20 November Lymington Cricket Club Annual General Meeting The 2017 AGM will take place on Thursday 23rd November at The Walhampton Arms, commencing at 7.30pm. It is important that as many club members as possible attend this meeting – please make an effort to come along. Committee vacancies include Hon Secretary, Fixture Secretary and Membership Secretary. Members who are unable to attend the meeting are politely encouraged to inform the Secretary.
17 November England v Australia, Lymington-style! With the long awaited Ashes series just a few days away, we decided to pick two XIs made up of some of the finest English and Australians to have ever represented Lymington Cricket Club. While the team selections will probably provoke debate, deciding the outcome of a hypothetical match between the two sides will almost certainly be hotly disputed on either side of the globe! Have a look at the teams and make up your own mind… more…
8 November SPL Awards Evening On Friday 27th October the British Gas Southern Premier League hosted its annual awards dinner at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton. There was a good turnout of Lymingtonians following a successful 2017 season for the 1st XI which saw them finish 4th in the Premier Division overall and win the timed cricket pennant. 1st XI captain Simon Beetham was present to collect the pennant from former England cricketer and current selector Angus Fraser, who was the evening’s guest speaker.
It was a double celebration for the club as Matt Metcalfe was once again the leading the Premier Division wicket taker chart for the 2017 season. Matt’s remarkable season saw him take 37 wickets and win the award for the fourth time in five years. Matt collected the bowling award and Barry Boorah trophy, which was also presented by Angus Fraser.
The evening was capped off by Fraser, who spoke about his England days and life as a fast bowler. We look forward to next year’s dinner at which we will hopefully be celebrating more Lymington achievements of both the 1st XI in the Premier Division and the 2nd XI in Division 3.
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4 September Another batting collapse as Havant are crowned champions again For the third home match running Lymington’s batting collapsed after a promising start as they closed the season with a seven wicket defeat to Havant who deservedly retained their SPCL title in some style. Once again, Lymo’s openers Terry Crabb (27) and Ben Rogers (26) cruised through the powerplay, taking the score to 43 inside 7 overs, but Rogers’ dismissal triggered the familiar tumbling of wickets and Lymington stumbled to 106 all out. Kieran Moors and Matt Metcalfe took early wickets – the latter earning himself yet another SPCL bowling award in the process with a total of 37 wickets – but Havant skipper Ben Walker (33no) guided his team home with more than 27 overs to spare. Scorecard.
And so ended a season which saw Lymington claim the time pennant – their first First XI award in more than 32 years – with an exciting, attacking brand of batting more akin to T20 than all-day cricket. However, but for two calamitous batting failures against Andover and Burridge in the final third of the campaign the club might just have also been celebrating its first outright league title.
28 August Agony and ecstacy for Lymington’s league sides Lymington’s First, Second and Third XIs endured vastly different emotions on a day that saw the club’s hopes of a first outright Southern Premier League title in 32 years all but ended inside 21 crazy overs at the Sports Ground. Needing nothing less than a win over Burridge, Lymo’s batting capitulated to a disastrous 85 all out. Burridge themselves lost six wickets before claiming victory in a match that lasted just 39 overs. Read the sorry scorecard here. Lymo can still mathematically win the title, although it would take an extraordinary set of results for that to happen. They will however have a major say in the title race as they face potential champions Havant next Saturday in the final match of the season. A Lymington win could see South Wilts, or even Bashley, secure the championship. At the other end of the scale the Second XI celebrated a swift return to the SPL thanks to a thumping 134 run victory at Hook & Newnham. Jack Roberts (86) and Tom Atkins (65) set Lymo on the road to promotion in a total of 246-9. Leg spinners Ollie Kelly and Cameron Robertson both then took three wickets as Hook were bowled out for 112. Scorecard. The Third XI won their final match of the summer against Godshill by 19 runs, but still suffered relegation from HCL South West 1 as the two teams above them – Christchurch and Hythe & Dibden – both won their respective matches. The outcome was terribly harsh on Mark Jackson (81) and Glenn Willoughby (78) who overcame the stifling heat to put Adie Hunt’s men in a winning position Scorecard. There was no match for the Fourth XI whose opponents were unable to raise a side. Sunday saw Simon Naylor’s Birmingham Bullocks secure victory over a Lymington Sunday XI off the penultimate ball of the match.
20 August All still to play for for the Firsts, Seconds and Thirds Lymington kept alive their hopes of a first full Southern League title in 32 years thanks to a four wicket win over the Hampshire Academy at the Ageas Bowl. Matt Metcalfe took his haul of wickets to 33 with 3-17 as the Academy were dismissed for 165. Ben Rogers top scored with 35 as Lymo overcame a few scares to reach their target with five overs to spare Scorecard. Lymington must now win their penultimate match against Burridge and hope that Havant overcome current leaders South Wilts to set up a title decider between Lymo and Havant on the final Saturday of the season. The situation is rather simpler for the Second XI who will be promoted to the SPCL if they attain two more points from their visit to Hook than third placed Longparish achieve against Rowledge. Lymo missed out on a crucial extra batting point in their 93 run defeat of Fareham & Crofton Scorecard. The Third XI’s 24 run defeat at Hythe & Dibden III left them in desperate trouble in HCL Regional West Division One Scorecard. They need to win their final match against Godshill and hope that Christchurch or Hythe lose their final fixtures. The Fourth XI may have little to play for but that didn’t stop captain Chris Tollerfield rattling up 171 against Hythe & Dibden IV at Woodside. Tolly’s mammoth innings helped Lymo to a 122 run victory with youngsters Jude Tollerfield and Freddie Marshall both taking three wickets Scorecard.
13 August Crusty Crabbs ooze six appeal in Big Slog triumph Following the previous day’s travails, the mood at the Sports Ground was lightened considerably by the successful return of the club’s six-a-side tournament. Click here for a full report, including extensive video footage of the day…
12 August Back to earth with a bump… Lymo’s hopes of winning the Southern Premier Cricket League outright received a crushing blow with a disastrous 87 run thrashing by bottom club Andover (scoresheet), a defeat which sees Simon Beetham’s team slip from first to fourth in the table with three matches to play. There was more bad news when the club discovered it had been ejected from the following SPCL Plate competition for an administrative oversight in registering a player before last Sunday’s thrilling quarter final victory over New Milton. To add to the woes, the Third XI suffered defeat to lowly Christchurch while a chronic shortage of players due to injuries and holidays forced the postponement of the Fourth XI match. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as the Second XI kept up their hopes of promotion back to the SPCL courtesy of a seven wicket win at New Milton (scoresheet) where Billy Quigley’s four wickets and 31 took his season’s haul to 22 in addition to his 779 runs.
6 August Lock holds the key as Lymo march into semi finals… Richard Lock produced a stunning batting performance to guide Lymo into the semi finals of the SPL Plate competition. Chasing New Milton’s 128-8, Lymington looked dead and buried at 42-6. However, Lock and Hugo Chandler (26) dragged Lymo back in to the match with a seventh wicket stand of 58. Requiring around ten an over from the last five overs, Lock launched into a series of audacious shots, including one incredible reverse sweep for six to the longest boundary, eventually wrapping up the victory with a maximum over mid wicket off the second ball of the final over. Great credit must also go to 15 year old Josh Royan who earlier took 4-20. Click here for the scoresheet and here to see Locky reach his 50 and then smash the match winning six. Lymington now await the semi-final draw which could pair them with Ventnor, Calmore or fellow Premier Division side Burridge.
6 August Lymo back on top! Having secured the Time Pennant last week, Lymington First XI went back to the top of the overall league table courtesy of a seven wicket win at St Cross coupled with South Wilts’ defeat by Bashley. Calvin Dickinson’s half century saw Lymo home after St Cross had been dismissed for 132, Darren Cowley taking four wickets. The Second XI remain third in HCL1 after a 30 run win over Bishops Waltham while the Thirds and Fourths ensured a second league cleensweep of the season with victories over Bransgore and Mudeford respectively.
30 July More rain, more frustration – but after 32 years a league title! Lymington First XI have finally won a league title after 32 years! Saturday’s postponements in the final round of all-day matches meant that Lymo have won the Southern Premier League Time Pennant, finishing with five wins and just one defeat from their nine matches. The accolade was the only silver lining on a second week running when local league cricketers were left kicking their heels. Three of Lymington’s four matches were cancelled without a ball being bowled, while the Second XI had reached 106 without loss at Rowledge when the rain arrived. Sunday’s T20 match against New Milton was also a victim of the weather.
24 July Weekend Washout for local cricket Torrential downpours on Friday evening put paid to any chances of cricket taking place over the weekend with all Southern Premier League and Hampshire League matches postponed. The cancellations mean that Lymington go into next Saturday’s final ‘all day’ fixture with New Milton knowing that a win would secure the Time Pennant for the very first time. The following day Milton return to the Sports Ground for the re-scheduled T20 Plate quarter final which was also a victim of this weekend’s deluges.
19 July Big Crowds at the Sports Ground for Carnival Day There was quite literally a carnival atmosphere at the Sports Ground on Sunday as our home venue played host to the annual Lymington Carnival Fete. The clubhouse was turned into a cafe and bar, while members of the colts coaching team organised games and coaching for youngsters on the outfield.
16 July Three centurians on a Super Saturday for Lymo Three batsmen registered centuries as Lymington enjoyed their most productive Saturday of the season with all four senior sides recording comprehensive victories. The Firsts, Seconds and Thirds enjoyed a combined winning margin of a mind-boggling 612 runs! Dom Hand’s 105 set Lymo First XI on their way to 303-5 declared against Alton before Matt Metcalfe’s 7-46 ensured a 181 run victory Scorecard. Hand’s personal golf caddy Billy Quigley also notched up a century for the Second XI at Sarisbury as Lymo romped to a 304 run victory. Tom Atkins (63) and Felix Ambrose (91no) and Josh Royan (45no) also figured in a massive 379-4. Keiran Moors then took six wickets as the home side were shot out for 74 in less than 20 overs Match Report and Scorecard. Terry Crabb celebrated his long-awaited return from injury with a sparkling 139 in a Third XI total of 267-7 at Mudeford who were then dismissed for 140 with Jason Walbanke taking 5-41 Scorecard. The Fourth XI completed the cleansweep with an eight wicket win over Hyde with captain Chris Tollerfield scoring 71 not out Scorecard.
16 July Colts Presentation The new enlarged clubhouse was packed to the rafters as Lymington’s Colts Section held its annual awards presentation last Friday. And there was some big breaking news when Under 13A team manager/coach Paul Floyd revealed that his team had won their league, pipping Pylewell Park to the title. The team now face a play off match against the North Division winners next Sunday at Calmore, and are also through to the quarter finals in the cup.
In other age groups the Under 9s finished a creditable third in their division, winning seven and losing just two league matches all season. While there weren’t too many wins for either of the Under 11 teams to celebrate, it was agreed by all that the teams had performed admirably and improved throughout the season. As mentioned, the Under 13A team had, and are still having, a fantastic season, while the Under 13B team enjoyed some great performances. Despite being without their rep players for much of the season, the Under 16s lost just one league match but had to settle for second place. A most pleasing aspect of the colts season has been the number of youngsters playing key roles the senior sides. Under 16s Cameron Robertson and Josh Royan have cemented their places in the First and Second XIs respectively, while players such as Charlie Hampton, Jason Wallbanke, Hugo Smith, Thomas Sykes, Ben & Dan Paxton, the Tollerfields and many more have performed stoically for the Third and Fourth XIs. Long may it continue.
A list of all the 2017 award winners can be seen here, while a fantastic gallery of Louise Flanagan’s photos of the evening can be seen by clicking here…
9 July Missed opportunities for Ones and Twos and a rare win for the Thirds! Both the First and Second XIs missed out on the chance to climb to the summits of their respective divisions. The First XI were left to rue two unnecessary run outs in the morning session of their clash with South Wilts at the Sports Ground. Only Calvin Dickinson (59) showed any resistance as Lymo slumped to 168, a total South Wilts cruised past for the loss of just four wickets. Scorecard. There was similar disappointment for the Second XI who fell to an eight wicket defeat at Shrewton despite Josh Royan’s 73. However, the Thirds and Fourths both recorded much needed wins. Neil Trestrail struck 80no and Damian Jayasinghe 55no as the Third XI romped to a seven wicket win over Parley II at Woodside Scorecard. Thomas Sykes hit a century for the Fourth XI who defeated Parley III by 37 runs.
Lymington are through to the quarter finals of the Southern League plate competition after a nailbiting two wicket win over Portsmouth at the Sports ground.
2 July A potted history of our Sports Ground pavilions With the opening of the redeveloped pavilion at the Sports Ground, we take a look back at some of its predecessors… click here
1 July Mixed day for Lymington Lymington First XI ground out a hard fought draw at Havant. Chasing the reigning champions’ 217 all out Lymo received their familiar rapid start through Malcolm Lake, but once he’d departed Havant’s spinners took control and Lymington were forced to hang on to a losing draw at 154-7 with Dom Hand top scoring with 44. Scorecard. Back at the Sports Ground the Second XI christened the new pavilion with an emphatic nine wicket win over St Cross III. Keiran Moors ripped out the visitors’ top order with five wickets as St Cross were shot out for just 36. Lymo lost just one wicket in reply, reaching their target so quickly that the tea lady barely had time to familiarise herself with the spacious new kitchen facilities. The Third XI fell to another defeat at Woodside, losing by nine wickets against Winton, while Lee Moors celebrated his first ever half century against Cadnam III at Minstead. Alas, Lee’s heroics were in vain as the Fourths fell to defeat. Once again, credit goes to all the captains for somehow getting 44 players onto the field on yet another weekend of injuries and unavailabilities.
New clubhouse nearly ready The finishing touches are being made to our new clubhouse and the building should hopefully be available for use this coming weekend. As Louise Flanagan’s sneak preview above shows, the bar area looks magnificent; Lee Moors and co. have done a great job.
27 June Colts News: Busy week ahead for Under 9s The season may not yet be half way through for the seniors, but the colts teams are reaching the climax of their campaigns. The Under 9s registered their fifth win of the season with a 20 run win over a young Pylewell Park B side. Charlie Maityard (15) and Winston Loveless (10) again starred with the bat. The team face two tricky fixtures this week with games against Bashley in the quarter finals of the cup on Thursday and Pylewell A in the league the following night at the Sports Ground. The Under 16s played out a nailbiting tie at Bashley in their last league match before losing to Hyde in the cup competition.
26 June First XI march on; Seconds pull off dramatic last ball victory! Lymington recorded their sixth British Gas Southern Premier Cricket League victory of the season at Burridge to stay top of the table as we near the half way point of the season. Asked to chase Burridge’s 263-7 declared (Matt Metcalfe 5-66), Lymo were given a typically flying start by Malcolm Lake (45) and Ben Rogers (36) who between them struck 10 fours and 3 sixes in their 71 run first wicket partnership. Although Lymo at one stage lurched to 108-5, Ed Ellis (52), Dom Hand (55) and Simon Beetham (41) expertly guided the team home to a 4 wicket win. Match Report and Scorecard. Meanwhile there was high drama back at the Sports Ground where Gus Mitchell’s last ball boundary gave the Second XI a two wicket win over promotion rivals Portsmouth & Southsea. The first half of the match was blighted by a series of disasters for Ollie Kelly’s men with two players – Gus Mitchell and Josh Royan – struck by the ball in separate incidents and forced off the field, and as many as seven catches spilled as the visitors totalled 266-9. Billy Quigley (88), Jack Roberts (52) and then Glenn Willoughby (66) looked to have turned the match round before a flurry of run outs saw the injured Mitchell return to the field to strike the winning runs Match Report and Scorecard. The Third XI’s poor run of results continued with defeat at Sway while the Fourth XI beat Langley Manor by 17 runs at Woodside thanks in no small part to the Sykes duo of Thomas and Toby who contributed 129 of Lymington’s 225 runs and then played a hand in seven of the ten wickets that fell. Scorecard.
26 June Lymington Ladies Purple Cobras win HCB W10 Festival Lymington’s Purple Cobras ladies team have won the Hampshire Cricket Board W10 Festival. Held here at Lymington Sports Ground the team, captained by Sonia Carswell and coached by New Milton’s Charlotte Taylor fought off stiff competition from Gosport, Hythe & Dibden and Emsworth to win the tournament and qualify for the finals day at Portsmouth on July 16th. Click here for a report of the day, and here to see many excellent photos of the event taken by Louise Flanagan of Breeze Photography.
Continuing the theme of women’s cricket, the Sports Ground will be hosting a Soft Ball Cricket Tournament on Friday 21st July from 6-9pm. Click here to view a poster with details of the event.
18 June Lymo stay top with big win over County youngsters Lymington consolidated their position at the top of the British Gas Southern Pemier League with a stomping 203 run win over Hampshire Academy at the Sports Ground. Calvin Dickinson top scored with 58 as Lymo were dismissed for 284 before Richie Lock’s five wickets helped bundle the Academy out for just 81 Scorecard. A ton from Jack Roberts (pictured) was the catalyst for the Second XI’s win at a sweltering Burridge. Ollie Kelly chipped in with another half century Lymo as totalled 261-5. The home side finished some 40 runs short giving Lymington their fifth victory of the season. For photos of the match click here and to see Jack and Ollie reach their landmarks click here. The Thirds and Fourths both fell to defeats to New Milton and Sway respectively, although given the unprecedented level of player unavailabilities this weekend it was something of a minor miracle that all the club’s fixtures were fulfilled.
16 June Rare defeat for the Under 16s, but wins for the 13s and 9s It had to happen eventually! Sadly, the Under 16s suffered their first defeat in two years last Sunday against Hythe & Dibden. It marked the end of a magnificent run for Sally Tollerfield’s side who have often had to plough on without their county and district players. Elsewhere there were nailbiting victories for the Under 13s and Under 9s. The 13s snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the Sports Ground against Fawley, while over at Hythe bowler Winston Loveless kept his nerve in the final over to ensure a narrow win for the Under 9s.
The cake sale in the High Street raised £217 and thanks should go to organiser Marilyn Freedman and all those who donated cakes and helped on the stall.
14 June Out! Out! Out! Lymington may have gone top of the league on Saturday but the club was soon brought down to earth, going out of three cup competitions in just two days. Sunday saw them depart the T20 Cup in dramatic fashion as underdogs OTs & Romsey scrambled a single off the last ball of the match to secure a four wicket victory Scorecard. 24 hours later two Lymo teams were dumped out of the Presidents Cup and Stone Cup, falling to fairly comprehensive defeats at Bashley and Burley respectively.
11 June Tip top Lymington Another entertaining batting display saw Lymington record a five wicket win at Andover. Chasing the home side’s 240 Lymo took just 43 overs to reach their target with Ryan Scott (73 not out), Ben Rogers (63) and Malcom Lake (65) all scoring at almost a run a ball Scorecard. With Bashley suffering a surprise derby defeat at New Milton, Lymington’s win sees Beefy’s men climb to the top of the table for the first time this season. The Second XI are definitely enjoying home comforts. Ollie Kelly’s side have yet to taste success on the road but recorded their fourth straight victory at the Sports Ground yesterday with a 52 run win over US Portsmouth. The success was underpinned by Billy Quigley’s big hundred (See Billy reach his century here). The Thirds and Fourths both fell to narrow defeats against Brockenhurst and Bashley V respectively.
6 June First XI home in time for tea Lymington wasted little time in securing victory in their opening ‘Time’ format fixture, beating St Cross by six wickets at a sunny Sports Ground. Ed Freeman and Richie Lock both took three wickets as the visitors were bundled out for 163 before Lymo took less than 24 overs to reach their target. 118 of Lymington’s runs came in boundaries in a swashbuckling innings more akin to T20 than all-day cricket. Scorecard. Sadly the Seconds and Thirds couldn’t emulate the First XI. The Twos came a cropper at OTs & Romsey, losing by 39 runs. The scorecard can be accessed by clicking here and many excellent photos of the match courtesy of Terry Jamieson, can be viewed here. The Thirds are still searching for a second victory after a five wicket defeat to Ferndown Wayfarers at Woodside scorecard.
29 May Colts Round Up: Under 16s bandwaggon rolls on The Under 16 colts are continuing the success of last season and remain unbeaten after their first two matches thanks to a nine wicket win at Fawley followed by a whopping 112 run win over a young Beaulieu side yesterday. The Under 13A team also remain unbeaten after three matches, while the Under 13Bs and Under 11 teams continue to improve. The Under 9s have won two and drawn two. Click here for a full run down of Under 9s match reports.
28 May David Rogers RIP Lymington Cricket Club are sad to report the death of former all rounder and Honorary Secretary David Rogers. Yorkshire-born Rogers played for the club between 1973 and 1978, notching up several centuries as a big hitting middle order batsman. He accumulated 844 runs in the 1975 season alone and was a useful seam bowler. A highly qualified engineer, it is believed that work took Rogers to the USA where he lived until his recent death.
27 May Lake and Blake make bowlers quake The Lymington CC historian was left scratching his sizeable forehead yesterday, wondering if club history was made when two opening batsmen in different matches carried their bats on the same day. And the fact that their surnames rhyme and are almost identical simply added to the intrigue! At New Milton, First XI debutant Malcom Lake (pictured) smashed a stunning 171 not out, while a few miles down the road at The Sports Ground Second XI opener Chris Blake also finished unbeaten having scored 107.
Lake’s innings included four sixes and 19 fours as Lymo rattled up 302 for 4. The Oxford University star then took three wickets as Milton subsided to 155 all out scorecard. Some fantastic images of Lake’s innings taken by Stephen Harris can be seen here. Back in Lymington, Blake’s ton helped the Second XI get back to winning ways against leaders Longparish. Billy Quigley chipped in with a half century as Lymo amassed 263 for 2. Another debutant Ross Pilkington took six wickets as Longparish fell well short of their target. The Third XI were dismissed just 14 runs shy of Damerham’s 143, while there was no match for the Fourth XI yesterday.
20 May Ed’s century not enough Lymington fell to a six wicket defeat to Bashley at the Sports Ground despite a superb century from Ed Ellis who helped Lymo recover from 7 for 3 to post 240. Sadly, Patrick Page’s 115 ensured Bash reached their victory target with more than two overs to spare scorecard & report. There was also little joy for the Second XI who lost their unbeaten record at Ryde. Adie Hunt’s half century was the mainstay of Lymo’s 201 all out. The Islanders cruised home to a five wicket win with Quigley and Adams taking two wickets apiece scorecard. The Fourths fell to defeat at Bolton’s Bench where Chris Tollerfield’s men fell 19 runs short of Lyndhurst’s 183 for 5 despite a half century from young Hugo Smith scorecard. The Third XI staved off the ignominy of a cleansweep of defeats with a 29 run win over Breamore at Woodside. Glenn Willoughby smashed a half century as Lymo totalled 157 for 7 before Asa Drodge (4-23) whipped out the visitors’ top order scorecard. Mention must go to Breamore’s veteran opening bowler Alan Bennett who took 1-4 in ten overs including seven maidens.
13 May Second XI caught on camera Click here to see some fantastic photos taken by Louise Flanagan of Breeze Photography.of last week’s record breaking Second XI win over Ventnor
13 May Antipodeans shine on a good day for Lymo Our friends from Down Under celebrated in the sunshine as Lymington recorded a cleansweep of victories. New Zealander Terry Crabb (pictured) continued his scintillating early season form with a majestic 156 at Alton where the First XI rattled up 381-5 to win by 233 runs. (scorecard). Crabb has now accumulated the best part for 500 runs in his first three innings of 2017. Meanwhile, back at the Sports Ground Billy Quigley’s classy century helped the Seconds to a four wicket win over Hythe & Dibden. Click here to see the moment Billy reached his century. The Fourth XI recorded a convincing win 164 run win at Burley with Asa Drodge scoring 52 and Daniel Paxton taking three wickets, while there was no fixture for the Thirds, although captain Adie Hunt was sure they would’ve won.
7 May Record opening stand in Second XI runfest Terry Crabb (207) and Ollie Kelly (108) kicked off the season in extraordinary style at the Sports Ground, notching up a Second XI record opening partnership of 351 against Ventnor II. Lymo totalled 417-4 before bowling out their Island opposition for just 104. The double-century was Crabb’s highest ever score and follows his unbeaten 126 in a recent pre-season friendly. Billy Quigley and Dimitri Adams both took three wickets on their club debuts. Click here to see Terry reach his double century.
Elsewhere Lymo were unable to record a league victory in their other three matches. The First XI fell to a 49 run defeat at South Wilts despite 54 from Richie Lock scorecard. Adie Hunt’s half century and three wickets weren’t enough to save the Third XI from a seven wicket defeat at Bashley scorecard, while the Fourth XI were beaten by Hordle at Woodside.
30 April Clad all over! New clubhouse taking shape Our new clubhouse at the Sports Ground is rapidly taking shape. The scaffolding has come down, revealing the wooding exterior cladding and new windows. The fitting out of the interior is expected to take a few weeks, meaning that players and officials will be changing in portakabins for the first half a dozen or so weeks of the season. A temporary bar will also be housed in a portakabin. New bar manager Tony Thorp admitted that while the situation is not ideal, the bar is actually not that bad, and a damn site better than some of the bars Meg Gannaway normally inhabits!
22 April Pre Season Friendlies Terry Crabb (right) wasted no time in becoming Lymington’s first centurian of 2017, smashing 125 as Lymington defeated Southampton University in their opening fixture of the season. The match, played in glorious April sunshine, was the club’s first since the opening of the redeveloped Woodside pavilion, and all agreed that the building will be a fine addition to the sporting facilities of the town.
22 February Knockout Fixtures Released Lymington will travel to OT’s & Romsey in the first round of the British Gas T20 Cup competition on the June the 11th. On the 5th of June Lymington will travel to Bashley in the first round of the Presidents Cup also on the same night the Third/Fourth XI will travel to Burley to play in the Stone Cup.
22 February Clubhouse Update The good news is that after a somewhat slow start the work is moving forward and we will have a “state of the art” clubhouse on completion. The bad news is that the completion date is unlikely to be before the middle of June and as a result we will be inheriting the portacabins that have been provided for the football club. The club has had a tour of these cabins and we are pleased to say that they meet the mandatory requirements of both the Southern and Hampshire cricket leagues. Both leagues have been informed of our predicament and individual clubs will be written to in good time explaining our situation.
We will have to provide additional facilities for the scorers and we will provide a temporary bar which will consist of bottled beers only. Whilst the main inconvenience will be the lack of parking in the ground, we will have to access the ground from the Avenue Road entrance, we will be able to provide cricket and later on in June we will have the benefit of splendid new facilities at the Sports Ground in addition to the new facilities at Woodside. Our thanks to our Council and George Shaw of Lymington Town FC who have been instrumental in providing the temporary facilities.
Regards-Peter Tapper-Chairman LCC
26 January 2017 Fixtures The 2017 senior fixtures are now available for viewing in the senior fixtures section.
26 January Anyone For Golf? The Lymington CC golf day has been arranged for Wednesday 29th March 2017 at Barton-on-sea Golf Club. The format will again be a 27-hole team event. Each team will play the three nine-hole loops of Becton, Stroller and Needles for a variety of prizes. The tee has been reserved between 9.00 am and 10.00 am for nine holes in the morning and between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm for the afternoon 18 holes. Coffee on arrival (the kitchen will be open from 8am if you wish to purchase breakfast), soup and sandwiches will be served for lunch between rounds and a ‘steak & ale pie’ supper in the clubhouse from 4.00pm. This will not be a sit-down dinner and a jacket and tie will not be required.
The cost is £239 per team. Please Return to: David Coles, 5 Coultas Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53 5BA Home 02380 268482 or Mobile 07764 656041 or email email@example.com
24 January Clubhouse update Work is well under way on the refurbishment of the clubhouse at the Sports Ground. The interior of the building is currently being reshaped and the concrete foundations for the extension, to include new toilets and a scorers room, have been laid. Local building company HH Drew are undertaking the project which will hopefully be completed in time for the start of the 2017 season.
23 January Honorary Life Membership for Tony Wharton At the AGM in December Lymington stalwart Tony Wharton received an honorary life membership. Club President Jerry Holt presented Tony with the accolade and paid tribute to the man affectionately known as ‘Wobbly’ More…
11 January 2017 Indoor Nets Junior and senior nets will begin on Monday the 16th of January at Hordle Walhampton School. The juniors will start at 7.30pm for an hour with the seniors following from 8.30pm to 10pm.