As Lymington go in search of their first league title in 19 years, one of the key members of the last championship winning side of 1985 is planning to drop in to Lymington early next month to meet up with his old friends.
South African Richard McGlashan joined Lymington on Jon Hardy's recommendation after playing for Natal and the Durban Pirates. A brilliant leg-spinner, 22 year old Richard made an immediate impact, helping Lymington lift the 1985 Southern League title. He was also a hard-hitting batsman and scored the fastest Southern League fifty of that season.
Richard played 55 times for Natal, taking 179 wickets at 31.39 apiece, and he enjoyed his greatest successes under the captaincy of Australian Kim Hughes. He returned to the UK in 1986 as Workington CC's professional, although half way through the season he told Workington that he was 'going home' - and then returned to Lymington where he promptly topped the averages. The story goes that Workington's President just happened to be holidaying in the New Forest and was most surprised to walk into the Sports Ground one day to see Richard out in the middle playing for Lymington!
Now aged 39, Richard has been in touch to say that he and his family will be staying in Lymington on Saturday July 3rd, and would love to meet all his old teammates and friends at the Sports Ground. So please come along to see Richard and renew old acquaintances!