Lymington narrowly lose a Thriller to Hampshire Academy
Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Hampshire Academy 217 Lymington I 158
Lymington’s first league game of the season saw a nail biting end being defeated by just 4 runs in spite of the efforts of Dan Cox and for the second week running, Ximus du Plooy. Rain played a part as the Lymington target was reduced to 163 with overs having been lost to the rain. The weather with temperatures at only 10 degrees also proved a challenge to players, officials and spectators alike.
It might have been a good pitch at the Ageas Rose Bowl but the Hampshire Academy batting first, having won the toss, got off to a bad start as Lymington reduced them to 13-3. Then Huw Wheeler (84) and keeper Charlie Mumford (57) gained the initiative as they put on 145 runs for the fourth wicket before spinner Dan Cox (4-36) broke the partnership removing both batsmen. The Lymington bowlers then did well to restrict the Academy to 217 taking the last seven wickets for just 59 runs. Josh Proctor was only able to bowl four 4 overs but still took 2-23 while Guy Layman weighed in with 2-39.
The rain then intervened straight after tea and instead of the normal 50 overs 30 overs were allowed but under the old Duckworth Lewis method, being used in the SPL for the first time, the target was only reduced to 163. Lymington got off to a good start led by Dan Cox (16) with a patient knock and Ryan Scott (19). Coming in at number four Ximus then took charge with 61 not out from 55 balls. He was supported by Josh Proctor (17) and James Wade (12) and it seemed that Lymington would squeeze home. But this was not to be as Ximus lost partners due to injudicious shot selection and two run outs. Spinner Tom Prest took 3-30 while opener Chris Wood took 2-32 for Hampshire Academy.
Huw Wheeler was deservedly voted man of the match and hope it helped to compensate for his injury picked up during fielding which necessitated a hospital visit.
Next week Lymington travel to Burridge in another 50 over game with a 11.30 start.