Lymington outgunned by St Cross Symondians
Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 190 St Cross Symondians I 191-2
Lymington struggled against St Cross, a club that probably has the strongest batting line up in the Premier Division. Lymington fielded a weakened team because of lack of availability of some players. A sobering eight wicket defeat was the result as the opposition batted with class that included players with Hampshire CC experience including Felix Organ starring with both bat and ball.
Lymington captain Terry Crabb finally managed to win the toss and chose to bat. He also anchored the Lymington innings with a patient knock of 66 in 102 balls in 150 minutes. After the removal of fellow opener Hugo Smith (1) Terry and Ryan Scott (40) put on 84 for the second wicket to put Lymington in a good position but it was not to last. Wickets then fell steadily often due to poor shot selection with the middle and late order having only limited success with Ben Attrill (20) and Josh Ryan (15) and Lymington were all out with one ball to go. Spinner Felix Organ (3-28) bowled tidily and was well backed up by Harry Foyle (2-41) and Harry Came (2-32).
St Cross openers got off to a stunning start putting on 123 runs for the first wicket in only 13.4 overs and effectively had won the game by the time Felix Organ (65) in only 42 balls was out to Lymington spinner Dan Cox (1-66). He hit 12 boundaries including two sixes as the Lymington attack lost its way with indifferent bowling and positive batting. Felix was ably supported by Tom Foyle who went on to finish on 87 not out including 15 fours in a 78-ball knock. Josh Royan (1-18) bowled tidily in his three over spell taking the wicket of Harry Came (23) while at least Guy Layman (0-35) in seven overs managed to put some brake on the opposition batsmen. St Cross finished the game with 22 overs to spare. Stand in keeper Hugo Smith had a good game behind the stumps.
For this coming Saturday Lymington I are away to Bournemouth with a 11.30 start and hope to field a stronger side including the return of club captain Matt Metcalfe.