Southern Premier/Division 1 West

Lymington I     187-4

Bournemouth I    188-8

Lymington just failed to overcome Bournemouth as the opposition just managed to squeeze home by two wickets with only four balls to spare. On a cold windy afternoon at the sports ground at least the good crowd enjoyed an absorbing game of cricket. England scorer Alan Mills who has been involved in the England versus Pakistan test series scored for Bournemouth.

Lymington lost the toss and put in to bat got off to a good start. Stand in opener and captain Josh Royan (24) and Hugo Smith (33) laid the foundation putting on 62 for the first wicket before they out in quick succession. Terry Crabb then scored a quick fire 27. It was then left to Cameron Roberston (41) with an attacking knock and Gareth Schreuder (22) who ensured Lymington ended up with a competitive total. They put on 74 runs with Lymington finishing on 187-4 in their 40 overs. For Bournemouth the main wicket takers were Matt Mixer (2-36), Tom Robinson (2-35) and Rob Pack (2-47).  

In the field Lymington got off to an excellent start as spinner Dan Bailey, opening the bowling, proved too much for the top order Bournemouth batsmen taking 4-11 in eight overs to leaving the opposition reeling on 86-6. However, number four batsmen Adam Davies (80 not out) steadied the ship pacing his innings over 130 minutes. He took control at the death helped by an attacking 37 from Rob Pack as the pair put on 77 for the seventh wicket. The last 84 runs came in 9.2 overs to give Bournemouth a win when at one stage defeat seemed inevitable. The other Lymington wicket takers were Josh Royan (2-52) and Josh Bailey (1-34).   

The young Lymington side can only gain from this experience against a strong Bournemouth side and especially bowling at the death. Next Saturday Lymington I travel to Winchester for a game against St Cross Symondians with a 12.30 start.

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