28 Dec 10


Lymington stalwart Jerry Holt had double cause for celebration at the club’s recent annual general meeting. Not only was he awarded life membership of the club, he was then unanimously voted in as the club’s new president. Fellow club member Neil Trestrail described how Jerry first joined Lymington in 1973 as a teenager and in the following 37 years had held just about every single office within the club and, apart from the First XI, captained every team at some stage. The cultured top-order batsman was a member of the 1983 Southern League winning squad and later went on to win the Second XI player of the year award on three occasions. Off the field, Jerry has worked tirelessly over the years, especially in organising overseas players for the club and fighting Lymington’s cause when it seemed that the club was in danger of being moved to Woodside. All those present at the meeting agreed that life membership was a fitting accolade for someone who has given so much to the club.

All of these attributes also made Jerry the perfect candidate to succeed Brian Hobby as club President. The retiring President stated that it had been an honour to serve a club that “was in my blood”, and was delighted that Jerry had agreed to succeed him. He particularly thought it appropriate that a member of the Holt family should be President, since the popular Hampshire cricketer Arthur Holt - a distant cousin of Jerry's - had been such a great friend of the club. The new incumbent thanked Brian for his loyal service and announced his pride in being elected to be the next in a long and illustrious line of Lymington Cricket Club presidents. He added, “We have a good committee, excellent captains and a vibrant colts section, and I hope we can continue to improve.”

Jerry Holt
New Lymington CC President Jerry Holt (left) is presented with his life membership by retiring President Brian Hobby

The old adage about there being a fine line between success and failure was never more pertinent in 2010 as Lymington’s whole season came down to the final day. The First XI, lead by the inspirational Morgan Rushbrook, pulled off an amazing great escape to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth. The Second XI similarly left it until the last minute to secure promotion to Division One of the Hampshire League. At the other end of the scale, the Third XI suffered the heartbreak of missing out on promotion by the narrowest of margins. Looking forward to 2011 the club has been busily recruiting with a couple of big names already lined up. After an absence of four years, the club has re-instated its Fourth XI with Lee Moors agreeing to captain the side. Adie Hunt takes over from Lee as Third XI skipper, while Simon Naylor continues at the helm of the Second XI. It is hoped that Morgan Rushbrook will return from Down Under to skipper the First XI once more.

The standard of Sports Ground pitches in 2010 was much improved and this was reflected in the Southern Premier League’s end of season ground gradings which saw Lymington rise from 36th of out 38 clubs in 2009 to 21st place in 2010. The outfield continues to be a cause for concern, especially in the early part of the summer when a large proportion of it is still recovering from the rigours of the football season. Chairman Peter Tapper revealed that the club is currently in talks with the Town Council over the Sports Ground license which is due for renewal.

The colts section once again had a superb year with the Under 11As and Bs and Under 13s all winning their leagues and all the other various age groups losing just a handful of matches between them all season. The Under 11s also reached the Hampshire Cup Final at the Rose Bowl where they were sadly defeated by St Cross. Colts organiser Lee Moors happily reported that the club was currently blessed with more qualified coaches than ever before on training nights, and this had been evident in the good performances on the field.

Retiring treasurer Jerry Holt reported that bar takings had been down in 2010, partly due to the poor weather in August which saw several matches washed out, and partly due to poor after-match sales following the First XI's all-day matches. The overall income was also down and the club was grateful to the organisers of the corporate golf day and development fund for bringing in much needed funds. Despite the slight downturn in club income, the Treasurer felt that subscriptions and match fees for the 2011 season should be held at 2010 levels.

Aside from the aforementioned change of president, there were just two other changes to the committee with Tony Wharton elected to take over the treasurer’s role from Jerry Holt, and Mark Thacker voted onto the general committee. Having raised thousands of pounds for the club through annual corporate golf days, David Coles was deservedly elected as a vice president of the club. The same honour was also bestowed on Joan Iles, widow of the much-missed Lymington legend Bob.

10 Dec 10

Christmas Social

Lymington CC would like you to join us for a celebration drink at the Tripp on Saturday 18th December to commemorate a rousing season. There is no agenda just a social jolly.

24 Nov 10

Who will win the Ashes? Lymingtonians give their verdict...

It's less than six inches long and considered the most important thing in cricket. But that's enough about Wobbly Wharton's love life. No, we're talking about the Ashes. Just 13 months ago Andrew Strauss lifted the prized urn at The Oval, but four years ago the Kangaroo fiddlers thrashed us 5-0 in their own back yard. On that occasion only former Lymington overseas star Peter Smith came close to guessing the right result, predicting a 4-0 win for the Aussies. But how will it go this time? We asked some prominent past and present Lymington members to give us their predictions...

Jerry Holt: 'My prediction is a 2-1 win for England. At least I hope so as we are going to Melbourne and Sydney!'

Wobbly Wharton: 'My prediction is 2-2 with one drawn and we retain the Ashes - the Aussies always perform better at home but we have a good squad - Swann, Broad, Strauss and Petersen will be stars'

Jim Stevenson: 'England to win 3-2: Brisbane - England win; Perth - England win; Adelaide - Australia win; Melbourne - Australia win; Sydney - England win. Put your house on it!! Reliably informed by some very nice Pakistani businessman'

Chris James: '2-2 for me. Two sides that are evenly matched with both having good and bad days without anyone dominating the series. It seems to be a wet summer so far which might have an effect and render predictions difficult'

Jan Hunt: 'Based on my husband's vast knowledge of cricket, the West Indies will win the Ashes by four rubbers to three'

Malcolm Douglas: 'It has to be 2-2. England to retain the Ashes the hard way!'

Adie Hunt: '3-1 England'

Dom Di Maria: '2-2'

Mark Jackson: 'My guess is 3-1 to the home side as the Aussies are difficult to beat on their own turf. England have always talked a good game but previous history between the two sides shows that England do not always produce the performances required on the pitch. I will happily be proved wrong and of course want England to win, but my head says otherwise.'

Trevor Phillips: '2-2. Trivia fact: I hit Chris Tremlett for 6 once. Mind you, he was about 12 at the time. I'd probably get arrested for doing that nowadays. The world's gone soft.'

Thorpy: 'England to retain the Ashes 1-1'

Steve Scott: 'England to win 2-1, Australia seem to be in the same state as England a few years back, inconsistent and lots of injury worries. England meanwhile are consistently playing well, are injury free and have good backup players for most of the team, except Swann.'

Adrian Poole (Lymington 1963): '5-0 to Australia! The Aussies are always a tough proposition in their own back yard. And Saints to win the FA Cup - I know... in my dreams!'

And from the Dark Side...

Peter Smith (Lymington 2005): 'I might go a little bit conservative this time round, although I'm still quite confident that we will win the series and once again have the little urn in our possession. 3-1 to the mighty Aussies!'

Sam Raphael (Lymington 2007): 'The Aussies to win 3-1 and a draw in the Adelaide Test. Ponting to score most series runs, Graeme Swann to take most wickets. Alistair Cook to be dropped by the Second Test.'

Aaron Heal (Lymington 2002, now a professional cricketer with Western Australia):
'I reckon England 2-1. Yeah, I know I shouldn't say that, but seeing as Australia don't pick me - **** them! Better not include that last comment. The real reason is because I think England's bowling attack is a lot better than in years gone by. Swann will be the key'

Tim Smith (Lymington 1996-97): '2-2'

As a footnote, Lymington Cricket Club does have a strong historical connection with Australia versus England Test matches. Harry Jupp, who would later become Lymington's professional, was the first Englishman to score a half century in Test matches between the two countries. He scored 63 in the first innings of the first Test at Melbourne in 1877, a match the Aussies won by 45 runs.


8 Nov 10


The 203rd Lymington Cricket Club AGM is to be held on Friday November 26th at The Walhampton Arms for 7.30pm. We would encourage all members to support this meeting as it is your chance to have a say in the running of the Club.

New Forest Indoor League Division 1- Lymington v Pylewell Park

Lymington won the toss and inserted Pylewell. Unfortunately one of Lymington's players was running late so for the first three overs they fielded with only 5 players.

In those three overs Pylewell got off to a flier with S Gates and M Stirling moving the score onto 33. However Josh Bowering who got considerable lift off the new mat snared Stirling (11) into the safe hands of Cameron Grierson.

This brought 17 year old Sam Holman (14) to the crease who added 41 with Gates before the injury free Adie Hunt (2-18) induced a mistake by Holman which was taken by the outstanding wicket keeper Kieran Moors.

With Grierson bowling tightly; the Lymington fielders were stopping everything and with Hunt snaffling Scriven (3) caught by Grierson, Lymington were squeezing and Pylewell had no answer.

Josh Bowering (2-27) was reintroduced into the attack and immediately had Woolgar (1) caught by Moors. S Gates (33) returned having retired but the pace and lift from Josh Thacker (2-24) had him caught off his glove by Moors and then the very next ball the same combination accounted for Ashby (4).

This left Lymington requiring 94 to win and with the words of captain Thacker Senior stating “we only need less than 8 an over so don't to do anything stupid” he was rather surprised to find Lymington had lost the first two wickets for 11 runs inside the first two overs.

This brought together Adie Hunt who has not played for 18 months due to injury and captain, Mark Thacker who only ever gets wheeled out once a year. With Woolgar almost impossible to play it was necessary to play a patient game.

Hunt was especially brutal on Stirling by hitting him for consecutive sixes whilst Thacker played the supporting role. Hunt (25no) retired which brought Kieran Moors to the crease and he helped Thacker take the score along to 79 with three overs to go before he was bowled by Stirling.

With 13 balls left Lymington needed 9 to win when Mark Thacker called for a quick single and unfortunately ran Bowring out. However this left Thacker facing the impressive Woolgar in his last over. Thacker (18no) and Lymington were not to be denied with Thacker hit the winning runs with a straight drive for four.

4 Oct 10

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13 Sep 10

It's the Pixi Show!

Lymington 267-5 v Sparsholt 242-10

Lymington's final match was a personal triumph for Nicky Elliott who almost matched Morgan Rushbrook 's epic feat of scoring a hundred and taking five wickets in the same match. Pixi registered his first hundred for Lymington after he was asked to open by Hugo Ambrose at Sparsholt on a lovely autumnal day. Pixi scored his runs either side of the wicket and looked in complete control as Lymington amassed 267 in their allotted 35 overs. Useful contributions from Hugo Ambrose 36, Lee Moors 28 and Peter Tapper 28 ensured a healthy total.

In reply Sparsholt made a determined effort to go for the runs but three catches by Pixi plus his four wickets with support from Peter Tapper with 3-36 resulted in Lymington winning by 24 runs with the final wicket going to Hugo Ambrose. However this match will be remembered for a fantastic performance by Pixi who also became one of the youngest centurions for Lymington in senior cricket.

Going indoors

Our season now moves onto the NFIL at Priestlands with Mark Thacker acting as manager. If you are interested in playing please contact Mark on 07970 859301 or by email on


Morgan is the Cricketer of the Month prize for August

Morgan Rushbrook's heroic efforts last weekend in keeping Lymington in the ECB Southern Electric Premier League have earned the all-rounder the sponsor's Cricketer of the Month prize for August. Rushbrook, pictured, played the major role, hitting 115 before taking 5-46 to guide Lymington to a dramatic one-run win over title winners Bournemouth - a result which kept the New Forest side up and sent Ventnor down. Rushbrook, who is to spend the winter playing and coaching in Melbourne, scored 713 runs this summer - finishing second to Tom Morton - and took 21 wickets.
New Milton all-rounder Eric Linge is Division 2 Player of the Month, with Tichborne Park's Brenton Edwards the SPL3 winner.

Last day drama revives memories of 1985
It would be hard to think of a more exciting conclusion to a season than the one Lymington played out on on the final day of this season at Chapelgate. However, a quarter of a century ago - almost to the day - Lymington were involved in an equally nailbiting last-day drama. Ironically enough, that match was also against Bournemouth - albeit at Bournemouth's old ground at Kinson.

The final match of the 1985 season saw Lymington needing just eight points to secure their second Southern League title in three years. All seemed to be going to plan as the home side were dismissed for 159, the tenth wicket falling off the final ball of the innings when Neil Trestrail dismissed Paul Garlic. Quite how crucial that final wicket would be would only become clear later. Lymo then cruised to 142-3, but with victory and the title within their sights things started to go badly wrong. The final seven wickets fell for the addition of just 12 runs as Lymo were bowled out for 154. At the end of the match Lymington believed they had only gleaned seven bonus points, and with nearest rivals Trojans gaining maximum points from their final fixture, assumed that the title had been lost. However, for some strange reason Lymington had forgotten to include the extra bonus point that fielding sides received in those days for bowling a team out. So when the league tables were hastily recalculated on Mike Vimpany's state-of-the-art Woolworths pocket calculator, Lymington had in fact pipped Trojans by 0.14 of a point. Incredibly, Trojans had also neglected to include Lymington's extra bonus point in their calculations, and their title celebrations were well under way before they discovered their mistake. Lymington's captain on that dramatic day was Guy Hayward. He said, "I don't remember too much about the game itself, but what I will never forget is finding out after the game that we were victorious, and then phoning up Trojans' captain Trevor Williams to tell him that we were the champions! They had clearly thought they had won as I could hear champagne corks popping and much revelry in the background. Never count your chickens, as they say!"

1985 Winners
1985 title winners Lymington crack open the champagne at Bournemouth

Lymington CC Golf Tournament
This year's Lymington CC golf day takes place on Thursday 23rd September in the magnificent surrounds of Brokenhurst Golf Club. The day starts with coffee on arrival at 11am, followed by
a singles stableford championship, and concludes with a two-course dinner and the presentation of the highly prized Lymington Cricket Club Singles Trophy. The cost is just £40, and places can be reserved by contacting David Coles on 07764 656041 or via As there is a maximum of 24 places available please get in touch with Dave asap if you wish to play.

Pickle Bennett
Roy 'Pickle' Bennett has sadly died after a long illness. Although Pickle was probably better known for his exploits with the Elite, he played a fair number of midweek friendlies for Lymington, often bamboozling opposition batsmen with his unusual lobbed deliveries which occasionally struggled to make it to the other end of the pitch. Pickle, who had been a very talented water polo player as a youngster, had an unusual method of honing his bowling technique - he would spend hours in the nets bowling at a shoe strategically placed on a length. He also had a highly memorable way of stopping the ball whilst fielding. Rather than using his hands, Pickle would invariably stick out a leg and stop it with his shins. This often brought winces from the opposition players who, unlike his team-mates, were unaware that Pickle always wore football shinpads under his whites! Pickle's proudest moment at the Sports Ground came on the day that Hampshire Over 50s needed a replacement fielder. Pickle, who had been spectating, was only too pleased to oblige, and for a long while after reminded everyone about "the time I played for Hampshire". The accompanying photo shows Pickle being presented with a Hampshire cap by MCC member Mike Halliwell. Lymington CC sends its condolences to wife Patsy and family. The funeral is at 11am on Thursday 2nd September at Woodside Church, followed later by a gathering at Pennington Social Club.

Pickle Bennett

3 Sep 10

Captain Fantastic inspires the greatest escape

Against all the odds Lymington have avoided relegation from Southern Electric Premier League Division One in the most dramatic fashion. Their thrilling one run win at champions Bournemouth, coupled with Ventnor's defeat by Alton, means that the Islanders drop into Division Two instead. Lymington's win at Chapelgate was almost entirely down to captain Morgan Rushbrook who produced what Chairman Peter Tapper later described as the finest ever individual performance in the history of the club, scoring a brilliant century before taking five wickets and holding on to a superb catch. Rushbrook's 115 underpinned Lymo's 228-8, although there were also important contributions from Glyn Treagus and Wahid Khan. Bournemouth, who were later presented with the SPL winners trophy, slumped to 40-4 in reply, but rallied well to put the match on a knife-edge. They ultimately required three runs from Simon Beetham's final ball of the match, but could achieve just the one as Tommy Barton's accurate throw from the deep saw Bournemouth's last man run out, giving the jubilant Lymo side a nerve jangling one run victory.

Captain Fantastic Pull!
Morgan pulls his way to a 115

Of course, Lymington's victory would have been in vain had it not been for Alton's win at Ventnor. The tea-time newsflash that Alton had amassed a mighty 333-3 certainly gave Lymo a major boost and it meant that Lymington's fortunes were effectively in their own hands. After the match captain Rushbrook, whose century took him past 700 runs for the season, revealed that he had genuinely believed that Lymington could pull off a huge shock and beat the champions; his big concern had been whether Alton could defeat Ventnor. "It was a relief when we heard Alton had scored 330 at tea... we knew then we had a good chance of staying up," he said. Reflecting on his own achievements he added, "It was my best performance for Lymington and the most pleasing thing was that it came in such an important fixture". Chairman Tapper, who had watched the drama unfold at Chapelgate, couldn't praise his captain enough. "In my time with the club I can't recall a better individual performance... not even some of my own!" He went on to suggest, lightheartedly, that "Morgan be given the freedom of Lymington. And the Alton players too, for that matter!"

In an often traumatic season for Lymington First XI, Morgan has been an absolute rock, always leading from the front and getting on with the job in his quiet and unassuming manner despite the weekly selection headaches and poor results. The younger players have unquestionably benefitted from Morgan's excellent coaching techniques and this bodes well as Lymington ponder how to avoid such last-day dramas in future seasons. Morgan jets off to Australia in a couple of weeks to spend the winter as player/coach in Melbourne club cricket. Everyone at Lymington wishes him all the best.

And the Seconds get promotion!

There were yet more celebrations at the Sports Ground where Lymington Second XI secured a return to Hants Division One thanks to their seven wicket win over promotion rivals Hook & Newnham. 13 year old Felix Ambrose ended his amazing season with 5-47 as the visitors were restricted to 199-9. Neil Trestrail (88no), Geoff Webber (40), Ambrose (19) and Jamie Harvey (32no) saw Lymington home with four overs to spare. It was a particularly sweet moment for club captain Trestrail who had been skipper of the Second XI during their relegation season two years ago - a ignominious time that Neil describes as the darkest hour in his long association with Lymington CC. Congratulations go to current team captain Simon Naylor who, like Morgan, has led from the front and marshaled his troops well throughout the campaign. Report.

Seconds celebrate
The Seconds celebrate promotion

Finally, spare a thought for poor Lee Moors and his Third XI. Deprived of the chance of playing his team's final, potentially promotion-clinching match of the season due to Southampton City Council's harsh decision to call off their Sports Centre fixture against Southampton Travellers, Lee then discovered that Lymington had been overtaken at the eleventh hour by both Highfield and Exbury. Despite the disappointment, Lee deserves much credit for the way he has organised and captained the team in its first season back in HCL South West III

Development Fund Winners
While Lymington were celebrating SPL survival, it was also a successful night for colts' parent Gordon Doggett who scooped the £100 first prize in the final Development Fund draw of the summer - and this after he had won £50 in the July draw! Hannah Thorp won the £50 second prize this time round, while current Western Australian spinner Aaron Heal took the £25 third prize (which the club has offered to round it up to 30 quid if he agrees to be Lymington's overseas player for 2011!). Thanks to everyone who took part in this years Fund.

The King of the Sloggers immortalised in song on his 60th birthday!
Club Chairman Peter Tapper celebrated his 60th birthday (70th if you believe some of the cards!) recently with a bash at the clubhouse. The large gathering, lured by the rumour that Taps was offering free drinks for everyone, partied long into the night as Taps described some of his most memorable - and less-than-memorable - moments in his 27 years with Lymington Cricket Club. Highpoint was his six-strewn match-winning century against his old foes from Bashley in the Presidents Cup semi-final. The lowpoint followed shortly after when he was dropped for the final! Taps also named his all-time greatest Lymington XI, modestly including himself, naturally! Jason Noble performed a fine selection of songs, including a fantastic interpretation of 'The King of the Swingers' from the Jungle Book, with the lyrics especially adapted for the occasion. Click here to see Jason's performance.

23 Aug 10

Win or bust this weekend for all three Lymington sides
Saturday's dismal weather has set up a fascinating finale to the season with all three of Lymington's league sides facing crucial do-or-die battles this coming weekend.

Having seen the rain bring about a premature end to their penultimate SPL1 match against Havant, Lymo First XI now know that to avoid relegation they must turn around a six-and-a-half-point deficit on fellow strugglers Ventnor. Realistically, this means they must win at newly-crowned champions Bournemouth and hope that the Islanders lose at home to Alton. Report

The Second XI's match at Hythe & Dibden was cancelled, meaning that if Simon Naylor's team beat Hook & Newnham in their final game this week they will almost certainly be promoted to Hants County Division One.

The Third XI braved the conditions at Woodside, but ended up losing by 5 wickets against Highfield despite Peter Tapper, on his 60th birthday, scoring 40 runs and taking three wickets. Lee Moors' side can still achieve promotion but they will need to beat Southampton Travellers and hope that Exbury lose to Bransgore.

Come Saturday night the clubhouse could be a very lively - or depressed - place to be!

Adie back with a bang!
Adie Hunt celebrated his return to action after more than a year out by hitting a half century as Lymington tied with the President's XI at a soggy Sports Ground. It was a thrilling end to the annual President's Day fixture which had been reduced to a 20 overs-a-side match due to rain. Scotty Tapper (74no), Nick Jenkin (41) and Jon Hardy (30no) helped the President's men to 192-1. Some lusty blows from Morgan Rushbrook and Hunt brought Lymo close to victory before Josh Dunkley was run out off the final ball of the match attempting to complete what would have been the winning run. The large invited gathering not only enjoyed the exciting finish to the match, but also the copious amounts of Pimms generously supplied by President Brian Hobby, not to mention the excellent buffet supplied by the Wendy Woo Catering Corporation.

19 Aug 10

Great Escape still on!

Lymington's hopes of avoiding the drop from Southern Electric Premier League Division 1 received a boost even though their match at South Wilts was abandoned before a result could be achieved. Relegation rivals Ventnor picked up just 5 points as they fell to a 113 run defeat against the Hampshire Academy in one of only two SPL matches to beat the rain. Lymo now effectively trail the Islanders by just 6.5 points with two matches remaining, although Lymington do face the trickier run-in with a home fixture against 2009 champions Havant this Saturday followed by a final day visit to probable 2010 champions Bournemouth. Whether Saturday's downpour saved or hindered Lymington is open to debate. Their total of 157-6 in 33 overs (Cameron Grierson 40no) looked like being insufficient, but Lymo then took three wickets to leave South Wilts on 35-3 when the rains finally forced an end to the day's play. report

There's still all to play for for Lymington Second and Third XIs. Marty Hunt's five wicket haul helped the Seconds dismiss Bramshaw for 149 before the Southern Hemisphere duo of Geoff Webber (68no) and Damian Edwards (63no) saw Lymington home to a nine wicket win, a victory which keeps the team in fourth place in Hants Division 2.

Similarly, the Third XI consolidated their fourth place spot in South West Division Three with a thumping win at soggy Balmer Lawn where Jack Brennan (49) and Scott Tapper (48) guided Lymo to 219-9. Josh Bowring and Peter Tapper then took three wickets apiece as Brockenhurst were bowled out for 107. report

11 Aug 10

A win at last!
Lymington First XI threw themselves a survival lifeline with a desperately overdue 4 wicket win over Ventnor at the Sports Ground. Simon Beetham took three wickets as Lymo restricted the Islanders to 215-8, a total subsequently reduced to 207 following a rain delay. Tommy Barton (59) and Morgan Rusbrook (33) gave Lymington's reply a sound start, and although there was a familiar mid-innings wobble, important cameos from Cameron Grierson, Wahid Khan and Christian Pain saw Lymington home with nine balls to spare. It was Lymo's first victory since May 15th and gives Morgan Rushbrook's young side renewed hope of avoiding relegation as the season enters the final three weeks. Report.
The Second XI made the long trip to Hungerford and came away with a fine 6 wicket victory. Chasing the home side's 249-4 (reduced to 223 following rain), Lymo cruised home with more than two of their allotted 40 overs to spare. Neil Trestrail (71) and Geoff Webber (38) top scored for Lymo, although the star performance came from 13 year old debutante Felix Ambrose who scored 30 runs and dismissed Hungerford's overseas player. Report.
The Third XI's promotion hopes suffered a setback at Woodside where they fell to a 25 run defeat against Exbury. But the match was overshadowed by a sickening injury to veteran strike bowler Luigi Di Maria who dislocated his kneecap and badly damaged ligaments. After a long delay, the stricken Italian was taken by ambulance to Southampton General where three unsuccessful attempts were made to pop the kneecap back into place before it was decided to operate under general anaesthetic. Lymington Cricket Club extends its best wishes to Lui for a speedy recovery.

4 Aug 10

Same old story
Lymington face a must-win showdown with Ventnor this Saturday after suffering yet another defeat at Alton. Once again Lymington wasted a golden opportunity after Morgan Rushbrook (52) and Nick McMurray (43) had helped them to a promising 116-2 in the morning session. But a familiar batting collapse saw Lymo eventually dismissed for 176 with only Simon King (34) putting up any resistance of note. Ryan Hale set Alton on their way to victory with a half century, and the home side reached their target for the loss of 5 wickets. report

Simon Naylor's promotion chasing Second XI narrowly lost out in a high scoring encounter at the Sports Ground. Replying to Idlers' 257-6, Lymington fell just 8 runs short despite the best efforts of Damian Edwards (79) and Mark Newton (66).

There were cows, ponies and plenty of mongooses on show at picturesque Minstead where Lymington Third XI defeated Paultons by 69 runs. Peter Tapper (69) and Louis Ambrose (42) helped Lymo amass 226-9 before captain Lee Moors took a career-best 4-18 to keep his side's promotion challenge well on track. report

A rare off-side shot from Chairman Tapper

Luigi Di Maria unveils the Italian version of the Mongoose at Minstead

13 year old Felix Ambrose came agonisingly close to scoring a remarkable century on Sunday during the 16th playing of the annual Brian Rickman memorial match at the Sports Ground. The Hampshire colt was dismissed on 96 as Lymo scored 233-7, a total well beyond the reach of The Elite who never recovered once Mikey Brown had bounced-out openers Meg Gannaway and Steve Coltman in a lively opening burst.

Cricket Skills week this month

Morgan Rushbrook first team captain and coach is running a cricket skills week for 7 to 13 year olds from the 9th until the 13th of August, full details available here.

29 Jul 10

Lymington in deep trouble after derby defeat
Lymington suffered one of their most demoralising defeats in recent years as they were beaten by 6 wickets by local rivals Bashley at the Sports Ground. The result leaves Lymington in serious trouble at the foot of the table with just five matches remaining, and ironically came after Lymo had rattled up 273 runs - their highest score of the season. But even this total wasn't enough as Richard Morris (103no) and Neil Thurgood (88) helped the jubilant visitors cruise home with plenty of overs to spare. The result was particularly hard on Morgan Rushbrook who, for the second time in just over a fortnight, scored a superb century but finished on the losing side. Lymington, who have now won just one of their last 17 time-pennant matches, now face a mountain to climb if they are to retain their SPL Division One status. report

Elsewhere, Lymington Seconds' promotion hopes took a knock as they were thrashed by 9 wickets at Langley Manor. Report.

Fortunately, there was better news down at Woodside where Tim Noble added his name to the growing list of Third XI players knocking on the Second XI captain's door. He hit 91 as Lee Moors' men defeated Beaulieu by 74 runs to lift themselves up to third place in HCL South West Divison Three. Report

Quigley inspires Under 13s to play-off glory!
Joe Quigley produced a fine all-round performance to help Lymington Under 13s to an 8 wicket victory over OTs & Romsey in the New Forest Colts play-off finals at Cranbourne. The promising wicketkeeper cast aside his gloves to take two wickets as OTs were restricted to 71-6, before retiring unbeaten on 30 as Lymo cruised home in just 13 overs. Sadly, Lymington Under 11b team was defeated by Hyde in the Under 11 play-off, although just making it to the play-off final was an incredible achievement for a 'B' team.
Once again, it has been a tremendous season for the colts section with all the teams combined losing just a handful of matches all summer. Thanks are due to all the organisers, coaches and managers, without whom none of this success would be possible.

ESPN brings back unwanted memories!
Anyone watching the T20 match from Barbados between the Leeward Islands and Trinadad & Tobago on ESPN last Sunday may have spotted a familiar face among the Leewards' side. Their captain - Wildon Cornwall - was the West Indian all-rounder who inspired Havant to a crushing 10 wicket win over Lymington in the Echo Trophy final at the old Hampshire County Ground back in 1997. Then, as an athletic 24 year old, Cornwall was a lightening quick bowler and big hitting opening batsman. He whipped out the Lymo top order that day - including the future Lymington chairman who (briefly) opened the innings - before guiding Havant home in record time with the bat. Cornwall later memorably admitted his surprise that Lymington "had opened with the old guy!", much to Taps' eternal chagrin! Thirteen years on and the rather portlier Cornwall is still merrily smashing huge sixes in the Caribbean, although his bowling looked a tad more pedestrian than it did back then at Northlands Road. Although he took the wicket of Danesh Ramdin, he couldn't prevent his side losing by 5 wickets to a Trinidad side for whom the explosive Kieron Pollard smashed a rapid half century.

22 Jul 10

Double Rose Bowl heartbreak for Lymington youngsters

Lymington youngsters Josh Thacker and Pixie Elliott were left devastated on Saturday evening as their heroic last wicket stand just failed to give the First XI a much needed victory against the Academy on the Rose Bowl Nursery Ground. The two 16 year olds came together with Lymo on the brink of defeat but bravely added 35 before Pixie hit his own wicket with just 2 runs needed for victory. The defeat leaves Lymington rooted to the foot of the table, although the fast-improving batting form of Tommy Barton (46) and Nic McMurray (44), not to mention the guts and determination shown by Josh and Pixie, will at least give captain Morgan Rushbrook some cause for optimism in the coming weeks. report

48 hours later there was more Rose Bowl heartache for Lymington as the Under 11s were defeated by 4 wickets in the final of the Hampshire Club Championship. After a poor start to their innings Lymington rallied through Finn Ambrose and Asa Drodge to set opponents St Cross a victory target of 79. Like Lymo, St Cross lost three early wickets but recovered to win the match with four wickets and plenty of overs to spare. report

Elsewhere last Saturday, the Second XI got back to winning ways with a convincing 138 run victory over near neighbours Pylewell Park. Geoff Webber notched up his second century of the season and Damian Edwards scored 56 as Lymington totalled 231. Struggling Pylewell mustered just 93 in reply with Marty Hunt taking 4-10.

Meanwhile, a little piece of Lymington history was made at Hunts Farm where the Third XI smashed OTs & Romsey by 158 runs. Hugo Ambrose (100) and 13 year old son Felix (60) almost certainly became the first father and son combination to score a century and half century in the same match for Lymington. Romsey were dismissed for just 111 in reply. Report

Keeping it in the family - record breakers Hugo and Felix Ambrose


Arthur McIntyre and Lymington Cricket Club- a 30 year association, more

18 Jul 10

From last week

The Firsts take a battering from Totton and Eling, report

The youngsters shine in a close match with Ropley, report

Camelot overpowered by the rampaging Thirds, report

President Trophy Final

Morgan scores a ton but Lymo still lose in the final to New Milton. Report

9 Jul 10

Late resistance in vain as Lymo lose again
Lymington slumped to their seventh defeat of the season following a 130 run mauling at the hands of St Cross at the Sports Ground. Charlie Essen's century underpinned the visitors' formidable 286-7, a total well beyond the reach of Lymington who nosedived to 80-8 before tailenders Tim Robertson (27), Simon Beetham and Josh Thacker salvaged a modicom of dignity with a battling rearguard action which was eventually ended just 20 minutes or so short of the scheduled finish time. Hampshire's David Griffiths became the latest in a long line of First Class cricketers to play for Lymington. The nippy opening bowler showed good pace as he continued his recovery from the pelvic injury which had sadly curtailed his tremendous start to the season for the county. Report.

There was better news from the Second and Third XIs. Nick Elliott (4-33) and the hobbling Mark Newton (70) were the stars at Hursley Park where the Seconds cruised to a 5 wicket win. Report

Meanwhile down at Woodside Geoff Webber smashed a maiden Lymington century as the Thirds beat Langley Manor by 101 runs. Webber was ably supported by Tim Noble (63) who showed no lasting effect from his nasty collision with Matt Molly at Hythe last Monday. Molloy sadly wasn't so lucky, suffering a multiple fracture of his knuckle and the club sends its best wishes to Matt for a speedy recovery. Report.

Development Fund Winners!
The drinks were most definitely on Christian Pain who scooped the £100 first prize in the June Development Fund draw. Second prize (£50) went to Peter Tapper, while Guy Hayward snared his second consecutive £25 for third place. The other winners for May were Eva Evans (£100) and David Heppenstall (£50).

29 Jun 10

Lymo v Bournemouth


Lymo v Sarisbury Athletic


Lymo v Parley


22 Jun 10

Captain Fantastic guides Second XI home
Captain Simon Naylor was the hero of the week as his Lymington 2nd XI pulled off a remarkable four wicket victory over high-flying Old Basing at the Sports Ground. Chasing the visitors' imposing 288, Naylor flayed 58 off just 22 balls to set up a thrilling finish which saw Adam Darbyshire smash a straight six to win the match with a ball to spare. Jamie Harvey had earlier set Lymo on their way with a superb 96. Report

Jamie Harvey on his way to superb 96

Elsewhere, the First and Third XIs both slipped to disappointing defeats on the road. The Firsts totalled 175 at Havant thanks to Christian Pain (36) and Simon Beetham (27), but the home side cruised home to a seven wicket victory with Ben Walker scoring a century.

The Thirds will want to forget their trip to Bashley where they conceded 234 before being dismissed for just 148.

Old rivals to meet in Presidents Cup final
Lymington will meet old foes New Milton in the Presidents Cup final at Bashley on Friday July 9th. Holders Lymo booked their place in the final with a comfortable semi-final victory over Langley Manor while Milton - unbeaten in SPL Division 2 so far this season - saw off Fawley. It will be Lymington's eighth trip to the final, with all but one of those appearances ending in victory. Report

14 Jun 10

Batsmen rescue butterfingers Lymington

A battling rearguard action from Glyn Treagus (81no) and Morgan Rushbrook (60) ensured a second consecutive draw for Lymington who totalled 206-4 in reply to South Wilts' huge 286-7 (Rushbrook 3-51). It might have been a different story had Lymo not spilled a host of catches after reducing the visitors to 8-2. Report.

Captain Rushbrook digs Lymo out of a hole

Meanwhile, Lymington's youth policy appears to be paying off as a fledgling Second XI won a last ball thriller at Portsmouth. Tim Beer top scored with 30 as Lymo scored 226-8 before the home side were restricted to 223-9. Neil Trestrail, almost as old as the rest of the team combined, was the unlikely hero with the ball, casting aside his zimmer frame to snare five match-winning wickets.

A fitting tribute for Bob

Friends, former team-mates and umpiring colleagues of the late Bob Iles gathered at Lymington Sports Ground for a special match to celebrate the life of the hugely popular character who tragically died of a heart attack on Christmas Day. More.

8 Jun 10

Clean Sweep, well nearly...

Wins for the Seconds and Thirds and a winning draw for the First team against old rivals Ventnor.

1 Jun 10

Understrength first team go down to Alton

match report

Presidents Trophy - Lymo through, just

match report

25 May 10

First fifty for McMurray can't prevent derby day defeat
A maiden half century from Aussie Nic McMurray wasn't enough to save Lymington from a 19 run defeat at Bashley. Chasing Bash's 245-5, Lymo lost early wickets but rallied through McMurray (65). Simon Beetham (35) and Ollie Kelly (27) put up some tail-end resistance but it was all to no avail as Bashley registerd their first win of the season. match report
It was a similar story at the Sports Ground where Lymington Seconds fell 12 runs short in their run chase against Cadnam. Tim Roberston's swashbuckling 53 almost pulled off a remarkable comeback for Lymo who had subsided badly in pursuit of the visitor's 209-7. The match was tarnished by a nasty head injury to bowler Martin Gregory who was struck by the ball in his follow-through and was taken to Southampton General as a precaution. match report
There was better news from Burley where Christian Pain struck a rapid 71 as Lymo Third XI overhauled the home side's 191.
match report


Aaron back on familiar ground
Former Lymington overseas player Aaron Heal recently dropped in to the Sports Ground to catch up with his old clubmates. Since playing for Lymo back in 2002, Aaron has become an established first class cricketer with Western Australia and even made the preliminary Aussie squad for the last World Twenty20 tournament. He is currently the club professional at Lancashire League side Lowerhouse, and took advantage of a rare free Saturday to show girlfriend Sam the delights of the New Forest. Sadly, despite protracted negotiations that went on long into the night at Rivaaz Indian Restaurant, Lymington's Third XI captain Lee Moors was unable to persuade Aaron to turn out for his team's crunch Hampshire League Regional South West Division Three derby match against Pylewell Park Second XI the following day. A philosophical Moors later reflected, "to be fair, he wouldn't have batted in the top six, but he could have been a useful bowling back-up if the Chris Noble's gout had flared up again."


Bob Iles Memorial Match - Sunday June 6th

Plans are well underway for the Bob Iles Memorial Match at the Sports Ground on Sunday June 6th when a Lymington side, captained by Tony Thorp, will take on a Select XI skippered by Bashley's Shaun Lilley. The fixture, in honour of the Lymington legend who tragically died of a heart attack on Christmas Day last year, has attracted interest from far and wide with current and former players and umpires queing up to take part in the match. Among the first to offer their services was former Australian Test bowler Simon Cook who will come out of retirement specially for the match. The match starts at 2pm and the bar will naturally be open all day and probably most of the night!

!In honour of the great man, Lymington have fittingly produced their own lager brand - 'Lager than Life'. The drink has so far proved hugely popular with club members and on June 6th it is planned to donate a percentage of its sales to the British Heart Foundation.

There has already been one event held in memory of Bob - a darts tournament organised by the Lymington & District Darts League at Sway Club on May 3rd. Bob was a highly accomplished darts player by all accounts, representing Southampton in the Hampshire Super League and Brockenhurst FC at various times. Around a dozen teams entered the competition, including one from Lymington Cricket Club. After getting a bye to the quarter finals, Lymington then defeated the Foresters B team (although Lymo's caused was helped considerably by the fact that one or two of the opposition had been enjoying Sway Club's hospitality so much that they could hardly stand up, let alone throw a dart). So, a team of non-darts players (Eddie Freeman excepted) had somehow made it to the semi-finals of a darts tournament! Sadly, there was to be no fairy tale ending as eventual winners Sway A then thrashed Lymo by two legs to nil. Despite this, great fun was had by all and more than £200 was raised for the British Heart Foundation. The Lymington team consisted of Eddie and Laura Freeman, Peter Tapper, Meg Gannaway and Trevor Phillips.
As a footnote, the BDO have since announced that they will be investigating the legitimacy of Peter Tapper's unique 'front-on' throwing action.


20 May 10

Cleansweep for Lymo!
Lymington First XI have registered their first win of the season, sweeping aside the Hampshire Academy by 8 wickets at the Sports Ground. Having dismissed the County youngsters for just 95, captain Morgan Rushbrook hit a fine half century as Lymo romped to victory. Match report

Neil Trestrail scored an unbeaten 60 as the Second XI successfully chased down 122 to record a seven wicket victory at Purbrook. match report

Meanwhile, Lee Moors' Third XI completed the full house by defeating Pylewell Park by 30 runs at Woodside.
match report

Lymo through the 1st round of President Trophy

match report

Lymo also win the 1st round of the Stone cup

match report

11 May 10

First and Third teams given a battering by Totton & Eling but the Second team get their season off to a winning start

1st team match report

2nd team match report

3rd team match report

8 May 10 Club Handbook (PDF)
2 May 10

Firsts go down at a soggy St Cross

Match Report

This Seasons Fixtures

The website is being updated with this seasons fixtures, all should be posted over the next week. If you spot any errors please let me know, there will probably be some...

25 Apr 10

New Season News and Ambitions

Lymington Cricket Club are very optimistic that they can improve on last year's successful return to the Southern Electric Premier League Division 1. This year sees Morgan Rushbrook take up the reins of captaincy with Glyn Treagus as his deputy, as Christian Pain has had to stand down due to work commitments. Subject to the volcanic restrictions our overseas player should be Nick McMurray from Sydney Cricket Club. Nick who is 19 has played level Grade 1 and is a spin bowler/batsman and athletic fielder. We have not lost any players and Mr Khan a leg spinner from Andover has also joined our spin department . Several younger players have a golden chance to shine including Tommy Barton & Cameron Grierson. Defence of the prestigious 20/20 trophy starts with a home cup tie against Andover and we are defending the President's Cup. An area of improvement to target is the all day cricket. Last year we finished bottom and it needs a new approach. Batting out the over's is a must in this form of cricket. The season starts with a 100 over match at St Cross which will determine the shape of the season followed by Totton & Eling at the Sports Ground on May 8th.

The 2nd X1 is also under new management with Simon Naylor & Jim Stevenson taking over the captaincy roles. The priority is to regain Division 1 status in the Hampshire Cricket League so that it narrows the playing gap between our first & second teams. Plenty of players available although the bowling department needs an injection of pace. The 3rd X1 under Lee Moors will be challenging for honours in RDSW Division 3. Several promising youngsters excluding Peter Tapper are pushing for promotion to our 2nd X1. Last year they won Division 4 by a canter & no pressure on Lee but a repeat performance would be ideal. There are plenty of Sunday and mid-week games in addition to the Saturday league programme.

Our Colts section is very active under the astute leadership of Lee & Julie Moors. We run U-9's up to U-15's and plenty of cricket for budding cricketers. The Club was awarded ClubMark three years ago which signifies that our Club is a safe and friendly place to train our youngsters under the guidance of several qualified ECB Coaches. In addition Cameron Grierson visits several local schools under the Chance 2Shine project introducing cricket to a new young mixed audience. Training for the kids is on Monday nights at 6.30pm starting on May 3rd and the seniors is on Tuesdays at the same time.

Off the field the usual Development Fund is in place with Trevor Phillips in charge. New sightscreens are being built by Lee Moor and a commemorative lager to be named ”Larger than Life” will be served in memory of the late great Bob Iles. If you would like to join our Club please contact Peter Tapper on 01590 674660. Spectators are more than welcome to the Sports Ground and Woodside.


20 Mar 10

Young Lymington Finish Strongly

Lymington put the gloss on a very encouraging indoor season when victory over Hythe and Dibden put them in the final of the indoor cup competition. Excluding the skipper, Lymington boasted an average age of just 17 and yet surprised many by complementing their cup run with an excellent 3rd placed finish in the league.

Finals day saw Lymington faced with Hythe and Dibden in the second semi. The side already knew that victory would pitch them up against Paultons who beat Bashley in the other side of the draw. Winning the toss and batting first, Lymington made a good start, and gradually accelerated to post a useful 157 off 12 overs. Naylor 45 no and Grierson 41 no doing much of the damage in the final overs. Hythe started well, but good bowling from Elliott 1-36, Bowring 0-13 and Grierson 0-15 pegged them back, and despite a spirited reply, Lymington held their nerve to record a memorable victory over far more experienced opposition by 17 runs.

Full of confidence going into the final, the young side were thwarted by some excellent new ball bowling. Paultons Southern Electric Silver quality shone through, with Lymington dismissed cheaply for 65. Defeat inevitably followed. However, Lymington will reflect on a very creditable season. Finishing 3rd in the league, and a cup final appearance was an excellent result. Everyone concerned looks forward to the season proper with plenty of optimism.


Lymo Clothes and Equipment available for purchase online from Cricket-Hockey

Click on Cricket-Hockey here to order your gear online. Peter Tapper says: "This should be very helpful for our members and save the club money".

21 Feb 10

Spring Golf Day

Here is the info for the twelfth Lymington Cricket Club Golf day.

LCC Golf March 2010.doc

Any help you can give in entering a team, sponsoring a hole or passing the entry form to anybody who might potentially put a team in would be appreciated.

Please let Dave Coles ( know as soon as possible of your intention to enter a team as it will great assist organisation.

28 Jan 10

Club Dinner

I am delighted to announce that Shaun Udal, currently Captain of Middlesex and formerly of Hampshire and England is our guest speaker for our annual Dinner at The Walhampton Arms on Friday 19th March. Details will be emailed at a later date. We will be restricted to 80 places so please respond early.

The Annual Corporate Golf Day

David Coles is pleased to announce that this important fund raising event will be held at Barton on Sea Golf Club on Wednesday April 14th . If you want to contact David please email on Details will be sent out at a later date.

Lymington Record Back To Back Wins

Lymington's young indoor team continue to impress after back to back wins secured a cup semi final place, and a mid table league position. Last week Bransgore were beaten by 26 runs as Lymington recorded 167 for three with Simon Naylor 45, Neil Trestrail 33 and Josh Thacker 32 all not out at the end. The youthful all rounder Luigi Di Maria retired 26 with the bat and then bowled tightly to restrict Bransgore to 142. Lymington roll on in the cup, and now look forward to finals day on the 7th March and a tie with Hythe and Dibden.

Lymington then added a league victory over Fawley to the growing list of scalps this season. Batting first again, Lymington made good progress, posting a score of 143 with Grierson, Hunt, Naylor and Kieran Moors all making good contributions. The bowlers then took over, and restricted Fawley to attempting to hit the back wall with a tight display. Josh Bowring with 1 for 35 made an excellent start, with the support all contributing as Fawley ended 30 short. Excellent fielding produced three run outs. Lymington will be hoping to continue this excellent form into the crucial season run in.

3 Jan 09

Bob Iles - Obituary and Tributes from many club members past and present

Bob's funeral will be held on Tuesday 12th January at 2.30pm at the Woodlands Burial Ground, Walkford (near New Milton). All are welcome to join Joan and family after the service at Brockenhurst Football Club from 4pm.


Arthur McIntyre - RIP

Lymington Cricket Club members will be saddened to learn that Arthur McIntyre passed away at Lymington Hospital on Boxing Day. Arthur was an Honorary Member of our Club and recently held the distinction of being England's oldest living Test Cricketer (now held by Sir Alec Bedser). There will be an appreciation of Arthur's cricketing details at a later date. He was 91 years old.


When Lymington faced Lymington in a Test Match!

With England in Test series out in South Africa, it seems an opportune moment to reflect on a series between the two nations 113 years ago when, incredibly, two Lymington players faced each other on opposing sides, more

Local Hockey Player Scores For England

William Naylor (26) brother of second team captain Simon Naylor, won his first international cap against Scotland this week. William currently plays for Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club in the National Premier League. He made his national debut against Scotland at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Monday night. The former Durlston Court and King Edwards pupil had previously represented England A in an outdoor fixture earlier this year. However, this was his first senior cap for his country. Starting on the bench, William gradually got into the game, and marked a memorable occasion with a goal at the start of the second half.

Will Naylor

England started brightly going one nil up, and looking comfortable. However, an experienced Scotland side came back into the game, and eventually emerged comfortable winners. William will be hoping to add to his first International cap when the sides meet again in Scotland in two weeks time.

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Trophies 2010

None this year

Seconds promoted to County 1

Best Batting 2010

Geoff Webber 113
v Langley Manor 3 Jul

Morgan Rushbrook 100
v New Milton 9 Jul

Geoff Webber 103*
v Pylewell 17 Jul

Hugo Ambrose 100*
v OTs and Romsey 17 Jul

Morgan Rushbrook 101
v Bashley 24 Jul

Morgan Rushbrook 115
v Bournemouth 30 Aug

Nicky Elliott 105
v Sparsholt 12 Sep

Best Bowling 2010

Ollie Kelly 5 - 64
v Totton & Eling 8 May

Martin Gregory 6 - 39
v East Tytherley 8 May

J Bowring 6 - 19
v Camelot 10 Jul

Morgan Rushbrook 5  - 46
v Bournemouth 30 Aug

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