End of season feel with further Lymington I defeat
Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 237-8 Alton I 238-4
There was little to play for except pride in this end of season clash with Alton at the sports ground in this bottom of the table clash that inevitably lacked atmosphere. Alton had already been relegated while Lymington were already on an end of season five match losing streak. Lymington were again forced to put out a weakened side with a long tail with players making their Premier League debut and inclusion of club president Neil Trestrail who normally plays for Hampshire over 60s.
Terry Crabb assumed the role of captain in the absence of Matt Metcalfe and on winning the toss decided to bat on an afternoon with an autumnal feel about it. Terry (29) and Henry Edwards (36) both got Lymington off to a storming start with most of their runs scored in boundaries and a six. They both then fell in quick succession on 72 with Terry lbw to Tom South (2-28) and Henry caught in the deep off Julian Ballinger (2-48). Ximus du Plooy (36) and Josh Royan (59) with another good knock having been pushed up the order put on 43 for the third wicket before Ximus was out to Tom South. Josh was then joined by Dan Cox (23) as Lymington continued to consolidate putting on 58 for the fourth wicket before Michael Salmon (3-48) started getting among the middle order starting with the removal of Dan. Stand-in wicket keeper Kieran Moors (17) playing his first game for Lymington for two years then helped ensure that Lymington got maximum batting points for only the third time this season and used up all their 50 overs for only the second time.
A weakened attack with the loss of Lymington’s two opening bowlers meant the team was always going to struggle and so it proved. Josh Royan (1-40) opened the attack and also took the first wicket of Abhay Gonella (14) but then Fletcha Middleton (57) and Daniel Harris (61) got going putting on 97 for the second wicket. Adie Hunt (1-42) playing only his second game in two seasons then managed to eventually get into his rhythm bowling tidily and bowling Fletcha. This though only heralded the arrival of Scott Myers (82 not out) who was determined not to hang about finishing the game off as he plundered 14 fours to see Alton home by six wickets. Dan Cox was the other Lymington wicket taker removing both Daniel Harris and Freddie Egleston (6).
The season has now ended for Lymington and no doubt 2022 will see further changes in the first XI with some of the players at university and others leaving the club for new pastures. Of the individual performances, overseas player Ximus du Plooy had the satisfaction of being the second highest run scorer (513 with an average of 36.64) in the Premier Division and taking 20 wickets. And Isle of Wight youngster Dan Cox had an excellent season being the joint fourth highest wicket taker (29 at 19.34) and also scored some useful runs (247 at 15.44). They both had four man-of-the-match performances during the course of the season.