Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Hook and Newnham I 114 Lymington I 117-2
The up and down season for Lymington continued as Dan Cox starred with 6-33 to skittle out Hook and Newnham Basics for just 114. Lymington was able to field a much stronger side as players returned from injury. The winning margin of eight wickets occurred for the second time in three weeks with an 8-wicket defeat sandwiched in-between! The team now finds itself in mid-table again.
True to this season’s form Lymington captain Terry Crabb again lost the toss and the opposition chose to bat on a breezy afternoon on a good hard pitch at King George V Playing Field. This seemed a wise decision by opposition captain Josh Buckingham as Hook chased to 68 that included eleven fours given the fast outfield thanks to Ben Thane (35) and Harry Warner (29). But then the collapse as eight wickets fell for just 21 runs in as many as 17 overs, including six maidens on the trot, as spinner Dan Cox in a 16.5 over spell and opener bowler James Hartshorn (3-33) ripped through the batting. Terry Crabb took two catches in the slips with Josh Royan getting one and Ali Wheble, agile as always with the gloves, making a stumping. Resistance from the late order batters was brief as Lews Watts (13 not out) and Aniket Davecha (19) put on 25 for the ninth wicket before Cox finished off the tail. Guy Layman (1-32) took the other wicket while four Hook batters succumbed to ducks.
Lymington batters made light work of the reply. After picking up a groin injury in the first game of the season Ryan Scott, despite having little practice yet alone a warm up game, batted at his normal number three. He provides a backbone to the batting line up and soon found his touch and his knock included seven fours and two sixes, including one to finish the game. Josh Royan (23 not out) also found the boundary five times to partner Scott in an unbroken 50 run partnership. Before then Terry Crabb (9) had fallen to Lewis Watts (1-10) and Ben Rogers (29), in a more patient knock than normal, to Aniket Divecha (1-27). Rogers and Scott put on 49 for the second wicket. And after 23.1 overs the game was all over giving Lymington yet another early finish for the third week running as clubs have yet to come to terms with times games that allow up to 120 overs to be played in the day.
This coming Saturday the team are at home to bottom of the table Bournemouth in another timed game with a 11 am start.