2015 News Archive

20 December
Annual General Meeting : New Date
The club’s AGM will now be held at The Walhampton Arms on Thursday 7th January 2016 at 7.30pm. Please put this date in your diary.

19 December
John Chidsey RIP
Lymington CC is sad to report the death of John Chidsey who was a prolific batsman for the club between 1956 and 1970. John regularly topped the batting averages, scoring over 500 runs in 1961 and more than 400 on a number of other occasions including the 1964 season when he was the club’s player of the year. Former teammate Brian Hobby described John as ‘a quiet, almost shy man, who was always the perfect gentleman and a great asset to the club’.  More…

20 November
Annual General Meeting postponed
Please note that the club’s AGM scheduled for Friday 20th November has been postponed until January on a date yet to be confirmed. The club apologises for any inconvenience this late rescheduling may have caused.

10 November
Lymington CC Annual General Meeting: Friday November 20th
The 208th Lymington Cricket Club AGM will take place on Friday 20th November in the Phoenix Room at the Lymington Community Centre at 7.30pm. Any resolutions to be put forward should be sent to the secretary by Friday 13th NovemberMembers are requested to send their apologies to our secretary if they are unable to attend. During the meeting Richard Truscott will give an update on the proposed clubhouse redevelopment which is scheduled for the winter of 2016/17. As usual the idea is to adjourn to the Angel Inn for drinks following the AGM.

24 October
Lymington colts selected for New Forest District cricket
Congratulations to the following Lymington players who have been nominated for the New Forest District squad: Girls: Isabella Hill, Grace Sansom, Alice Wood, Catherine Wray (all under 12s); Ella Gillings, Nell Sansom, Tamasin Allen (all under 14s); Maisie Sansom (under 16s). And to the following boys: Henry Wood (under 9s); Marcus Wray and Nick Dodd (under 10s); Arthur Mann and Finn Walder (under 11s); Jamie Mass and Louis Tollerfield (under 12s); Will and Sam Usher (under 13s), Jensen Lightfoot, Jude Tollerfield, Tom Sykes and James Williams (all under 14s); and Aaron Jefferies (under 15s).

15 October
Old friends fly in from Down Under
DSC07968While many club members were saying farewell to Australia-bound Damien Edwards last weekend, two of Damo’s fellow countrymen were making the opposite journey to attend Martin Hunt’s wedding. Simon Cook and wife Di flew in from Sydney, while Tim Smith and wife Mel made the long journey from Melbourne. Cookie was a key member of Lymo’s 2009 T20 win at the Rose Bowl, while the larger-than-life Tim (pictured) became one of the most popular overseas players in the club’s history during his two years with Lymington the the late 1990s. At the wedding Tim reminisced with former Second XI teammates Edward Freeman, Trevor Phillips, Jerry Holt, Peter Tapper and Marty Hunt. The big man then showed that he’d not lost any of his moves on the dance floor, although even he had to concede defeat in the disco dance-off with the bridegroom’s father Chris.

14 October
Well done to the following colts…
U15 Aaron Jefferies – moving to the regional centre
U15 Cameron Robertson – County Boys Regional squad
U14 Hugo Smith – County Boys Regional Squad
U13 Josh Royan – County Boys Regional Squad

9 October
Congratulations to Martin & Katie
This Sunday sees former Lymo batsman Martin Hunt tie the knot with partner Katie at Hordle Church. Bookies are already offering odds on Marty pulling a muscle as he kneels down at the alter. The club sends the couple its best wishes for a happy and prosperous future together.

8 October
A fond farewell to Damien Edwards
The end of the 2015 season at Lymington Cricket Club was a particularly sad time for all those who played and socialised with the Australian legend that is Damien Edwards. The quiet and unassuming cricketer who hails from Dame Edna Everage’s Melbourne suburb of Mooney Ponds is returning to his native Australia with wife Amy after five highly productive years at Lymington Cricket Club. More…

18 September
This Girl Can… and Did!!
LCC LadiesOn Sunday, 15 Lymington Cricket Club Ladies, known as the Purble Cobras, made their way to IBM Hursley to play in the W10 Cup Final against Andover, Portsmouth and Old Netley & Highfield. Their first match was against Portsmouth which they won by 17 runs. Second match against Andover was lost by 14 runs. Third match against Old Netley was a real nailbiter which was won by 8 runs. As Old Netley and Lymington had both won two matches the overall winner was decided on wickets – and the Purple Cobras came out on top by 19 wickets. The Purple Cobras are an amazing team of bowlers, batters, wicket keepers and fielders. Everyone played above their ability. Congratulations to all the team and their coaches and helpers!

18 September
Figgy cleans up at the Lymington Open
The 28th Lymington CC Golf tournament took place at Brokenhurst Manor in glorious sunshine on Thursday 10th June. Eleven intrepid members strode the fairways and the rough mainly to locate stray balls which resulted in the longest rounds of golf ever recorded but did produce a winner in the good name of Mark Figgins with 35 points just beating Luigi Di Maria and David Coles whilst the rest of the field topped up their tans and probably matched the 100 years currently being celebrated by BMGC with similar scores. The course was in quality condition but it took its toll especially on last years champion Jon Hardy who went from hero to zero but his bag was lighter to carry by the time he had finished.
The Order of Merit is a two horse race with David Coles in the runners up position for the 28th consecutive year but he is getting closer to Peter Tapper and is now within three shots of actually winning this two horse race. Our thanks to David for his splendid organisation and prizes and we all agreed around the table to continue at Brock but to try and attract more members. Well done to Figgy on achieving his third win and to all the players who supported David.

10 September
All-conquering Under 13s make it a New Forest clean sweep
Lymington’s Under 13 side ended the season in fine style with a nine wicket win over Winterslow in their rain-delayed New Forest Cup Final at Langley Manor.  The success made it a hat-trick of trophies for Toby Sykes’ team who had previously won the New Forest South division and the North v South play-off final. More…

1 September
Lymington CC Annual Golf Day
Next Thursday (10th September) sees the 28th staging of the prestigious Lymington Cricket Golf Day at Brokenhurst Manor. Jon Hardy will be keen to defend his trophy and if we are blessed with the same weather as last year will be a very enjoyable day on a fabulous course. The cost is £52, first tee is 1pm, meet at Midday for coffee. Dinner will be approximately 6pm. Please contact David Coles via dcoles@lombard.co.uk if you would like to take part.

30 August
Bullocks bring the curtain down at the Sports Ground
The final home match of the 2015 season saw Birmingham Bullocks defeat Lymington off the very last ball of the innings. The match also saw Damien Edwards make his final appearance at the ground before departing back to Australia in October. The popular Aussie was fittingly given a guard of honour as he went out to bat for the final time – see the footage here. The match was followed by the usual lively celebrations, including a surprise visit from 80s boy band Bros. Click here to see photos of the match and celebrations and here to see Simon Naylor’s appalling dropped catch, Adie Hunt’s dismissal and post match interviews with captains Ambrose and Naylor.

29 August
End of season celebrations
Not even the rain could put a dampener of Lymington’s end of season party which included the club’s award presentations and a hog roast. The First XI player of the year was leading runscorer Ryan Scott. Conor Moors took the Second XI award while Hugo Ambrose gleefully accepted the Third XI prize. Chris Tollerfield once again walked off with the Fourth XI trophy. Ollie Kelly received the All Rounder Trophy and Cameron Roberston received the Best Colt in Senior Cricket. The Clubman trophy was awarded jointly to Richard Truscott and Linda Thomas for their tireless work in sorting out the club’s protracted lease negotiations with the Town Council. Click here for photos of the evening.

29 August
Rain ruins final day of the league season
Lymington Firsts and Seconds came within a couple of hours of completing an entire season without losing a match to the weather. Both were well placed in their respective matches when the rain arrived. The Firsts had bowled out visitors Ventnor for just 111 when their match was abandoned, Simon Beetham taking six wickets. The Seconds had dismissed Havant for 185. The Third XI’s abandonment  against Bashley meant that they finished a creditable eighth in CD4 South. Sadly the Fourth XI face the prospect of relegation, although simply raising a side every week has been a major triumph for Chris Tollerfield and Lee Moors.

27 August
Lymo looking to create a club record this weekend
All eyes are on the weather as the club approaches its final matches of the 2015 season. Barring a disaster, Lymington First XI should clinch fifth place in the SEPCL Premier Division. This would be the highest the club has finished since it was promoted to the top division in 2008. And a win over Ventnor could potentially see Lymington finish third in the limited overs table. Simon Beetham’s team are currently just two points behind Bashley and six behind second placed Havant and those two teams play each other on Saturday. Should the rain stay away, this weekend could also bring a rare, if not unique, event with the prospect of Lymington First and Second XIs completing the league season without having a single match postponed or abandoned due to the weather. In fact, there hasn’t been a single match in the entire Premier Division called off, and throughout the four SEPCL divisions only five matches have failed to beat the elements. And we moan about the weather…

25 August
Four Lymo girls aiming for Hampshire selection
Isabella Hill, Frankie Robertson and Grace Sanson have been invited to attend a trial assessment for Hampshire Under 13s, while Nell Sanson has been invited to attend the Under 15 assessment. Good luck girls!

25 August
End of season party
The end of season party this year will be starting after the final First XI game at home against Ventnor. The evening will consist of a Hog Roast, Development Fund draw and the presentation of the club cups for outstanding performances for all of the four teams. We would like to invite all club members to see the season out in style, will the Fourth XI be able to successfully defend the much hyped Boat Race title?

23 August
DSC05944Thrilling victories for the Firsts and Seconds
Both Lymington First and Second XIs secured nailbiting victories on the penultimate Saturday of the season. The Firsts completed a rare double over Havant who were bowled out for 97 in reply to Lymo’s 101. Ben Ashkenazi(pictured) was the hero for Lymington, top scoring with 28 and then taking six wickets Scorecard. The Second XI enjoyed an even closer finish, defeating promotion seekers Gosport Borough by just one run at the Sports Ground Scorecard. The Thirds recorded a 16 run victory over Locks Heath II at Woodside with Peter Tapper celebrating his 65th birthday with 45 runs, while the Fourths fell to defeat at Milford.

18 August
Recognition for three Lymo youngsters
Three of the club’s colts – Under 13 Josh Royan and Under 15s Aaron Jefferies and Cam Robertson – have been selected to attend Hampshire County Assessment Days. Lymington CC wishes them the best of luck.

16 August
Double SEPCL disappointment for Lymington
With the Third XI rained off and the Fourths without a fixture, the only two Lymington teams to play this weekend were the First and Second XIs in the Southern Electric Premier Cricket League. Unfortunately, both teams fell to heavy defeats. At the Ageas Bowl the First XI were beaten by 50 runs against the Hampshire Academy. Chasing the Academy’s 236-9 Lymo were dismissed for 186 despite 46 from Ryan Scott and 43 from Tom Atkins Scorecard & Report. The Second XI were similarly well beaten by Trojans at the Sports Ground.  Drew Robinson top scored with 50 as Lymington were shot out for just 138 in their pursuit of Trojans’ 209-9 Scorecard.

8 August
DSC06040Three out of four ain’t bad for Lymo
It was almost a super Saturday for Lymington’s league sides as the Firsts, Seconds and Thirds all recorded victories.
For the second week running Dominic Hand just missed out on a century, falling for 90 as Lymo piled up 330-6 against Alton at the Sports Ground. There were also contributions from Ben Rogers (54), Cameron Grierson (42). Lewis McManus(pictured) scored 47 and then took three wickets (not bad for a wicketkeeper!) as the visitors were dismissed for 152. Scorecard & Report. Photos of the match here and a video of Beefy taking a wicket here. Skipper Ollie Kelly led by example at Basingstoke & North Hants where the Second XI recorded an important 91 run victory. Kelly scored 88 and then took three wickets, but even his innings was eclipsed by Tom Atkins who struck 121 in a sizeable Lymington total of 334-6. Ed Freeman took 3-48 as the home side were bowled out for 241 Scorecard. The Thirds consolidated their mid-table place with a nine wicket win over Portsmouth & Southsea. Cameron Robertson (77) and Tom Thorp (63no) saw Lymo home with a couple of overs to spare after P&S had been restricted to 187-5 Report. Sadly the Fourth XI were well beaten by Paultons at Minstead Scorecard.

4 August
Former Lymington player hits maiden ODI century
Zimbabwean Craig Ervine who played for Lymington in 2012 recently registered his first One Day International century. He scored a brilliant 130 off just 108 deliveries as Zimbabwe pulled off a shock win over World Cup runners-up New Zealand in Harare.

4 August
… to Nell Sansom, Grace Sansom and Isabelle Hill who were included in the winning team for U12’s Girls District Festival. They will be presented with their medals on 5th September at Langley Manor.

2 August
Lymington back to winning ways with a helping Hand
Lymington First XI bounced back from last week’s defeat with an eight wicket win at Burridge. The home side were bowled out for 189 in a little over 61 overs with Metcalfe, Ashkenazi, Ambrose and Beetham all taking two wickets. Dominic Hand then struck a superb 86 as Lymington cruised home for the loss of just two wickets. Hand was helped along the way by Ben Rogers (43) and Ryan Scott (34no). Scorecard & Report.
The Second XI also had a comfortable victory in their relegation tussle with Alton. Young Finn Ambrose top scored with 60 in a Lymo total of 264-8 and then grabbed two wickets as Alton were bowled out for 197 Scorecard. The Third XI came a cropper at Verwood despite Tom Thorp’s valiant 89 (Report), while Chris Tollerfield’s 96 was also all to no avail in the Fourth XI’s high scoring defeat by Langley Manor at Woodside.

25 July
Derby defeat for Lymo
The First XI fell to a four wicket defeat against Bashley in their penultimate ‘all-day’ match of the season. On a Sports Ground pitch saturated in places by Friday’s torrential rain, batting was always likely to be tricky and so it proved as Lymo were shot out for just 96 (Ed Ellis 50), their last 5 wickets falling for just 8 runs to Aussie Tom Andrews. Bashley’s top order also struggled, apart from James Morris whose brave 45no saw the visitors home for the loss of six wickets.
Lymington Seconds recorded a much-needed victory at Totton & Eling. Ollie Kelly’s 60 underpinned Lymo’s 269 all out before Guy Layman’s three wickets helped dismiss the hosts for just 133. Finn Ambrose starred for the Third XI who defeated Peartree by 56 runs at Woodside. Young Ambrose scored 48 of Lymo’s 210-8 and then took 3-12 as Peartree were bowled out for 154. Meanwhile, down at Barnes Lane Sway III looked well on course to overhaul Lymington Fourth XI’s 231 (Tom Sykes 62) until they collapsed from 152 for no wicket to 187 all out with George Marshall and Lee Moors doing the damage with five and four wickets respectively. Sway’s Dave Marshall received a nasty facial injury during the game as a result of a collision in the field with former Lymington colt Caspar Todd. Lymington CC sends Dave its best wishes for a speedy recovery.

24 July
Colts presentation tonight
Lymington will be holding their annual colts presentation evening tonight at the Sports Ground at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

24 July
Big weekend for the women
Lymington’s women’s section take to the field on Sunday afternoon for the W10 Finals Day at IBM Hursley. They will be pitted against Portsmouth, Old Netley & Highfield and Andover. The finals start at 1pm and food and drinks will be available. Spectators are most welcome to come along to support the girls

24 July
Heppenstalls Solicitors and Lymington CC join forces at the New Forest Show
If you’re visiting the New Forest Show next week don’t forget to pop along to the Heppenstalls stand where Lymington CC will also be represented. There is a strong historical link between the two organisations. Heppenstalls Solicitors was founded way back in 1893 by Herbert Cullin Heppenstall who set up business at 75 High Street (where the company still resides). A keen cricketer, HC Heppenstall captained Lymington between 1898 and 1911 and was club president until 1944, a year after he had retired from the business. Moving forward 60 or so years, the mother of current Lymington wicket keeper Chris Jennings now runs the business. With offices in Lymington and New Milton Heppenstalls can help you, whether it be buying and selling homes and businesses, preparing wills, tax planning or managing tax affairs. 

20 July
Under 13s are crowned 2015 New Forest league winners
Having won the NFJCA Under 13 South Divison Lymington overcame North Division winners Hyde by 6 runs in a tense and exciting play off final at Bashley. More..

19 July
Runs galore as Ryan, Tolly and Josh Bowring all hit big centuries
Ryan Scott 134
Ryan Scott (right) notched up a superb maiden SEPCL century at Sarisbury Athletic although it was the Fourth XI pairing of Josh Bowring and Chris Tollerfield who grabbed the days’ headlines with a record breaking partnership.
In the SEPCL Premier Division Ryan Scott’s unbeaten 136 wasn’t quite enough to force an outright victory over Sarisbury Green at Allotment Road. Replying to Lymington’s 261-6, the home side were teetering at 166-8, but former Lymington paceman Dan Goldstraw, with the help of a rain interruption, held firm and Lymo were forced to settle for a winning draw with Matt Metcalfe adding another four wickets to his impressive recent haul. Scoresheet. The Second XI face the prospect of a nervous end to the season in SEPCL Division 3 as they lost their fourth match on the bounce on Saturday. Visitors Waterlooville overcame Lymington’s 193 for the loss of seven wickets. The Third XI returned to winnings ways with a 55 run win at Burley. Peter Tapper took 6-26 as Burley were bowled out for 169 in reply to Lymo’s 224-7 Report.
Tolly Josh 366However, the biggest story of the day came at Woodside where Chris Tollerfield (162no) and Josh Bowring (180) shared an incredible unbroken first wicket stand of 366 against Pylewell Park. Pylewell replied with 262-8, giving Lymo a 104 run win – only their third victory of the season. The partnership shattered a host of club records including the highest opening stand. Josh celebrated his mamoth innings by spending the night in a tent full of beer barrels on the Sports Ground outfield ahead of yesterday’s Carnival!

14 July
Under 13s advancing on two fronts
Lymington Under 13A team face a busy period as they attempt to secure the New Forest South League and the Cup. Toby Sykes’ team recorded emphatic ten wicket wins in both of their last two matches. More…

13 July
Under 9s show the way for the First XI
The First XI weren’t the first Lymington team last weekend to record a shock win over the undefeated league leaders. That honour went to Lymo’s ever improving Under 9s who defeated table-toppers Lyndhurst & Ashurst in an exciting encounter down at Woodside on Friday night. More…

12 July
First XI pull off the result of the season
Lymington’s up and down season took another dramatic upward turn as they registered a stunning nine wicket win over the previously unbeaten league leaders South Wilts at the Sports Ground. The reigning champions had no answer to Matt Metcalfe (5-27) and Ben Ashkenazi  (4-21) and were dismissed for just 101 before Ben Rogers (50no) and Dom Hand (39) saw Lymo home with relative ease. Report
Sadly, the First XI’s victory was the only success for Lymington on Saturday. The Seconds were well beaten by South Wilts II at Lower Bemerton, while an under-strength and under-manned Third XI didn’t enjoy their ticket to Ryde Report. The Fourths were defeated by 55 runs against Winton III.

5 July
Disappointing weekend for Lymo
For the first time this season all four of Lymington’s league sides suffered defeats. The First XI were defeated by six wickets by St Cross at the Sports Ground. Matt Metcalfe’s half century was the backbone of Lymo’s 199 all out, but having reduced the visitors to 61-4 Lymington were unable to press home the advantage and Adam Rouse’s century enabled St Cross to canter to victory Report. In the reverse fixture at the Royal Green Jackets Ground, Lymington Seconds were also defeated as St Cross overhauled Lymo’s 207 all out for the loss of seven wickets. The Third XI lost to Suttoners by five wickets at Woodside Report, while Chris Tollerfield scored 130 but still ended on the losing side as the Fourth XI lost by 30 runs at Parley. There was an exciting tour match at the Sports Ground on Sunday as Sussex side Ifield sneaked a two wicket win after guest player Nick Elliott had scored a superb 80 for Lymington.

1 July
Carnival Countdown
Dear Members and Supporters of Lymington Cricket Club,
The Lymington Carnival is fast approaching, Sunday 19th of July, and the Club has a great opportunity to raise some additional funds through the selling of cakes, light refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks etc) within our Clubhouse and outside (weather permitting). There is our Beer Tent as well which always attracts a good crowd.
If you are willing and able to help either by making a cake or offering assistance on the day to help run the Clubhouse Café or help in the Beer Tent please email Adie Hunt adie1001@hotmail.com. Last year homemade cakes were a great success and by sharing the workload behind the serving counters (45 min to 1 hour shifts) everyone enjoyed the day.

Colts News…
League wins for the Under 13s and Under 9s, while the Under 11A team came out of their defeat to New Milton with high praise…

30 June
Under 9s experience the thrill of playing at the Ageas Bowl
Just a couple of weeks after staging the England versus New Zealand ODI, the Ageas Bowl played host to Lymington Under 9s and 35 other teams from around the county in the annual Zooters Festival. Report.& Photos

30 June
Under 13s beaten but unbowed after Hampshire Cup defeat
Lymington Under 13A team achieved one of their pre-season targets by qualifying for the Hampshire cup semi final as the leading side from both the New Forest U13 South and North leagues but were unable to advance further as they were beaten by 56 runs by a strong Fair Oak team at The Sports Ground. More…

30 June
Lymington Ladies Cricket Team Celebrate Victory
16 Ladies from Lymington Cricket Club took part in the ECB This Girl Can tournament on Sunday and celebrated a well-deserved victory. More…

29 June
A memorable weekend for Thomas!
CTom Sykesongratulations to our U13A captain Thomas Sykes on a grueling but successful weekend of cricket. First up for the 13 year old was the 56-overs Fathers versus Sons match on Saturday morning at Walhampton School where Thomas scored 35 not out and took a hat-trick. He then made a quick dash across the Forest to represent Chris Tollerfield’s Lymington 4th XI against Bashley. Having taken a wicket in the Bashley innings, Thomas then hit his maiden senior half century and enjoyed a 100-plus run partnership with his good friend and Under 15 player Aaron Jeffries. before hitting the winning runs as Lymington chased down Bashley’s 196-6. The following day Thomas was back at the BCG for an 80-over New Forest District match versus Dorset where The New Forest were set a target of 200 runs to win. Thomas opened the batting and over the next three hours scored his maiden century (105 no), striking the winning runs in the 37th over. So, over the weekend Thomas had played 220 overs of cricket – bowled 16 overs, taken 5 wickets and scored a total of 192 runs… and was not dismissed once!
A happy but exhausted Thomas is pictured above at Bashley Cricket Ground following his weekend cricketing marathon.

27 June
Topsy-turvy season continues for Lymo
After last week’s demolition of Havant, Lymington First XI got a taste of their own medicine at Ventnor where they were shot out for just 87 with only three batsmen making double figures. Defending such a small total Lymo did at least put up some resistance, taking six Ventnor wickets as the game was completed in less than 50 oversScorecard & Report. Elsewhere the Fourth XI were the only successful Lymington side this weekend. The Second XI fell to a four wicket defeat against Havant II at the Sports Ground. Conor Moors top scored with 41no in a Lymington total of 181-6. The visitors reached their target with more than 13 overs to spare Scorecard. Down at Woodside Hugo Chandler scored a league best 56 for the Third XI who scored 207-7 and might have been quietly confident of victory. Visitors Ellingham II had other ideas and lost just four wickets as Lymo’s depleted side wilted in the heat Report. Finally some good news as the Fourth XI recorded only their second win of the season over at Bashley where Aaron Jefferies (71) Thomas Sykes (52no) saw Lymo home to a five wicket victory.

26 June
Under 9s warm up for their big day at the Ageas with a win
Lymington’s Under 9s warmed up for their Zooters Festival at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday with a 16 run win against Bashley. James Rose, Jacob Varney and Nic Simons each took a wicket as Bashley totalled 235. Lymington replied with 251 with Marcus Wray top-scoring with 10 runs. On Sunday Lymo travel to West End to take part in the Zooters Festival which involves dozens of Under 9 teams from around the county in an all-day tournament.

22 June
Matt’s the way to do it!
Matt Metcalfe produced a stunning display of swing bowling as Lymington defeated Havant by 9 wickets in a surreal match at the Sports Ground. Aided by some superb catches, Metcalfe took 8-27 as the high-flying visitors were skittled out for 50 – Havant’s lowest ever SEPCL total. Lymo cruised home for the loss of just one wicket with the ‘all-day’ match ending just 30 minutes after lunch. Report & Scorecard. To put Lymington’s display in some perspective, the following day Havant defeated the previously unbeaten South Wilts in the national knock-out.
Kieran Moors also produced an inspired spell of bowling for the Second XI who came away from Gosport with a valuable 25 run win. Moors took 5-34 as the home side were bowled out for 198 in reply to Lymo’s 223-9 (Ollie Kelly 56). Scorecard. The Thirds and Fourths were both well beaten by Bidbury Report and Lyndhurst & Ashurst respectively. The club’s final hopes of senior cup glory for this season ended on Sunday as St Cross cruised to a six wicket win in the second round of the SEC T20 competition Report.

19 June
Mixed fortunes and a Foursome of Freddies
The Under 9s have been busy this week with games on consecutive evenings. Clickhere for a full report.

Jude at Xchurch17 June
Hey Jude, what’s the weather like down there?
Fourth XI youngster Jude Tollerfield could never be accused of having his head in the clouds… unlike the batsman he dismissed at Christchurch last Saturday. Mind you, the batsman had just hit Jude for 2,4,4,6 and 6 before the bowler got his revenge off the final ball of the over. The pair are pictured here after the match….

14 June
Depleted Under 11As fall just short
Despite being able to field just eight players for their visit to OTs & Romsey, Lymington’s Under 11A team performed heroically and fell just short of their target. Report.

14 June
Busy time for Lymington in the cups
Lymington travel to Bashley tomorrow (Monday, 6pm) for a Stone Cup quarter final tie. Then next Sunday (June 21st) the Sports Ground hosts Lymington’s SEPCL T20 encounter with St Cross. The match starts at 3pm and naturally the bar will be open all afternoon and hopefully a barbecue too. Entry is free and there will be plenty of parking inside the ground.

14 June
Deja vu for Lymo’s league sides
For the second week running the Third XI were the only one of Lymington’s four senior league teams to register a victory. The First XI were defeated by 10 runs against the Hampshire Academy at the Sports Ground despite a superb century from Lewis McManus Scorecard & Report. With Joel Sutherland top scoring with 97 the Second XI amassed 270-9 at Trojans but were still unable to prevent the home side claiming a two wicket victory with an over to spare, Lymo’s cause not helped by 36 wides Scorecard. The Third XI claimed their fourth win on the trot as they defeated Old Netley & Highfield by 8 wickets at Woodside. Mark Jackson’s unbeaten half century helped Lymo comfortably overhaul the visitors’ 154 all out Report. The Fourth XI fell to a 71 run defeat at Christchurch despite Chris Tollerfield’s 67.
15 wickets fell before tea during Sunday’s friendly against the Zombies at the Sports Ground as Lymo collapsed to 25-5 in reply to the visitors’ 120 all out. However, Finn Ambrose and the guesting Nicky Elliott restored sanity to the proceedings as Lymington reached their target without further loss.

9 June
Quiff of the Year
Find out here who has won the prestigious 2015 Lymington CC Quiff of the Year competition…

9 June
Captain’s Blog
Click here to read what skipper Simon Beetham made of Saturday’s defeat at Alton in his latest Captain’s Blog.

8 June
No Presidents Cup glory this year for Lymington
Lymington’s attempts to retain the Presidents Cup faltered at the first hurdle as they fell to a comprehensive 49 run defeat against New Milton at the Sports Ground. Meanwhile, the draw for the second round of the SEPCL T20 competition has given Lymo a home tie with St Cross on Sunday 21st June.

7 June
10th wicket heroics not quite enough…
After the euphoria of last Saturday’s cleansweep, only the Third XI’s victory at Purbrook staved off a league whitewash for Lymington this week. A patched up First XI came within seven minutes of salvaging a draw at Alton. Last pair Neil Trestrail and Cameron Robertson bravely held out for more than 10 overs before the latter was finally caught out with virtually the entire Alton side crowded around the bat. The 14 year old Robertson had earlier bowled 13 overs of leg spin on his First team debut Report and Scorecard. Dominic Hand’s century was to no avail as the Seconds were defeated by Basingstoke & North Hants II in a high scoring encounter at the Sports Ground. Hugo Ambrose took seven wickets at Purbrook where the Thirds successfully chased down 126 to win by seven wickets with Mark Jackson scoring an unbeaten 50 Report. The Fourth XI fell to 69 run defeat to Suttoners III at Woodside despite Chris Tollerfield’s 86 not out. The Sports Ground hosted another run fest on Sunday as Lymington sneaked a last ball win over Southampton University. Josh Bowring hit a career best 88 as Lymo overhauled the students’ 249-5 Report. Click here to see footage of the match and an interview with Josh.

31 May
MAH04074(6)Just a Minute proves to be a laugh a minute…
The clubhouse was positively buzzing last night as players and supporters celebrated a rare cleansweep for all four league sides. Adding to the entertainment was Meg Gannaway’s excellent version of the classic radio panel game show ‘Just a Minute’. Stars of the evening were Jerry Holt, who eloquently described the merits of wearing red trousers; Edward Freeman who, to be honest, could talk for a month let alone a minute about absolutely anything; and finally Adie Hunt whose ability to talk about bicycle proficiency was about as successful as his ability to stay on one. Peter Tapper unbelievably failed to talk about himself for a whole minute, while Aussie Ben Ashkenazi struggled to get to grips with kangaroos. Footage of the evening can be found here; photos here.

30 May
It’s a Super Saturday cleansweep for Lymington
For the first time this season all four Lymington league sides won their respective matches. The First XI cruised to a six wicket win over Burridge at the Sports Ground. Having restricted the visitors to 170, Darren Cowley (pictured) marked his final match as a single man by scoring an unbeaten 61, while Lewis McManus notched up his first half century for the club Scorecard & Report. The Second XI enjoyed an even more emphatic win at Alton where Martin Gregory (4-31) and Guy Layman (3-13) helped reduce the home side to 108 all out. Damien Edwards then defied life-threatening flu-like symptoms (not that he went on about it much) to guide Lymo home to a seven wicket victory with 36 not out scorecard. After being shot out for 17 a fortnight ago, the Thirds recorded a second convincing win in a row, this time beating Fareham & Crofton by 6 wickets down at Woodside. Some old bald chap took four wickets as Fareham laboured to 129-8 before Tom Thorp (37), Finn Ambrose (37) and Mark Jackson (39) saw Lymo home with overs to spare Photos.   Perhaps the result of the day came at Balmer Lawn where an extremely youthful Fourth XI successfully overhauled Brockenhurst’s 208-5. Colts Ben Sykes (41), Will Jowitt (47) and Aaron Jeffries (54) were the stars of the show although it was the old head of Lee Moors who eventually sealed the victory, and the team’s first win of the season, with a boundary from the penultimate ball of the match.

28 May
Just a Minute
This Saturday night sees our own Lymo version of the popular radio panel game ‘Just a Minute’ come to the Sports Ground. Host Nicholas Parsnips (aka Meg Gannaway) will be looking for willing volunteers who will attempt to talk for just a minute on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation. The fun starts from 8.30pm.

28 May
DSC03869Under 13As win again
Lymington Under 13A side recorded a 72 run win over Hythe & Didbden at the Sports Ground. Tom Sykes and Malachi Mills both retired on 30 as Lymo rattled up 147-2. The Usher twins Will and Sam then shared five wickets as the visitors were restricted to 75-9.

24 May
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 Report. 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 Iain 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:
Lymo Third XI 2015

20 May
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’.

16 May
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. Reportand 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.

15 May
Under 9s off the mark
Lymington’s fledgling Under 9 team recorded a narrow victory over Fawley at HolburyReport, while the Under 11 Development Team defeated Beaulieu by 32 runs. Report.

14 May
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.

14 May
DSC03386Development 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…

13 May
adie hospitalFirst Adie!
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.

12 May
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.

12 May
Read the latest Captain’s Blog feature here…

11 May
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.

9 May
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.

8 May
The Captain’s Blog
Read what Beefy has to say in the first of our weekly Captain’s Blog

3 May
A few photos from yesterdays match at St Cross…
Click here

2 May
Dazza reaches 100Double 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.

1 May
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.

29 April
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!

26 April
DSC03193Captain’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.

DSC0319726 April
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.

26 April
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.

25 April
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.

24 April
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…

12 April
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.

11 April
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.

2 April
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.

1 April
Perseverance pays off as Keith Motors finally grab the golfing glory!
Keith MotorsThe 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.

31 March
Development Fund
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 neil.trestrail@gmail.com or 07970 479039 to purchase your draw numbers.

25 March
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
colts trainingIndoor 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.

5 March
Victorian Ben Ashkenazi to be Lymo’s overseas player in 2015
Ben Ashkenazi
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 dcoles@lombard.co.uk

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

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