short space of time the world of cricket witnessed the introduction of the ill-fated Stanford Super Series and the mega-rich Indian Premier League, as well as the Mumbai terrorist attacks which led to the Sean and the PCA having to persuade the England team to return to India and, most recently, the resignation of Kevin Pietersen as England captain. Sean was heavily involved in protecting his members' interests in all of these issues and gave a fascinating and often humourous insight into how negotiations were handled.
He also spoke fondly of his time at Lymington, thanking the club for recommending him to Hampshire all those years ago. Sean's first Lymington captain Jerry Holt recalled Sean's debut for the club's second XI at Havant when the teenager failed to score many runs but was invited to bowl and took 4 wickets. Sean added that his Hampshire captains were rather less convinced of his prowess with the ball - in all of his professional career he bowled just four balls!
Sean concluded his speech by mentioning his pleasure in seeing Lymington promoted to the top division of the Southern Premier League last season. This sentiment was echoed by club President Brian Hobby, and also by outgoing First Eleven skipper Adie Hunt who went on to describe his immense pride in captaining his home-town club for four years.
Meanwhile, Lymington's stars of last season were honoured at the dinner. The First Eleven player of the year award went to Morgan Rushbrook who scored 548 runs. Jim Stevenson and Tim Noble scooped the Second and Third Eleven awards respectively, while Australian Craig O'Shannessy received the Peter Barrett Cup for best all-rounder. Nicky Elliott was selected as best colt in senior cricket, and the husband and wife team of Lee and Julie Moors received the Clubman award for their sterling work in organising the Colts section, the Third Eleven, two kids and a dog!
The evening ended with an auction of corporate hospitality tickets, donated by Sean Morris, for the forthcoming Lord's Test between England and the West Indies. An incredible £1100 was raised from the auction, and the club would like to thank Sean for his incredible act of generosity, and also the successful bidders Thorp Motors and Cricket-Hockey.com. All the money raised will go towards the further development of facilities and youth cricket at Lymington.