Bash claim the bragging rights in Forest derby
Lymington fell to a three wicket defeat in the first derby of the season at Bashley (Rydal). Felix Ambrose (47), Lewis McManus (34) and Simon Beetham (41) all batted well but Bashley never let their neighbours get away from them and despite Ben Ashkenazi (4-25) again showing his class with the ball, Lymo’s 192-9 proved to be insufficient.
The Second XI were also beaten by three wickets at the Sports Ground. Visitors Totton & Eling overhauled Lymo’s 203 all out with former Lymington all rounder Chris Thomason hitting a half century. Earlier in the day Ollie Kelly (65) and Damien Edwards (43) had top scored for Lymington. Down at Woodside the Fourth XI fell to a 47 run defeat against Verwood II. However, the performance of the day came from Lymington Third XI who recovered from their 17 all out humiliation the previous week to defeat leaders Emsworth by 63 runs. Half centuries from Tom Thorp and Finn Ambrose enabled Lymington to total 220-4 before the home side were restricted to 157-8 in reply. The stunning turnaround in fortune was made even more impressive by the fact that, due to injuries and a late withdrawal, Meg Gannaway’s team arrived at Emsworth with just nine players. Umpire Ian Giles kindly volunteered to play at the last minute and made numerous important stops in the field as the ten men from Lymington secured their first win of the season. The victorious nine men (the umpire had already dashed off home, presumably for an ice bath!) and scorer Lindsay are pictured below:
Has Bryn Darbyshire created cricketing history?
News of Bryn Derbyshire’s bizarre ‘handled the ball’ dismissal in the recent Lymington Second XI versus South Wilts game made it onto Radio 5Live this morning and into today’s edition of The Times. While there are many previous cases of players being given out handled ball, what made Bryn’s story so newsworthy is that it may be the first time a batsman has ever been dismissed via that method off a no ball. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, the match officials were on the ball and knew that the only four ways of being dismissed off a no ball are ’hit the ball twice’, ‘obstructing the field’, ‘run out’ and, sadly for Bryn, ‘handled the ball’.
Ben’s late burst swings it Lymo’s way
Ben Ashkenazi snared his best figures in England so far, taking 5-31 as Lymington secured a 22 run win over Sarisbury Athletic at the Sports Ground. Cameron Grierson’s half century had enabled Lymo to total 192, but with former Zimbabwe Under 19 batsman Ryan Burl regularly finding the boundary, the visitors looked to be homing in on victory at 152-6. However Ashkenazi returned to the attack to claim the last four wickets and wrap up the match. The victory makes it two wins from three games for Lymington. Report and Scorecard.
Elsewhere, there was little joy for Lymo’s other three league sides. The Second XI fell to a 93 run defeat at Waterlooville despite Martin Gregory’s four wicket haul. The Fourths lost by nine wickets at Burley, but the biggest defeat occurred at Woodside where the Third XI were skittled out for just 17 by Ferndown Wayfarers. Incredibly, that total included 9 extras, the first six batsmen all recorded ducks and Ferndown’s Stammas took 8 wickets for just 7 runs. Asa Drodge and Hugo Chandler both claimed wickets before Ferndown wrapped up an eight wicket win before the tea lady even had time to butter the sandwiches. The defeat was Lymington’s heaviest ever in league competitions, surpassing (if that’s the correct term) the 21 all out at Gosport in 1981. However, skipper Meg Gannaway may be relieved to discover that his Third XI’s score today was only the club’s third worst total: in 1860 Lymington were bowled out for 9 at Ringwood, while in 1896 it got even worse when the same opposition skittled Lymo for just 8 with the first eight batsmen all failing to trouble the scorer. Tony Wharton was not out, apparently.
Under 9s off the mark
Lymington’s fledgling Under 9 team recorded a narrow victory over Fawley at Holbury Report, while the Under 11 Development Team defeated Beaulieu by 32 runs. Report.
A special offer from a special sponsor
Lymington Cricket Club’s new headline sponsors Crestwood of Lymington are offering a generous discount on their list prices for paid-up club members.
Situated on Ampress Park, Crestwood are a unique independent interior showroom offering an exceptional range of soft furnishings, flooring, beds, lighting, furniture and paint… everything for your home under one roof. Drop in to see what they have to offer… and don’t forget to take your club fixture card along as proof of club membership.
Development Fund helps to keep the Sports Ground pitch perfect
The Sports Ground’s brand new covers experienced their first major test today as heavy rain swept across the south coast. The covers were paid for from the proceeds of the club’s successful Development Fund which is now in its eighteenth year. The recently installed new artificial practice surfaces were also funded by the same scheme. Other items paid for by the Development Fund over the years include a water hog, new furniture for the clubhouse, a mobile net, new scoreboard, new bowling machine and the double garage. This year we are aiming to raise funds to continue our successful local schools coaching programme. Development Fund organiser Neil Trestrail is on the lookout for new members for this year’s fund. It costs just £25 to enter and there will be four monthly draws throughout the summer. For more details please click here…
Adie Hunt is likely to miss the rest of the cricket season after breaking his collarbone on a mountain biking expedition over the weekend. The former First XI skipper ended up in a Staffordshire hospital as a result of a nasty fall from his bike in Cannock Chase.
Adie had only recently made his long-awaited Lymington comeback following a longstanding knee injury which had prevented him from playing competitive cricket for the past few seasons. As the photo shows, as well as the fracture, Adie also suffered cuts, bruises and a particularly nasty goatee beard. Father Chris lamented: ‘I warned him not to take the stabilisers off’. The club wishes Adie a speedy recovery.
Under 13s kick off with a convincing win
Lymington Under 13A enjoyed a successful start to their season with a 60 run win over New Milton report. Elsewhere, the Under 15s and Under 11As both fell to defeat in their opening matches.
Read the latest Captain’s Blog feature here…
Back to earth with a bump
After good wins in week one, Lymington’s First and Second XI’s both suffered their first defeats at the hands of South Wilts report. The Firsts slumped to a 115 run defeat at Lower Bemerton while the Seconds fared only a little better at the Sports Ground, losing by 58 runs. The Fourths suffered a 34 run defeat at New Milton, although captain Lee Moors did earn the honour of winning this website’s brand new ‘Shot of the Week’ feature. The Third XI fixture against Compton was postponed.
Rain thwarts Under 9s
Persistent rain caused the abandonment of the Under 9s’ first match of the season. Visitors New Milton had scored a creditable 247-3 when the rain arrived. The previous night Lymington’s Under 13Bs eeked out a narrow victory against Pylewell Park at the Sports Ground.
The Captain’s Blog
Read what Beefy has to say in the first of our weekly Captain’s Blog…
A few photos from yesterdays match at St Cross…
Double delight for Lymington
Lymington’s First and Second XIs made the perfect start on the first day of the league season, both recording victories over their St Cross counterparts. Darren Cowley (pictured here reaching his ton) produced a virtuoso performance for the Firsts at the Royal Green Jackets Ground in Winchester, smashing a century and taking five wickets as Lymo romped home by 168 runs. Felix Ambrose also registered a half century and there were two wickets for debutant Ben Ashkenazi who would have had a third but for this. The Seconds pulled off a 24 run win over St Cross II in a low scoring encounter at the Sports Ground. The Third and Fourth XIs kick off their Hampshire League campaigns next Saturday.
The season begins!
Australian overseas player Ben Ashkenazi and Hampshire player Lewis McManus are set to make their competitive debuts, weather permitting, for the First XI at St Cross tomorrow. Captain Simon Beetham is keen to start the season with a victory and is missing only evergreen ex Lymington colt Ed Freeman from his squad in a powerful looking side.
Second XI Captain Ollie Kelly is missing the prolific Damien Edwards for the visit of St Cross but welcomes back former First XI captain Adie Hunt after a four year break.
County recognition for Lymington girls
Congratulations to Jess Pritchett and Francesca Robertson who have been selected for the Hampshire Girls U13 squad. Well done both of you!
Captain’s innings sees Lymington through to Round 2
A half century from skipper Simon Beetham guided Lymington to victory over Fawley in the first round of the ECB Royal London Club Championship. Chasing the Oiler’s modest 135 from 45 overs, Lymo lost Darren Cowley, Damien Edwards and Cameron Grierson cheaply and were grateful to Beetham (pictured here hitting the winning runs) and fellow batsman Matt Metcalfe who ensured a four wicket victory and a place in the second round on Sunday May 10th.
The previous day’s pre-season friendly at Bashley ended prematurely due to rain with the home side in a commanding position.
New shirts have arrived…
Lymington’s new Crestwood-sponsored shirts gained their first airing at Fawley. Manufactured by Funky and supplied by Cricket-Hockey.com, the shirts can be seen here modelled by First XI captain Simon Beetham and promising colt Cameron Robertson. The new shirts, and other kit, can be purchased from www.cricket-hockey.com. Colts membership includes a free club shirt.
Attention all ladies!!!
Lymington have been invited to join This Girl Can W10 Womens Cricket, a project aimed at women or girls aged 14 plus who have never played cricket but would like to have a go. In other words an introduction to womens cricket. No kit is required and there will be a free t-shirt for the team members.
Training will take place from 18th May for 10 weeks at Lymington Sports Ground from 6.30pm to 8pm and instruction will be from a Hampshire Cricket Board coach.
On 28th June we will play in a 10 a side softball round robin tournament, against Sway, Portsmouth and Porchester. On 26th July, if we are very lucky, we will play in the final and plate final at Tywford School.
It’s going to be FAST, FUN and FREE so come on girls lets have a go.
Colt’s training starts Monday!!!
Don’t forget that colts outdoor training for boys and girls starts this Monday coming (April 27th) at Lymington Sports Ground from 6.30-8pm. Sessions will run every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) until the end of July. There will be a charge of £3.00 per Training Session (NEW PLAYERS WILL GET TWO FREE SESSIONS!). The club will also be accepting Colts memberships this Monday. Cost will be £35 and a new Crestwood-sponsored club shirt provided when membership is paid!
Please note that this Monday only parents should use the Avenue Road car park.
Lymington Colts win first silverware of 2015…
Lymington’s Under 14 indoor league squad recently captured the Dorset Indoor League title, overhauling Parley Panther’s 148 with just three balls to spare. Full report…
Lymo off the mark!
Evergreen Ed Freeman was the hero as his unbeaten 22 guided Lymington to a 1 wicket victory over Ventnor. Freeman had earlier taken 2 wickets as Ventnor batted first and scored 182-5 from 40 overs. Cameron Grierson (49) and Simon Beetham (33) were the only other batsmen to show any early season form before Freeman completed the run chase.
Eddie ready for KP
First XI wicket-keeper Ed Ellis will tomorrow come face to face with Kevin Pietersen as his Oxford University team welcome Surrey to The Parks. Ellis has already made two appearances for his University and made his First Class debut against Worcestershire last week.
Martin Hills RIP
Lymington Cricket Club have been shocked and saddened by news of the tragic death of player, coach and former colts Chairman Martin Hills.
Martin was a popular member of our club. A true club man, he would play in whichever team he was asked, never complaining if he batted down the order or wasn’t asked to bowl. Martin simply enjoyed being part of the club and the game. He was a competent wicketkeeper, a Level One coach, and only recently had completed an umpiring course. And in an age when volunteers are hard to find, Martin would always be the first to offer his services, whether it be on training nights, repairing the covers or helping to run the bar at the town carnival.
Club captain Neil Trestrail commented: “This is a massive shock and our thoughts are with Martin’s family. He was an enthusiastic individual, fully committed to the club and the colts and he loved playing the game of cricket”. Treasurer Tony Wharton added: “Martin was always so cheerful and loved his cricket. He was a great coach for the kids and it will be a great shock to those he coached and played with and against”.
Speaking of her husband’s special relationship with Lymington Cricket Club, Martin’s wife Geraldine said: “Martin being a part of the cricket club was a huge and important thing to us – it’s probably the main thing that has made us feel part of the community and has made us feel that Lymington really is our home. He loved being a part of the LCC family, (he always said he was picked for teams because he had a car for transportation and he clapped a lot!). But being involved in any way made him happy, so for that alone, I thank the club from the bottom of my heart.”
The funeral is likely to be in Dorking where Martin’s parents live and where Martin and Geraldine met 30 years ago. Lymington Cricket Club sends its deepest sympathy to Geraldine and sons Max and Ollie.
Perseverance pays off as Keith Motors finally grab the golfing glory!
The annual Lymington CC Spring Golf Tournament has been won by Keith Motors… at the seventeeth attempt!!! Their team, which included Mike Conley, Tony Naylor, Tony Thorp and Richard Webb, triumphed with 158 points. 17 teams took part at Barton Golf Club, including an impressive four teams from Hampshire Seniors Cricket. Funds raised will be used to support our coaches in attending our Schools Coaching Programme for 7-10 year olds at five local Lymington schools starting late April. Thanks, as always, to David Coles for organising the event.
The Development Fund will once again be running in 2015 and we would like to encourage all members to join this vital fund raising initiative. This year the goal will be to raise funds to provide five local Lymington Schools with proper cricket coaching sessions which will be provided by our qualified Coaches. The coaching sessions will start in late April and go through to the middle of June with an emphasis on fun which will hopefully encourage new junior members to the club. If you would like to help towards the future of our club please contact Neil and Cheryl Trestrail on either email@example.com or 07970 479039 to purchase your draw numbers.
New Colts Chairperson Announced
Lymington Cricket Club are pleased to announce that Marilyn Freedman has accepted the role of Chairperson of the Colts section. Marilyn, who has been associated with our club for several years, will be taking over the role from former Chairman Martin Hills. She is currently acting as our U-11 Team manager and is also overseeing the Schools Coaching Sessions which are being reintroduced this year at several local schools. We wish her all the best for the forthcoming season.
19 March 2015
Time for an upgrade
There will be two noticeable changes at The Sports Ground this summer. Some new ligther covers, sponsored by Moneysprite, will be arriving in early April quickly being followed by work to improve the practice nets in early May. The General Committee have sanctioned work to be carried out improving the batting surfaces which will help improve both senior and junior players. Thanks go to Neil and Cheryl Trestrail who have been raising money for the club through the Development Fund to help make this to happen.
13 March 2015
Indoor Nets in full swing
Don’t forget that indoor nets are well under way at Walhampton School. Senior practice sessions take place on Wednesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm, while Colts training is held on Fridays. Sessions for ages 5-11 are from 7.30-8.30pm, while those aged 12 and above should attend between 8.30-9:30pm.
Victorian Ben Ashkenazi to be Lymo’s overseas player in 2015
We are delighted to announce that Ben Ashkenazi will be Lymington Cricket Club’s overseas player for 2015. Ben replaces fellow Victorian Seb Gotch who was originally selected to be the club’s overseas player but has had to withdraw from the Elite International Cricket Academy (EICA) programme due to a hip operation.
Pace bowler Ashkenazi will be following in the footsteps of highly successful previous Lymington players Scott Henry and Damien Mortimer who both played for Lymo while participating in the EICA programme at the Ageas Bowl.
Ashkenazi has played for Australia Under 19s and Victoria Under 23s, and last November opened the bowling and took 3-21 for a Cricket Australia XI in a T20 against South Africa.
Joining Ben in the First XI this coming summer will be Hampshire’s Lewis McManus who has joined the club from St Cross. The talented wicket-keeper batsman, who this year signed a two year contract with Hampshire, will play for the club when his Hampshire commitments permit. We are looking forward to Ben and Lewis arriving and offering them the ‘usual’ Lymington welcome.
Thanks to Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club for the photo.
11 February 2015
Anybody for Golf?
The annual Lymington CC team Golf Day is taking part on Wednesday the First of April at Barton On Sea Golf Club. The day will consist of 27 holes of golf, coffee on arrival, soup and sandwiches for lunch followed by Steak and Ale pie from 4pm onwards. For more information please contact David Coles on 07764656041 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
23 January 2015
Colts Winter Training
Winter training for Lymington’s Colts Section starts tonight (Friday 23rd January) in the Sports Hall at Walhampton School. Sessions for those aged 5-11 are from 7.30-8.30pm, while those aged 12 and above should attend between 8.30-9:30pm
Cost will be £2 a session and training will run for 10 weeks.
Senior Winter training also takes place at Walhampton School on Wednesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
8 January 2015
League Fixtures Released
Lymington First and Second XI’s will both start the 2015 season against St Cross in a double header on May the third. Simon Beetham will take the First XI to St Cross while Ollie Kelly’s Second XI will host St Cross Second XI at the Sports Ground in the sides return to the SEPCL after promotion from the HCL. After being promoted the Third XI will begin life in County Division IV South by hosting Compton and the Fourth XI will make the short trip to local rivals New Milton
Catching Up Down Under
Lymington CC would like to congratulate Scott Henry on scoring his maiden First Class century for New South Wales today against South Australia in Adelaide. Scott was part of the first group of players to be invited to train at the Ageas Bowl within the EICA and was the club’s overseas player in 2013 scoring nearly 600 league runs. Congratulations also go to Damien Mortimer who was recently called up to a Cricket Australia squad to play against the touring South African team in a T20.
Double Promotion Delight
Lymington are celebrating a double promotion as Mark Gannaway’s Third XI joined Ollie Kelly’s Second XI in securing promotion. The Third XI finished third in County One West losing only three games all season and will play next season in County Four South.
Welcome to our new club sponsors…
Lymington Cricket Club are delighted to announce a three year agreement with Crestwood of Lymington. Crestwood are specialists in soft furnishings, curtains, blinds and floorings, as well as bespoke sofas and chairs, and restaurant chairs and tables. They also offer design advice and an installation service. They are a local company based at Ampress Trading Estate opposite the Co-operative petrol station. They were originally situated at the top end of Lymington High Street next to the Tile shop which is now part of their business.
Part of the deal is that the four Saturday league teams plus all the Colts teams will wear Crestwood logoed shirts which will be provided by Crestwood. There will also be Crestwood Player of the Month awards and paid up members will be eligible for any special promotions. Their premises at Ampress will include an area for Lymington CC merchandising and clothing.
The sponsorship agreement runs from 1st November 2014 and we ask all our members to support our new headline sponsors. Please visit their website to view their product range: www.crestwoodoflymington.com
The date and venue of the Club’s 207th AGM will be Friday the 21st of November in the Pheonix Room at Lymington Community Centre from 7.30pm. If you have any resolutions please email them to the club Secretary fourteen days before the AGM date. The minutes and agenda of the meeting will be forwarded shortly.
After meeting drinks will be held in The Angel & Blue Pig.
Please support this annual event which gives all of our members an opportunity to air their views.
End of season winners
Lymington Cricket Club celebrated the end of another successful season in some style at the Sports Ground last Saturday. The trophy winners were: First XI – Damien Mortimer, Second XI – Martin Gregory; Third XI – Alex Treagus; Fourth XI – Chris Tollerfield, Best All Rounder – Guy Layman, Best Colt in Senior Cricket – Asa Drodge; Clubman Award – Mags Pritchett. Photos of the evening can be seen here.
Oliver’s Army are on their way… to the Southern Premier League!
Lymington Second XI are champions of the Hampshire League! Their win at Ellingham not only clinched the title, but also ensured the team returned to the Southern Electric Premier Cricket League for the first time since 2001. With leaders Portchester’s match postponed in the morning, Lymo knew that a maximum 24 point haul against Ellingham would be enough to snatch the title by the tiniest of margins. On his final appearance for the club, Australia-bound Damien Edwards delivered perhaps his best bowling performance, taking five wickets as Ellingham were bowled out for just 73. Opening batsmen Edwards and Cameron Grierson then guided Lymington home without loss, protecting that crucial 24th point in the process. Match report. Winning the title is an incredible achievement for a side that didn’t record its first victory until June 7th.
The First XI signed off the season with a disappointing 68 run defeat by Alton and finished in seventh place in the SEPCL final table Report. Scotty Tapper scored a superb century for the Thirds who beat Bashley by 74 runs at Pennington Sports Ground to finish third in HCL West One. Tapper Senior grabbed four wickets to complete a good day for the family. Report. Down at Woodside Bashley Fifth XI bowled Lymington Fourths out for just 73 before recording a seven wicket win. Chris Tollerfield’s young side finished the season in 11th place in HCL South West 3.
A Tale of Two Aussies
With the end of the season almost upon us, our resident Australians Damien Mortimer and Luke Marshall reflect on their respective times with the club. More…
Second XI promotion quest goes to the wire
Despite comfortably defeating United Services by 10 wickets, Lymington Second XI will have to win away at Ellingham to guarantee promotion back to the Southern League. Guy Layman was the chief destroyer as he claimed five wickets in dismissing the opposition for only 75 before Cameron Grierson 36no and Damien Edwards 21no ensured an early finish Report. Promotion rivals Portchester, Ventnor and Gosport all recorded comprehensive victories to set up an exciting final weekend of the season.
Elsewhere the First XI collapsed from a promising 123-2 to 159 all out against leaders Havant. Damien Mortimer continued his good form with 59 and Ryan Scott added 44 before the Havant spinners ran through the middle order. Paul McCann then produced a fiery spell in taking 3-14 but could not prevent the team from a five wicket defeat. Report
Simon Naylor recorded back to back centuries as the Third XI ran up a massive 274 at Woodside. Naylor scored 113no in a partnership of 178 with Finn Ambrose who scored 82, Chairman Peter Tapper then took five wickets in dismissing Mudeford for 135. Report
The Fourth XI dispelled any relegation fears with a four wicket victory at New Milton. After bowling New Milton out for 120, they eventually ran out comfortable victors after an early innings wobble.
‘Our best win so far’ says proud Lymington captain
Delighted Lymington skipper Simon Beetham was in no doubt where Saturday’s win at leaders South Wilts ranks among his list of victories as captain. More…
Old friends and family meet up to remember Lymo legends
Lymington Cricket Club plays hosts this afternoon to a match to remember Jack Barrett and Bill Craft. The two great friends and former Lymington teammates sadly died within a few weeks of each other last year. The tributes to the pair which appeared on this website can be found here. The match starts at 2.30pm.
South Wilts Mortified
Damien Mortimer produced his finest Lymington performance so far, scoring a magnificent unbeaten century and taking three wickets as Lymo pulled off one of the shocks of the season at leaders South Wilts. The fact that it came just hours after Lymington’s drubbing by the same opposition in the T20 final at the Ageas Bowl made it all the more satisfying, and it means that Lymington have lost just one of their last eight SEPCL matches. Report. Full scorecard featuring Morts’ great performance here. Elsewhere, another Aussie – Damian Edwards – also scored a ton as Lymington Seconds recorded a 120 run win over Locks Heath to leave them just behind leaders Portchester in HCL1 with two matches to play Report. A third centurian (possibly a club record?) – Simon Naylor – rolled back the years with 108 for Lymington Third XI who defeated Hyde by 132 runs Report. The Fourth XI were defeated by 125 runs against Bournemouth IV at Woodside.
Lymington wilt under the lights
Sometimes in life you just have to admit you were beaten by the better team on the day (or night, in this case). That was perhaps the brutal truth as T20 kings South Wilts ended Lymington’s impressive cup run in emphatic fashion under the Ageas Bowl floodlights last night. Damien Mortimer was the one bright spot for Lymo, taking 4-26 as South Wilts totalled 184-7. Lymington’s reply never really got going against South Wilts’ all-spin opening attack. Even the talismatic Darren Cowley couldn’t save Lymo on this occasion, scoring 26 before becoming one of Dom Ducellier’s five wickets as Ed Ellis’ team slumped to 78 all out from just 16 overs. A full report of the match can be found on the SEPCL website here…
However, Lymington’s 106 run mauling against a very impressive South Wilts team shouldn’t detract from an incredible cup run which saw saw some of the best team and individual performances in recent years and, in the semi-final, one of the most exciting run chases in the club’s history.
Lymington have little time to dwell on last night’s defeat as they get straight back into league action today against… South Wilts!
Lymo name their final XI…
Lymington have announced their team to face South Wilts in the final of the T20 Cup at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow night. The team, who completed their preparations for the big match with an impromptu fielding session under the Sports Ground floodlights tonight, includes Ed Ellis, Damien Mortimer, Ben Rogers, Ryan Scott, Darren Cowley, Felix Ambrose, Simon Beetham, Kieran Moors, Guy Layman and Ed Freeman. Paul McCann is the unlucky man to miss out, and he undertakes the 12th man duties with Cameron Grierson who is still recovering from the broken arm he sustained against Bashley earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, good luck messages have been received from far-flung parts of the world. South Australia Redbacks batsman (and former Lymo overseas star) Sam Raphael tweeted: ‘Good luck to @LymoCC on Friday playing in the SEPCL t20 final @TheAgeasBowl. Great club and people! Go well lads!’ And Lymington legend Robin Goff wrote from Canada ‘Here’s wishing you all the best at the Rose Bowl on Friday. I hope Eddie’s toe stands the strain!’
A souvenir programme will be available at the match. It will feature interviews with both team captains, while Christian Pain looks back at the 2009 final. Club President Jerry Holts selects his all-time greatest Lymington XI. To find out if Taps makes the side, be sure to get hold of your copy at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow night. The programme is free, although donations for Help for Heroes and Macmillan Cancer Support will be gratefully received.
Lymington’s Mr Longevity
If there’s one player in the Lymington dressing room at the Ageas Bowl on Friday night who typifies the heart and soul of the club then it is surely Ed Freeman. Now in his 26th season, evergreen Ed continues to defy the laws of ageing, and his wicket-taking performances have played a key role in the club’s march to the T20 final. Ahead of the big match we look back at Ed’s 26 years with the club. more…
Simon Naylor has organised a coach to take some of the Lymington supporters to Ageas Bowl for the T20 final against South Wilts. The coach will be leaving the Sports Ground at 5.30pm on Friday. If anybody is interested in going on the coach please contact email@example.com
First XI captain Simon Beetham scored 56 not out as Lymington defeated St Cross by the narrowest of margins, one wicket at The Sports Ground on Saturday. Chasing 212 to win, Damien Mortimer started the chase well scoring 72 before Lymington fell to 167-9. Beetham and evergreen seamer Ed Freeman then produced an undefeated 49 run partnership to see the team home. Earlier Matt Metcalfe took three wickets as St Cross recovered from 120-8 to finish on 211 Report. The Second XI continued their promotion push with a comprehensive 100 run victory at Fareham & Crofton. Drew Robinson 80 and skipper Ollie Kelly 51 led the team to 244-9 before Martin Gregory destroyed the home teams top order by taking 4 early wickets as Fareham finished on 143 all out Report. At Woodside opening bowlers Alex Treagus 5-13 and Asa Drodge 4-14 shared all of the wickets to bowl out Alderholt for just 28. This left captain Mark Gannaway and Mark Jackson to lead the Third XI to a 10 wicket victory as the game only lasted 18 overs Report. Unfortunately the Fourth XI were called off away to Mudeford.
Lest we forget… Cecil Halliday Abercrombie
As the nation commemorates the centenary of the start of World War One, it’s worth sparing a thought for one Lymington cricketer who lost his life during the conflict. The promising 20 year old naval Lieutenant Cecil Halliday Abercrombie first played for the club during the 1906 season. Although the reporting of matches around that time was somewhat sporadic, Abercrombie is mentioned in several accounts of Lymington games during that and the following season, scoring a half century in the drawn match with Deanery and 42 and five wickets against New Milton. Among Abercrombie’s teammates was H.C. Heppenstall, later to become president of Lymington Cricket Club. Abercrombie went on to play for Hampshire in 1913, enjoying a brief but highly successful first class career, scoring four centuries in just 16 matches. He made 126 on his Hampshire debut against Oxford University at Southampton and 144 against Worcestershire at Dudley. His highest score of 165 came against Essex at Leyton when he put on 325 for the seventh wicket with George Brown who finished unbeaten on 140. In first class matches that year he scored 936 runs at an average of 35.92.
Abercrombie was also a talented rugby player, representing Scotland six times and scoring a try against France in 1911.
Sadly, Abercrombie’s blossoming sporting career was cut short by the war. In 1916 he was serving on the cruiser HMS Defence. On 31st May the ship saw action during the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval engagement of the war. Escorting the main body of the British Grand Fleet, the ship was fired upon by a German battlecruiser and four dreadnoughts as she attempted to engage a disabled German light cruiser. She was struck by two salvoes from the German ships that detonated her rear magazine. The fire from that explosion spread to the ship’s secondary magazines, which exploded in turn. Abercrombie, along with every other member of the near 900 crew, was lost.
Lieutenant Cecil Halliday Abercrombie’s name is listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. 289 first class and four test cricketers were killed during the First World War. England’s poor showings in the years following the War has been attributed to the loss of so many talented young players.
Ageas Bowl here we come!
Lymington will meet South Wilts in the final of the SEPCL T20 competition under the Ageas Bowl floodlights after a thrilling 5 wicket victory over Havant at The Sports Ground. Chasing a massive Havant total of 193 Damien Mortimer (51) and Darren Cowley (61) put Lymington within touching distance of the total before Dominic Hand (35no) saw the team over the finish line with five balls to spare Report. The final will take place on Friday the 15th of August, Lymington then travel to South Wilts the next day to play a league game!
On Saturday Ben Rogers produced a remarkable batting performance in scoring 110 from only 71 balls as the First XI chased down the Hampshire Academy total of 205 to win by six wickets Report. Elsewhere the Second and Third XI’s were both involved in very tight finishes. The Second XI recovered from 73-7 to post 231 as Guy Layman (80) and Kieran Moors (46) added over 100 for the ninth wicket. Gosport then cruised to 146-2 from 25 overs before Luke Marshall (4-40) started another comeback which was finished off by Layman as Gosport were bowled out for 221 Report. The Third XI ended an agonising 2 runs short of chasing Brockenhurst’s total of 211 at Woodside. David Coles (44) and Simon Naylor (53) combined to provide a good platform before Finn Ambrose (46) took the team to brink of victory before falling two runs short Report.
Big weekend looms for Lymo
First XI captain Simon Beetham is hoping his team can bounce back from defeat to Ventnor last week as they play the Hampshire Academy in the last of the all day games this coming Saturday at the Ageas Bowl. At the Sports Ground the Second XI host Gosport and are boosted by the return of former First XI captain Christian Pain and the Third XI welcome Brockenhurst to Woodside. The Fourth XI have no game this weekend.
On Sunday the visitors to the Sports Ground are Havant in the SEPCL T20 semi-final. Ed Ellis has a full strength squad to choose from and is hoping for a win that would see Lymington return to the Ageas Bowl for the first time since 2009. The final will be under floodlights against either South Wilts or Sarisbury.
Summer Coaching Courses
If the current Test match at the Ageas Bowl has whetted your appetite for more cricket, places are still available on a five day coaching course which will be held at Lymington Cricket Club from Monday 11th to Friday 15th August. The course, which is suitable for 6 to 14 year old children of all abilities, is being run by Hampshire Cricket and will take place from 10am-3pm each day. For full details please call 02380 472002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book a place via the Hampshire Cricket summer coaching course website.
Cup final win caps near perfect season for Under 13A team
Many congratulations to the victorious Lymington U13A team who today beat Winterslow by seven wickets the New Forest Junior Cricket Association cup final at Langley Manor. Hugo Smith’s three wickets helped restrict Winterslow to 93 for 7 off their 20 overs before Thomas Sykes (29 not out), Aaron Jefferies (22) and Sam Stockton (12 not out) helped Lymo reach their victory target with more than nine overs to spare.
The cup win capped a fantastic season for the U13A squad who were already winners of the NFJCA South League with ten straight league wins. Their only loss of the season came in the league play off final against Totton & Eling where an understrength Lymington squad still put up a gallant effort. So a total of 16 matches played, 15 wins and 1 defeat. Read more about the Under 13A cup win and their season….
Firsts and Seconds suffer a Wightwash
Ventnor made it a day to forget for both Lymington First and Second XIs. In SEPCL Premier Division the Islanders bowled out Lymo for just 135 at the Sports Ground before wrapping up a seven wicket win. Report. The defeat leaves Lymington in deep trouble at the foot of the table. Meanwhile, over on the Island Lymington Seconds, shorn of several key players due to matrimonial matters, fared only a little better at Steephill, losing by six wickets. The Thirds won a thriller by two runs at Burley where Simon Mayes scored a classy half century. Report. Chris Tollerfield’s prolific season continued as he scored 81 for the Fourth XI at Woodside. Sadly, Tolly’s efforts were in vain as visitors Parley secured a six wicket win.
Sports Ground hosts fantastic Carnival Day
Lymington Sports Ground saw its largest crowds in many a year as it hosted the town’s Carnival Fete on Sunday. The clubhouse was turned into a cafe for the day, selling tea and cakes, while the club also ran the beer tent. There were kwik Cricket and training demos, while singer-songwriter (and Lymo opening bowler) Martin Gregory played the main stage in the afternoon. Thanks go to all those who helped make the event such a massive success. Photos.
Victory eludes First XI, Seconds march on
Lymington almost clinched a crucial SEPCL win at Burridge, but had to settle for a losing draw. Chasing the home side’s 204-9 they finished just 7 runs short on 197-9. On his comeback after injury Edward Freeman produced a season’s best 5-61, while Damian Edwards top-scored for Lymo with 56. Captain Simon Beetham (41no) almost clawed his team over the line after they had been 126-6 at one stage. In HCL1 Luke Marshall scored another half century as the Second XI extended their winning run to seven matches. They defeated Hook & Newnham Basics II by 14 runs at the Sports Ground to consolidate their second place in the table. Inspired by Neil Trestrail’s 61, the Third XI recorded a 38 run win over Fawley III at Woodside. It was the Thirds’ seventh win in eight matches. The Fourth XI had a fruitless trip to Suttoners where they were beaten by 45 runs.
Last over defeat for Lymo in Stone Cup final
Lymington’s bid to win the Stone Cup for the first time since 1974 ended in failure as Pylewell Park clinched a five wicket win with just four balls to spare. In front of a sizeable crowd at the the Sports Ground the game ebbed and flowed, but it was young David Woolgar’s half century that ultimately won the match for Pylewell. Photos
Unbeaten Under 13s close in on the treble
Lymington Under 13A team are on the brink of a magnificent treble. They defeated Redlynch & Hale by 8 wickets on Wednesday night in the semi final of the NFCCA cup to book a place in the final on Sunday 27th July at Langley Manor.
Last night they made it 10 league wins out of 10 as they defeated Hythe & Dibden by 130 runs to clinch the Under 13 South league title. The league play off final takes place this Sunday at Calmore where they will face a Totton & Eling side who they have already defeated by 2 runs in a real nailbiter in the quarter final of the cup. In that match Totton only required four runs from the last over of the match with nine wickets in hand. Incredibly, three run outs and some tight bowling saw Lymo home to an improbable victory.
Sensational Cowley completes a perfect weekend for Lymo
An incredible 35 ball T20 century from Darren Cowley finished off a fantastic weekend for Lymington. Cowley’s blistering hundred, which included 10 sixes and 8 fours, helped Lymo total a massive 232-4 (Mortimer 40, Rogers 36). Visitors Hartley Witney were then dismissed for 91 to give Lymington a 141 run winning margin. Lymo are joined by Sarisbury, South Wilts and either Havant or Tichborne Park in the semi-finals on August 4th. Match Report. See the moment Darren reached the magical three figures here. And lots of photos of the match here.
The T20 victory made it six wins from six over the weekend. The First XI finally got their second win of the season yesterday as they defeated Totton & Eling by five wickets at the Sports Ground. Damien Mortimer’s half century set Lymo on their way to victory after the visitors had been restricted to 215-7. See the moment Felix Ambrose hit the winning runs here. There’s no stopping the Second XI at the moment. They scored 240-7 before bowling out St Cross III for 147 Report. The Thirds cruised to a nine wicket win at Southampton Travellers while Chris Tollerfield smashed 147 at Woodside where the Fourth XI recorded a 68 run win over Hythe & Dibden III.
Holy Cow! Dazza’s at it again!
Darren Cowley continued his fine run of form in the shorter form of the game as Lymington defeated Langley Manor to lift the Presidents Cup. Man of the match Cowley smashed 67 as Lymo amassed 166-5. Langley Manor were restricted to 100-6 in reply. Hear captain Ed Ellis’ views on the match here. Attention now turns to the SEPCL where Lymington desperately need a result against Totton & Eling at the Sports Ground tomorrow. Then, on Sunday, Lymo take on Hartley Wintney for a place in the last four of the T20 competition.
Beefy bullish ahead of huge weekend
Lymington First XI skipper Simon Beetham has been giving his views ahead of this weekend’s three crucial matches.
The young captain is looking forward to the prospect of a cup final against Langley Manor followed by a vital SEPCL clash with Totton & Eling and a T20 quarter final tie with Hartley Wintney in the space of three days, even though the matches come at a time when Lymo have a few injury concerns. He said: “Hopefully the injuries won’t play too much of a role. It’s not easy for us as a group to play three important and demanding games in such close proximity, but that said we have a strong squad; so we should be fine. Ed Freeman is the real concern… his age being the concern!”.
He added: “It’s always good to be playing cricket. We have a strong side for the short format, with lots of enthusiasm for it. We just need to transfer that to the longer formats on Saturdays. We may be at the bottom for now, but a string of good performances and we’ll be up the table and enjoying ourselves a lot more”.
Simon admits that he doesn’t know too much about Langley Manor or Hartley Wintney. “I’ve been doing my homework though, and I’ll have a better idea come game time. I prefer to focus on us and not worry too much about how good, bad or indifferent the opposition are”.
Strictly speaking, Simon won’t actually be the captain for either of the cup games, having handed that responsibility to his Saturday vice captain Ed Ellis at the start of the season. But, if Lymington are fortunate enough to find themselves in a good position to win the cup, will Simon re-claim the captain’s arm-band and take all the glory? “Most definitely! No, Ed has been a good captain in the T20s. He has some different but effective ideas. It has allowed me to focus on my own game a bit more, which helped in the last round as I got some wickets. Ed and I have worked well together this summer and him as captain gives us a different look”.
So, has Simon’s first season as captain been harder or easier than he’d expected? “It hasn’t gone quite to plan, either as a team or personally. The group we have is very capable, which I knew going into the season, but we’ve not played to our potential. As captain, I’ve been learning a lot. I think that what I’ve learnt thus far will help me with trying to keep us up and get us back onto a positive run of games. We just need a couple of things to go our way and a bit of luck and there’ll be no stopping us”.
Felix stars as Lymo hang on for an important draw
A less than thrilling local derby at the Sports Ground saw Lymington draw with Bashley (Rydal). Chasing the visitors’ massive 324-5, Lymington ground their way to 153-5 at the close. Lymington’s injury woes continued when Cameron Grierson broke his arm whilst batting and now joins Darren Cowley on the sidelines. On the plus side, Felix Ambrose scored his first SEPCL half century and Damien Mortimer (51) continued his good run of form. Report. Joel Sutherland scored 64 as the Second XI kept up their winning run and moved to second place in HCL Division One. Lymington’s 244-7 proved too much for Bournemouth II who were dismissed for 200. Report. The Thirds also continued in their winning ways, defeating CBBEA by 32 runs at Woodside. Report. The Fourth XI completed an unbeaten day for Lymington’s four league sides with a narrow two wicket win at Hordle, Josh Bowring top scoring with 46 as Lymo overhauled Hordle’s 148-8.
Another cup final appearance for Lymo…
Lymington’s fine cup form continued tonight as they made it through to the Stone Cup final on July 18th after beating Burley by 43 runs at the Sports Ground. Bryn Darbyshire (84no) and Conor Moors (74no) helped Lymo reach 173-1 before the visitors were restricted to 130-5 in reply. Darbyshire dedicated his innings to his new nephew Charlie. Meg Gannaway, meanwhile, will be aiming to be the first Lymington captain since 1934 to lift the old trophy. Report and Interview.
Meanwhile, Lymington’s opponents in the President’s Cup final on Friday July 11th will be Langley Manor who defeated holders New Milton in their semi-final.
Dazzling Cowley seals quarter final slot
Darren Cowley smashed 6 sixes and 10 fours as Lymo cruised into the quarter finals of the SEC T20 competition with a 9 wicket win over local rivals Bashley at the BCG. Cowley (90no) and Damien Mortimer (48no) added an unbeaten second wicket stand of 114 as Lymington overhauled Bashley’s 141-8 with more than three overs to spare. Edward Freeman had earlier helped reduce the hosts to 13-3 before Richard Morris hit a quickfire 63. Simon Beetham also chipped in with 3-24. Scorecard and Report. Joining Lymo in the quarter finals in a fortnight are Havant, South Wilts, Sarisbury, Paultons and Tichborne Park. The OTs & Romsey v Basingstoke and Andover v Hartley Wintney matches are still to be played.
Firsts washed out; Second and Thirds both win
The First XI had a long and frustrating trip to Alton, reaching 32-2 when rained stopped play for the day. Back at the Sports Ground, Damien Edwards (51) and Joel Sutherland (36) got their joint stag party off to a good start as Lymington Second XI rattled up 251-9 against Rowledge II. The visitors were then dismissed for just 75 with Guy Layman and Luke Marshall both taking three wickets Report. Simon Naylor rolled back the years at Woodside as Lymington Third XI beat the weather and opponents Godshill too. Naylor’s 86 not out helped Lymo to 219-7 before the visitors were restricted to 141-5 in reply Report. Nick Nineham’s 91 for the Fourth XI was to no avail as Parley II reached their rain-reduced target of 111 for the loss of five wickets.
All roads lead to Bashley!
Having already been drawn away at Bashley in the T20 cup next Sunday, Lymington make the short trip across the Forest tomorrow night (Monday 23rd June) to play their neighbours in the semi-finals of the President’s Cup.
Mortimer’s 93 all to no avail
Damien Mortimer produced his best innings of the summer so far, but it wasn’t enough to save Lymo from a five wicket defeat by an impressive Havant side at the Sports Ground. The young Aussie opener scored 93 in a Lymington total of 227-7, but with Pete Hopson hitting a century, the visitors made it home with plenty of overs to spare Report. Damien’s post match interview.
Tom Atkins smashed a big century at Ryde as Lymington Second XI continued their good run of form. Atkins’ 137 helped Lymo make 309-9, before the Islanders were dismissed for just 135 with Joel Sutherland taking four wickets Report. The Third XI had a fruitless trip to the lovely Dean Park ground in Bournemouth, losing to Suttoners by nine wickets after being skittled for just 93 Report. Team performance of the weekend was arguably the Fourth XI who chased down Camelot’s 173 all out to win by one wicket in the final over with Under 13 Charlie Hampton, in his first senior match, hitting the winning runs after captain Chris Tollerfield had slogged his way to 102. Earlier, another Under 13 Andrew Deakin had taken 5 wickets, including a hat-trick. Click here to see captain Tollerfield’s thoughts on the match, and here to hear from hat-trick hero Deakin.
It’s Bashley away again in the T20
Lymington have been drawn away to Bashley in the second round of the SEC T20 Cup. Simon Beetham’s men will be looking to avenge the 86 run drubbing handed out by Bash in the same competition two years ago.
Lymington Girls defend title!
For the second season in a row the first piece of cricketing silverware for the season has arrived in Lymington courtesy of the Girls U12 team who returned from sunny Southsea rosy cheeked, windswept,tired and victorious on Sunday evening after competing in the annual Portsmouth G day Festival. (more…)
Lymington outgunned by champions
Lymington slumped to a 169 run defeat against current champions South Wilts despite a gritty rearguard action from Ed Ellis. Chasing the visitors’ huge 312-7, and outplayed for virtually the entire match, Lymington almost held on for an unlikely draw thanks to Ellis (33 not out), but were finally bowled out with just a few minutes of the match remaining Report and photos. Elsewhere, the Second XI defeated Sarisbury Athletic by 69 runs with Luke Marshall (66) and Drew Robinson (50 not out) among the runs Report. The Thirds made hard work of their nailbiting win over Damerham with last pair Simon Mayes (51 not out) and Asa Drodge guiding Lymo home Report, while Chris Tollerfield’s second consecutive half century couldn’t save his Fourth XI from a sizeable defeat against Cadnam Seconds. Sunday saw Lymington score 242 against Zombies CC (Cameon Grierson 61, Felix Ambrose 71) before the visitors replied with 150-3. Included in the Zombies’ side was 87 year old Bill Hindley who bowled eight tight overs and then umpired for 40 overs after tea!
Lymo advance in two competitions
Lymington are safely through to the next rounds of both the SEC T20 and Presidents’ cups. Lymo defeated Totton & Eling by 33 runs in the first round of the T20 competition at the Sports Ground last Sunday (report). The following night Lymington advanced to the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup thanks to a 44 run win at Fawley in a rain-interrupted match that eventually finished at 9.20pm! (report).
Another T20 classic in store today?
Lymington host Totton & Eling today (3pm) in the first round of the SEC T20 competition. The two sides have met twice since the inception of the twenty-twenty competition, with both matches producing thrilling finishes.
In 2011 a magnificent individual display from Darren Cowley saw Lymington win a nailbiting quarter-final tie at Southern Gardens. The Dorset left hander scored a blistering 53 off just 27 balls as Lymington totalled 157-9, and then took 5-16 as the home side fell just 5 runs short.
Three years earlier second division Lymington came agonisingly close to pulling off a huge cup upset before falling to a heartbreaking last ball defeat against a Totton & Eling side who were at that time the national club champions. Defending a modest 121 for 8, Lymington looked to have booked their place in the finals day at the Rose Bowl as their illustrious hosts slipped well behind the run rate. However, Rob Franklin dragged the Eels back into the match with 14 off the penultimate over, and it all came down to the last ball of the match. With Totton requiring three for victory, James Manning smashed Christian Pain’s final delivery into the car park to seal an unlikely victory.
For older Lymingtonians the match also revives memories of the club’s triumphant SEC Cup run in 2001 when Totton were defeated by 11 runs in the quarter-finals.
Aussie duo talk exclusively to LCCTV
Click here to find out what Second XI batting heroes Damien Edwards and Luke Marshall said to LCCTV’s Anchormacann about their respective parts in Lymo’s comprehensive defeat of rivals New Milton.
The Fourth XI captain speaks…
Fourth XI skipper Chris Tollerfield talks here about his superb half-century and being bombed by the Red Arrows!
Three wins out of four for Lymo
The First XI were the only Lymington team to taste defeat today. They fell to a narrow two wicket defeat at St Cross (report). Elsewhere, Damien Edwards’ brilliant 126no and Luke Marshall’s half century helped the Twos record a crushing 179 run win over local rivals New Milton, while Josh Goodchild took five wickets for the Thirds who defeated Exbury by four wickets (report). There was a thrilling end to the Fourth XI match at Woodside where Lymo, chasing Milford’s modest 93 all out, slipped from 80 for no wicket to 91-8 before under 13 starlet Cameron Robertson calmly smashed the winning runs. The batting collapse coincided with a magnificent display from the Red Arrows above the Woodside ground. Indeed, play was held up a couple of times as the jets zoomed around almost directly overhead! (report)
Calling all Waitrose shoppers!
As part of their national cricket sponsorship of the England team Waitrose have declared June as “Green Tokens for cricket clubs” with three clubs local to each Waitrose branch benefiting to the tune £1000 which will be spread between the three nominated clubs. Please keep an eye out for our section at Waitrose and support the club.
As a club we have decided to provide specialist coaching for local youngsters who suffer either from a physical disability or learning difficulties. The idea is to provide a session at this years Lymington and Pennington Community Carnival which is being hosted courtesy of Lymington Cricket Club at our Sports Ground on Sunday July 20th.
It’s a clean sweep!
For the first time this season Lymington managed a clean sweep on Saturday. Unfortunately it was a clean sweep that we won’t want to see again as all four teams lost! The First XI lost to the Hampshire Academy by 18 runs despite Ryan Scott registering his first half century for the club. The Academy scored 197-3 from their 50 overs before Scott 53 and Dom Hand 49 led Lymington 133-4 before a collapse saw the innings end on 179. The Second XI bowled Portchester out for 126, with Martin Gregory taking three wickets before being bowled out themselves for 102. The Third XI lost by 6 wickets to Hythe & Dibden despite scoring 201, Neil Trestrail 57 and the Fourth XI suffered a second successive defeat this time to Brockenhurst.
Fingers crossed for some cricket!
It’s finally looking good for some cricket this coming weekend! Simon Beetham will want his First XI to continue their winning start when they welcome the Hampshire Academy to The Sports Ground whilst the Second XI travel down the M27 to face Portchester. The Third XI travel to Hythe & Dibden II looking to build on their impressive start and the Fourth XI will be keen to get their first win of the season aganist Brockenhurst II at Woodside.
Peter Williams RIP
Lymington Cricket Club are saddened to report the death of former player Peter Williams at just 56 years of age. ‘Willow’ played a key part in the club’s 1983 Southern League title success and was generally regarded as one of the greatest players in Lymington’s history.
The South African all rounder had first played at the Sports Ground for the Kingsmead Minnahs touring team in 1982, staying on after the tour to play a few games for Lymington at the tail end of the season. Although he was undone by the pace of the pitches in those first few games, it was immediately apparent that Williams was a high quality batsman in the classical style. This he proved the following summer when he returned to Lymington to notch up just under 500 runs at an average of 62 as Lymington were unbeaten all season and romped to the championship in emphatic fashion.
What was more surprising was Williams’ bowling. On arrival in England he claimed to be just a ‘net’ bowler, but before long he was opening the bowling and taking lots of wickets with his lively inswingers. As Jerry Holt remembers, “with the new ball he was quite a handful and certainly caused many Southern League batsmen problems. In the game against Deanery he had John Harris caught at short leg – that didn’t happen very often.”
During that same Deanery fixture Williams took 3 for 10 off 12 overs, and although his propensity to swing the ball did lead to a few wides on occasions, his season’s haul of 27 wickets came at a highly commendable average of 12.4. Like most cricketers from the Southern Hemisphere he was fiercely competitive on the pitch, and also a superb fielder. Williams played at the highest club level in Natal, and also made 50 First Class appearances for Natal and Eastern Province, scoring a total of 1,870 runs. As well as being a fine cricketer, Williams was hugely popular and got on well with just about everyone he met at Lymington.
Journalist Mike Vimpany remembers Willow as “one of the classiest players to ever play in the old Southern League”, while Steve Coltman recalls “an excellent thoughtful player and a nice guy”. Perhaps the biggest accolade of all came from current club chairman Peter Tapper, a teammate of Williams in the title winning ‘Invincibles’ side, who suggested that Willow would probably be regarded as the best cricketer ever to have played for Lymington.
Rain wins again
It was another frustrating weekend for Lymington Cricket Club as once again the bad weather ensured that no cricket was played over the bank holiday weekend.
Weekend round up
Dom Hand (72no) and Matt Metcalfe (53no) combined for an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 111 to defeat Burridge by five wickets on Saturday at a sun drenched Sports Ground. Earlier captain Simon Beetham led from the front by taking four wickets to restrict the visitors to 160. The Second XI lost to Shrewton by 32 runs despite Damien Edwards scoring 84 and Joel Sutherland scoring 40. Wicket-keeper Ed Molloy produced a remarkable spell of left arm swing bowling in taking 5-18 to help the Third XI bowl Pylewell out for 60 before winning by seven wickets. The Fourth XI suffered a heavy opening day defeat to Winton Second XI, Winton scored 211 before bowling Lymo out for only 45.
There was an exciting finish at The Sports Ground on Sunday as Southampton University defeated Lymo by the narrowist of margins, one run! The University batted first and amassed 174 before Keiran Moors (76) and Bryn Darbyshire (48no) took Lymo to the brink of victory before the last wicket went down.
For updates and latest scores follow @LymoCC on our Twitter site.
Finally some cricket!!
The 2014 league season is finally set to start this weekend with some decent weather belatedly arriving. The First XI are unchanged from last weeks aborted game at Totton & Eling and welcome newly promoted Burridge to the Sports Ground. The Second XI hand a debut to Australian Luke Marshall as they venture into Wiltshire to play Shrewton. The Third XI make the short trip to Pylewell and Chris Tollerfield makes his captaincy debut for the Fourth XI at Woodside against Winton II.
Rain is the winner again
Once again the weather meant that no cricket was played over the weekend. The First XI completed 42 overs in between the showers at Totton & Eling before one last deluge halted the match. Totton had reached 133-4 with Darren Cowley taking three wickets and Ryan Scott taking the other. The Second, Third and Fourth XI’s were all called off without a ball being bowled.
Lymo up for the cup… weather permitting!
Lymington travel to the grand surroundings of Dean Park in Bournemouth tomorrow (Saturday) to take on Dorset League Champions Parley in the first round of the ECB Royal London National Club Championship. There will be some new faces on show with Lymo set to field their three new signings from Bournemouth – Dom Hand, Ben Rogers and Ryan Scott, as well as Josh Goodchild from Alderholt. The match commences at 1pm. The Seconds also venture west to take on Wimborne & Colehill.
More recognition for the Colts section!
Congratulations to Cameron Robertson and Aaron Jeffries who have been selected for the Hampshire Under 13 squad for the forthcoming season. Cameron is a technically accomplished batsman and leg spin bowler, while Aaron is a hard-hitting batsman and quick bowler.
Nat West Cricket Force Day
Don’t forget that this year’s Nat West Cricket Force Day takes place at the Sports Ground this Sunday, 10am. The aim will be to spruce up the sightscreens, covers, practice nets and the ground in general ahead of the first matches of the season next week.
Mixed fortunes for Lymo sides at New Milton
A Lymington First XI were defeated in their opening pre-season friendly at New Milton last Saturday. Damien Edwards (42) and Cameron Grierson (40) scored the majority of Lymo’s modest 153 all out. Despite a brace of wickets for both Matt Metcalfe and new skipper Simon Beetham, Milton strolled to a five wicket victory. On the adjoining Fernhill pitch a Lymington Second XI fared a little better with Simon Naylor bludgeoning his way to a half century as Lymo reached their victory target of 194 with three wickets to spare.
Lymington Colts in exciting tie up with the Hampshire Coaching Association
Lymington Cricket Club are delighted to announce a new colts training programme in association with the HCA. Commencing on Monday the 5th of May we have a 12 week schedule where HCA will send two Senior coaches (level 2 or above) to oversee a structured programme with LCC’s own coaches helping to run things on the evening. Thanks to our club sponsors, Turbo Dynamics, the summer training/coaching programme will also be free!
Also included within the training programme are eight one hour 1-2-1 sessions at the Ageas Bowl, the coaching team will be looking closely for individuals to take advantage of those.
The season finally begins
After having both pre season games cancelled, Lymington finally start 2014 with a double header away at New Milton today (19 April). Simon Beetham will lead the First XI which will include new signings Dominic Hand and Ryan Scott.
We are delighted to announce that three of our girls have been selected to represent Hampshire this Summer. India Shakespeare U13 and Francesca Robertson and Jessica Pritchett both U11. Well done to all three!!
Congratulations also to Thea Larkin and Maisie Sanson who have been selected for the U14 district squad this season. We also have many representatives for the district at U12 age group as well, Francesca Robertson, Jess Pritchett, Ruby Noble, Isabella Hill, Nell Sanson and Grace Sanson. This squad have started the season in great style winning the first festival at Twyford school last Saturday.
Time to get your kit on
With the new season just a couple of weeks away don’t forget to place your kit orders with our kit suppliers Kalibazar who will be stocking playing shirts, sweaters, caps and a range of training kit. The club has its own page on their website which can be found by clicking here.
“I like a drink before, during and after the game” confesses Lymo’s new Aussie!
Click here to see how our new overseas player Damien Mortimer likes to stay hydrated. The highly rated Australia Under 19 batsman from Sydney arrives on April 30th and will make his debut against Bashley on May 3rd. We look forward to welcoming him to Lymington Cricket Club.
Hellos and Goodbyes
Lymington are thrilled to welcome Ryan Scott to the club for the 2014 season. Ryan has played for Bournemouth and the Hampshire Academy for the past two years and has spent the winter playing Grade cricket for Claremont Nedlands in Perth. For the first time in many years Lymington will have an overseas player for their 2nd XI this coming season. Australian Luke Marshall, who plays Grade cricket for Mount Eliza in Victoria is a top order batsman and will bolster Ollie Kelly’s batting line up. Also joining the club this year from Alderholt is Josh Goodchild. Josh has been captain of Alderholt for the last two seasons and will also strengthen the 2nd XI squad.
Lymington are sad to announce that club stalwart Glyn Treagus has left the club to play for Andover. Glyn departs as the clubs all time leading run scorer and wicket taker in the SEPCL and we would like to thank him for his efforts during his time at the club. Also leaving the club are 2013 captain Ali Jaffer, David Kidner, who has returned to Bournemouth and Rob O’Brien who has re-joined Paultons.
14 March 2014
Ray Flood RIP
Lymington Cricket Club are sad to report the death of Ray Flood at the age of 78. Ray was a former player, honorary member and great friend of the club. He made his debut for Lymington as a 16 year old in 1950, scoring 85 against Pylewell Park. His talents were soon spotted by Hampshire for whom he went on to play 24 First Class matches with a top score of 138 not out against Sussex at Hove in 1958. Click here to read an article about Ray from 2005.
12 March 2014
Lymington Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Australia Under 19 star Damien Mortimer (pictured) will be the club’s overseas player for the coming 2014 season. Damien is one of five exciting prospects arriving from Australia to take advantage of the link Cricket Australia has with the Elite International Cricket Academy at the Ageas Bowl. Damien is an opening batsman who has made over 20 appearances for Australia Under 19s, he has a highest score of 100 not out and also played in five games at the recent Under 19 World Cup in the UAE with a highest score of 43. To coincide with Damien’s arrival Lymington are also very happy to welcome Dominic Hand and Ben Rogers to the club for what will be a very young and talented First XI for the 2014 season. Dominic and Ben both played for Bournemouth last season and made an impressive impact on their first season in the SEPCL in which Bournemouth were unfortunately relegated.
3 March 2014
If any club member is interested in helping out at the Lymington & Pennington Community Carnival this year please contact Mish Frampton on 07786232324 or email email@example.com. The Fete, which is being hosted for the first time at The Sports Ground, is being held on Sunday the 20th of July and runs from 12 noon until approximately 6pm. This is going to be a massive community event which we are very proud to be a part of.
1 March 2014
Lymington Cricket Club now on Twitter
You can now follow us on Twitter. As well as keeping you up to date with all the latest news from Lymington CC, during the season we are hoping to tweet regular score updates from all our teams on a matchday. Follow us @LymoCC
7 February 2014
The Lymington CC Corporate golf day is scheduled for Wednesday 2nd April at Barton on Sea Golf Club. If you are interested in entering a team in this event please contact David Coles on 07764 656041 or by mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. The format is 27 holes in teams of four with plenty of prizes on offer.
7 February 2014
Lymington CC, in association with The Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions will be hosting the 2014 Lymington Carnival and Fete on Sunday the 20th of July at The Sports Ground. Our main role will be to provide a beer tent and cater for tea and cakes plus conducting a raffle in our clubhouse. More details will follow on this exciting joint venture.
7 February 2014
Lymington Cricket Club are pleased to announce that will be receiving our ClubMark certificate at the Hampshire Cricket League AGM on Thursday the 13th of February at the Ageas Bowl. Simon Jones of the Hampshire Cricket Board will be presenting our certificate to Chairman Peter Tapper who was instrumental in ensuring that we were re-accredited for the third time since 2007.
2 February 2014
An eye on the future!
Congratulations to the following Lymington colts who have been selected for winter District training: Alexander Brain, Tom Grisley, Henry Marriage, Hugo Marriage, Jordan Noble, Ruby Noble, Josh Royan and India Shakespeare.
8 January 2014
League Fixtures released
Lymington 1st XI will start their 2014 SEPCL campaign at local rivals Bashley on Saturday the 3rd of May. A week later the 2nd XI entertain newly promoted Ropley, the 3rd XI welcome Bramshaw 2nd XI to Woodside and new 4th XI captain Chris Tollerfield takes his team to Verwood. A week earlier Lymington travel to Dean Park to take on Dorset Premier League Champions Parley Sports in the ECB National Club Championship.
8 January 2014
Our 2014 indoor nets will commence on Wednesday the 22nd of January at Hordle Walhampton School, we have hired the hall from 8pm until 9.30pm.
1 January 2014
Happy New Year to all of our club members!
2013 News can be found here