Southern Premier League: Premier Division
South Wilts I 288-8 Lymington I 250
Lymington were forced to put out a weakened team against likely SPL champions South Wilts but still gave the superior opposition a tough time. Lymington had three first teamers out because of other commitments and might even have won the game but chasing a formidable total they eventually fell 38 runs short. At least Lymington picked up useful bowling and batting points in their efforts to keep away from the relegation flight.
Missing club captain Matt Metcalfe Terry Crabb assumed the role and although winning the toss he asked South Wilts to bat. The opposition got off to a solid start with Tom Morton (36) and Jack Mynott (21) putting on 39 for the first wicket. But after falling to 99-3 the South Wilts batsmen took the initiative as James Hayward (75) with some audacious leg side sweeps and keeper Ben Draper (64) put on 109 for the fourth wicket. James was then out to Ximus du Plooy (2-38) who bowled tidily in his 10 over spell. Ben was then joined by Raff Hussey (31) as the pair put on 69 for the fifth wicket. The Lymington bowlers enjoyed some success at the end of the innings as four wickets fell for 7 runs to earn two more bowling points with South Wilts finishing their 50 overs innings on 288-8. Paceman Josh Proctor (2-58) took two wickets in two balls while island spinner Dan Cox (3-67) consolidated his position as Lymington’s main wicket taker. Second teamer Charlie Inglis (1-19) needed to thank keeper Luke Mortimore for his wicket with a brilliant diving one handed leg side catch. Fellow second teamer (and captain) Jude Tollerfield (0-51) also bowled intelligently despite the best efforts of James Hayward.
Compared to recent games the Lymington batsmen were far more consistent. Openers Terry Crabb (31 of which 30 were in boundaries) and Ben Rogers (21) got Lymington off to a blistering start putting on 51 in only 5.1 overs before Terry was out to opening bowler Ben Huntley (1-30). This was followed by Ben to fellow opener Matthew Burton (2-60). Ryan Scott (17) was then joined by Lymington leading scorer Ximus du Plooy (55 including 8 fours) as they put on 54 for the third wicket before Ryan was out lbw to Tom Grant (2-47). Josh Royan (61) joined Ximus as they put on 46 for the fifth wicket before the dangerous Ximus was lbw to Stephen Warner (1-36) much to the relief of the South Wilts team. All was not lost with Josh batting well and with Josh Proctor (20) putting on 36 for the seventh wicket. However, with the eventual loss of Josh Royan to Jack Mynott (2-52) hope of a remarkable victory faded with the last three wickets falling for two runs with Arthur Godsall (2-23) helping to polish off the tail and Lymington found themselves 38 runs short.
This coming Saturday the team are at home to Hook and Newnham and need victory over this relegation-threatened side and ensure Lymington stay in the Premier Division.