New Milton’s George Watts Overpowers Lymington

Southern Premier/Division 1 West

New Milton I    150

Lymington I     123

New Milton bowler George Watts proved to be the match winner in a resumption of the local rivalry between New Milton and Lymington in last Saturday’s league fixture. On a beautiful afternoon in a lovely setting captain George Watts won the toss and elected to bat.

New Milton got off to a steady start until Toby Edwards had to retire on 19 with a knee injury. Then three wickets fell for one run to Josh Royan who at one stage had taken 3-2 before finishing on 4-31. Lee Beck (16) and Joe Hall (35) with a patient knock then steadied the innings. George Watts then chipped in with 16 but wickets fell steadily to leave New Milton on 150 all out in the last over. It was the spinners Josh Bailey (3-30) and Jude Tollerfield (3-31) who took the remaining wickets. Sharp fielding again by the Lymington youngsters and Ryan Scott with two catches helped to keep the score down.

When Lymington batted on a pitch that offered some help to the bowlers it was fast bowler George Watts who did the damage and in seven overs took 5-14 of which only 8 runs who came off the bat. At one stage Lymington had lost 4 wickets for only 37 runs before Ryan Scott, with a patient knock of 45 over two hours, and Cameron Robertson (27) put on 53 for the fifth wicket. Wickets then fell steadily with only Josh Bailey (16) providing some resistance and Lymington fell 27 runs short. Joe Hall (2-28) and Ryan Beck (2-20) were the other main wicket takers.

Next Saturday Lymington host Bournemouth at the sports ground. Games start at 12.30.

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