2016 Archive

30 December
2017 League Fixtures Released
Lymington First XI will start the 2017 season with a trip to South Wilts. For the first time in league history the game will be played in coloured clothing but will still be 50 overs per side. The Second XI will begin their quest to promoted back to the Southern League with a home game against Ventnor and the Third XI will make the short trip to local rivals Bashley. The Fourth XI will welcome Hordle to the newly renovated Woodside.

18 December
Bob Iles Memorial Darts Knockout
The annual Bob Iles darts pairs knockout competition will this year be held on the 7th of January at Brockenhurst Football Club with a guest appearance from Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton. Lymo stalwart Josh Bowring will be heading up the club challenge for this prestigious award.

18 December
Christmas Drinks
The Club will be going out for Christmas drinks on Friday the 23rd of December meeting at The Thomas Tripp between 7.30pm and 8pm. All Club members welcome.

29 November
AGM Reminder
The club AGM will be held at The Walhampton Arms on Thursday the 1st of December starting at 7.30pm. Please come and support the club.

13 November
Pavilion Renovation
Lymington Sports Ground pavilion is about to undergo a £344,000 face lift, with new changing rooms, toilets, disabled facilities and enhanced clubhouse facilities expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2017 cricket season.  Work on the project by contractors HH Drew of New Milton has just commenced, the scheme being supported by grants from the Football Stadia Improvement Scheme, the ECB, Lymington Town Council and development contributions. Club Vice President Richard Truscott commented “We are absolutely delighted at the news that the old pavilion at the ground on which we have been playing cricket for more than 175 years is to be upgraded. With over 100 children practicing at the ground in the summer and our burgeoning women’s section it is important that we offer Lymington boys and girls a route through to senior cricket as well as more family-friendly and disabled facilities for supporters. This will underpin our status as a Southern Premier League club and encourage a life-long involvement in the sport for local residents. We sincerely thank the Town Council for their unstinting moral and financial support to our club as well as the ECB and our friends at the Football Club for making this project happen”.

13 November
AGM News
The date of the AGM has been pushed back by a week and will now take place on Thursday 1st December, 7.30pm at the Walhampton Arms. Apologies, but a couple of maintenance issues at the pub and other options given the festive season is fast approaching we’re limited. After a difficult season on the pitch and lots of renovation going on off the pitch there will be plenty to discuss and it is your chance to share your views on the club.

28 August
Winners honoured at the End of Season Awards
With just a week of the SPCL season remaining Lymington have unveiled their 2016 award winners. They are:
First XI: Matt Metcalfe
Second XI: Guy Layman
Third XI: Damian Jayasinghe
Fourth XI: Chris Tollerfield
All Rounder: Ed Ellis
Best Colt in Senior Cricket: Thomas Sykes
Clubman: Marilyn Friedman
Photos of the winners can be seen here...

27 August
Second XI keep their Great Escape dream alive
While the First XI were sinking to a disappointing seven wicket defeat at home to Burridge, the Seconds were pulling off another crucial win down at Havant. Kieran Moors produced his best spell of bowling with 4-37 as Havant were dismissed for just 111 in reply to Lymo’s 134. Although still second from bottom, a win in their final match against Fair Oak next Saturday could potentialy see Ollie Kelly’s side avoid the drop. The Third XI were well beaten in their final match at Verwood although Peter Tapper did at least roll back the years, opening the batting (in a helmet for the first time, we believe!) and then opening the bowling.

25 August
Colts Winners
Louise Flanagan’s excellent photos from the club’s 2016 Colts presentation evening can be viewed by clicking here…

25 August
Oscars Night at the clubhouse this Saturday!
With the league season drawing to a close, it’s time once again to honour all our 2016 winners at Lymington Cricket Club. The evening will include the presentation of all the cups by our President Mr Jerry Holt, plus the August player of the month award (sponsored by Crestwood), final Development Fund draw and the draw for the signed Hampshire shirt. Catering will be courtesy of ‘The Laughing Chef’ and there will be a happy hour or two. The Chairman has also warned us to look out for Chris Noble in disguise! The fun starts at 7.30pm.

24 August
Final match of the season at Sparsholt
Lymington will bring down the curtain on the 2016 season when they visit Sparsholt for a Sunday friendly on 11th September. Please let Peter Tapper know if you are available.

24 August
Golf Day change of date
Lymington CC’s annual club golf day will take place at Brokenhurst Manor on Thursday 22nd September (rather than 8th September as previously advertised).

21 August
DSC02584Revamped Woodside pavilion nears completion
Lymington Third XI almost had the honour of being the first sports team to use the redeveloped  pavilion at Woodside. Unfortunately, the building control/regulations weren’t signed off in time for yesterday’s final home match so it will be next season before the club’s Third and Fourth XIs will be able to enjoy the new facility.
The new pavilion will include improved changing, showering and toilet facilities, two officials changing rooms, a medical treatment room, multi role club rooms, a kitchen/canteen facility, a meeting area and storage space for sports equipment.
The improved facilities will offer an ideal focal point for many of Lymington’s sports clubs including Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, New Forest Hockey, New Forest Volleyball, Lymington Netball Club, Lymington Sprites FC and Lymington Croquet Club.
Meanwhile, Lymington Cricket Club hope to be able to announce some big news about the redevelopment of their Sports Ground clubhouse in the near future… watch this space!

20 August
Locky’s ton in vain as First XI narrowly beaten at Havant
Richard Lock scored a superb century but still ended on the losing side in a thrilling match at Havant Park. Lock’s 101, which included seven fours and one six, was the mainstay of Lymo’s 193-8. Simon Beetham (32no) and Dom Hand (29) were the only other batsmen to make scores of note. Matt Metcalfe then reduced Havant to 0-2 to leave the home side reeling, but the champions-elect displayed their title credentials, clawing their way back into the game, initially through Robert Gibson (36) and Stuart Ransley (30), and then through Andrew Gorvin. Gorvin eventually fell to that man Lock for 51 to leave Havant on 186-8, but Lymo were unable to winkle out the last two wickets enabling Havant to sneak home with just under three overs to spare Scorecard. The Second XI recorded a much-needed win over Hursley Park at the Sports Ground. Guy Layman took 5-26 as the visitors were dismissed for 131 in 33 overs. Terry Crabb’s boundary-strewn 72 not out then guided Lymo home to a nine wicket win with almost 25 overs to spare Scorecard. The Third XI were similarly convincing winners at Woodside. They scored 197-9, thanks mainly to Damian Jayasinghe’s 58, and then dismissed visitors Southampton Travellers for just 80 Report.

17 August
Lymington CC £600 better off thanks to Waitrose and you!
Thank you to all those club members and friends who shopped at Waitrose and put your green tokens into the Lymington Cricket Club slot. As a result, Waitrose will be donating a massive £600 to the club. Since its launch in 2008, Waitrose’s green token scheme has donated £14 million to local charities chosen by its customers.

16 August
DSC01996Ageas Bowl dreams shattered by Havant
Lymington’s hopes of a return to the home of Hampshire cricket in the T20 Cup final were ended rather abruptly by league leaders Havant in front of a large crowd at the Sports Ground. Although there were solid contributions from Rogers (33), Ellis (32) and Lock (29), Lymington’s batsmen never really got on top of the Havant bowling and 147-8 from their 20 overs always looked a few runs short. Conversely, the rampant Stuart Ransley went on the attack from ball one of the Havant reply, releasing a superb array of strokes on his way to 81 not out. And even after Beetham and Hand each picked up a wicket, the old stager Richard Hindley (28no) soothed any Havant nerves with a classy 28 not out as the visitors cruised home with almost three overs to spare. Report…

14 August
T20 semi-final today!
Lymington and Havant will this afternoon battle it out today for a place in the British Gas T20 Cup final at the Ageas Bowl next month. Both teams go into the match on the back of good wins yesterday although Havant are really on the crest of a wave and currently sit at the top of the Premier Division table having lost just one league game all season. However, that one loss came at the Sports Ground back in June when Matt Metcalfe took 7-47. Lymo will also take heart from the last time the two sides met at the semi-final stage two years ago. On that occasion Lymington pulled off a five wicket win in an exciting and high scoring encounter.
Havant’s run to the semis has seen wins over New Milton, Burridge and OTs & Romsey. Stuart Ransley has been their highest runscorer with 82 runs while Andy Gorvin and Stuart Matthews have both taken four wickets. Lymington have enjoyed wins over Langley Manor, Portsmouth and Alton. Ben Rogers (68) leads their runscoring ahead of Dom Hand and Richard Lock who both have 60. Simon Beetham is top wicket taker with six.
Predictably Havant have named a very strong squad and will select from from Walker, Hindley, Morgan, Gorvin, Prentice, Stone, Ransley, Hopson, Bulled, Loat, Matthews, Vanderslik, Gadd. Lymington’s Lewis McManus is on Hampshire duty at Trent Bridge (scoring a half century yesterday) while new dad Matt Metcalfe will be busy changing nappies, so the team is expected to be Scott, Rogers, Lock, Ellis, Cowley, Ambrose, Hand, Beetham, Grierson, Calcott and Freeman.
The match starts at 3pm although there will be some free Kwik Cricket for the youngsters from 2pm. Any 7-10 year olds are welcome to turn up to give cricket a try if they haven’t played before. The bar will be open all afternoon and a barbecue will be running. Spectators should park their cars via the Sports Ground’s Avenue Road entrance.

13 August
Great Scott! Ryan’s 99 wins it for Lymington
Ryan Scott produces his best innings of the summer to help Lymington to a four wicket win over the Academy on the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground. Scotty fell just one run short of a second SPCL century as Lymo overhauled the Academy’s 247-9 with almost five overs to spare. Ed Ellis (40) also contributed, while earlier in the afternoon Simon Beetham and Richard Lock both took three wickets. Darren Cowley also deserves a mention, conceding just 17 runs from his ten overs Scorecard and Report. Elsewhere, chasing St Cross’s 255-7, Lymington Second XI crashed from 68-1 to 117 all out Scorecard. The Thirds were similarly well beaten at Farley Report.

7 August
Full house for Lymington!
For the first time this season all four Lymington league sides won their respective fixtures. Unsurprisingly, there were several possible headline grabbers: Chris Tollerfield’s double century against Sway 4th XI; Thomas Sykes’ 100 in an unbeaten opening stand of 333 with Tolly in the same match; Drew Robinson’s 95 for the Second XI ; Ryan Scott’s half century for the First XI. But, given the calamities that have afflicted the Third XI recently, pride of place must go (to this biased writer, at least) to Mark Jackson who skippered his beleaguered team to only their second victory of the season courtesy of a handsome 64 run win over Winterbourne at Woodside. Well done Jacko!

1 August
Magnificent Under 15s win the New Forest Cup
It was never really in doubt as Sally Tollerfield’s all-conquering Under 15 team yesterday added the Cup to their growing list of trophies. They defeated a weakened Bashley side by 63 runs at Langley Manor. Thomas Sykes was the star, scoring a rapid 43 not out and then taking three wickets. Read the match report here and see the exclusive (and slightly out of focus) interview with captain and manager here.

31 July
First XI’s unbeaten run ended at South Wilts, Second XI smashed
Lymington’s tail-enders couldn’t quite hold out at Lower Bemerton as the team suffered its first defeat in the all-day format. The home side had amassed a huge 305-7 and despite a solid enough start from Ryan Scott (40) and Ben Rogers (23) Lymington were eventually bowled out for 177 less than three overs from the scheduled end of the match. Report and Scorecard. The score sheet for the Second XI’s match against Langley Manor last Saturday makes even more painful reading. They were crushed by 10 wickets after being shot out for just 66 at the Sports Ground. The Langley Manor openers took just 12.1 overs to reach their victory target. Scorecard. With the team now second from bottom in SPCL Division Three with five matches to play, next Saturday’s trip across The Solent to face bottom club Ryde now takes on massive importance.

28 July
It’s Havant at home in the semis
Current SPCL leaders Havant stand between Lymington and a place in the T20 Cup final at the Ageas Bowl. The pair will meet at the Sports Ground on Sunday August 14th at 3pm. The match will revive memories of the exciting semi-final between the two sides two years ago when Lymington pulled off a tremendous run chase to win by five wickets in the final over. Many of those present described the Lymington performance that day as one of the finest  seen at the Sports Ground in many a year. Dominic Hand was the hero, guiding the side home with an unbeaten 34 after Darren Cowley (61) and Damien Mortimer (62) had given Lymo a positive start in pursuit of Havant’s imposing 193-4.
The club hopes to run a barbecue for the semi-final and naturally the bar will be open all afternoon. All club members are encouraged to attend the match to hopefully cheer the boys on to another Ageas Bowl final.

24 July
Lymo into T20 semi-finals
Lymington booked themselves a place in the last four of the T20 Cup thanks to a five wicket win at Alton today. The returning Felix Ambrose proved to be the match winner, smashing 43 not out off 29 balls as Lymo successfully chased down Alton’s 126-7 with seven balls to spare. Scorecard and Report. Skipper Ed Ellis commented: “We bowled very well, and keeping them (Alton) down to 126 was a good effort. They started well but we pulled it back perfectly with Dom and Locky, and Beefy bowled really well in the death overs to keep the score down. It was a challenging pitch and we started our innings well but we only just kept up with the run rate. We kept losing wickets and the game was in the balance with seven or eight overs to go, but Felix batted superbly and turned the game in our favour. He hit the ball cleanly from the word go”.  With Sarisbury, Havant and South Wilts completing the last four line-up, who does Ed fancy in the semis? “I’m happy with anyone really. We’ve got a strong team and on our day we can beat anyone” he said. The semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday 14th August.

24 July
IMG_20160723_194414Top of the pile!
Lymington may be in mid-table in the SPCL tables, but they are currently way ahead in the monthly Waitrose Green Token Scheme which sees clubs and organisations compete for a share of a £1000 prize. The principle is simple: the more tokens customers put in your slot, the bigger share of the prize your club gets. As the photo shows, with just a week to go Lymington are well ahead. So if you visit Waitrose this week, don’t forget to pop your tokens into the Lymington CC slot.

24 July
IMG_20160723_101236Ageas Bowl restaurant name is food for thought…
Has Lymo First XI skipper Simon ‘Beefy’ Beetham been given the ultimate accolade at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl HQ? It seems the restaurant at the Hilton Hotel has been named ‘Beefy’s’. Confusingly, inside the eatery many photos of ex-England legend Sir Ian Botham rather than our own North Dorset Express adorn the walls. When asked about the mix-up, a waitress said: “Simon who?”. Rumours that Hampshire intend to open a help-yourself buffet named ‘Tappy’s’ are unconfirmed. Plans for a new beauty salon named ‘Wharts’ have been shelved.

24 July
Under 15s winnerWalkover presents Under 15s with the New Forest League title 
Lymington Under 15s are the undisputed champions of the New Forest after North Division winners Redlynch & Hales were unable to raise a side for today’s play-off clash at New Milton. Sally Tollerfield’s team were still on hand to receive their trophies from NFJCA stalwart Nick Gossip. The side are now hoping to complete a clean sweep by winning the cup competition at Langley Manor next Sunday.

24 July
Stretched Lymo 
Although the club recorded just one victory from its four league matches yesterday, such was the plethora of injuries and non-availabilities this week it was something of a minor triumph that we actually managed to field 44 players. Among those who answered the call of duty was Scott Tapper who drove down from London at short notice, while special mention must go to the Kane family who stepped in to prop up the ailing Third XI who at one stage had just eight fit men. 15 year old Finn Kane was even whisked off the 18th green at Barton Golf Club – where he’d completed his round two under par apparently – to open the bowling at Woodside (still in his golfing gear!) and did extremely well on his league debut.

23 July
Unbeaten run continues 
Lymington extended their unbeaten run to eight matches but made hard work of defeating bottom club Ventnor by three wickets at the Sports Ground. Matt Metcalfe’s fine season continued with yet another five wicket haul as the Islanders were bowled out for just 155. Once again Lymington’s top order stuttered before Dom Hand (30) steadied the ship and Cameron Grierson (16no) and Simon Beetham (12no) eased Lymo over the line Report. Elsewhere, there was little joy for Lymington’s other three league sides. The Seconds fell to a five wicket defeat at Basingstoke; the Thirds were defeated by six wickets by Fawley at Woodside Report and the Fourth’s fine run came to an abrupt halt at Milford.

20 July
Players wanted for next Monday’s friendly
Places are still available for next Monday’s friendly against tourists Westfield. Last year Westfield were one of the most sociable and friendly teams to have visited the Sports Ground so it’s sure to be an enjoyable fixture. The match starts at 2pm. If you wish to play please let Taps know asap or add your name to the team list in the clubhouse.

20 July
Hampshire defeated despite Lewis’ amazing efforts
Lymington’s Lewis McManus produced a career best innings but was ultimately unable to prevent Surrey from clinching a crucial Specsavers Championship Division One victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl today. The innings defeat was desperately hard on Lewis who had spent the vast majority of the four day match out in the scorching heat either batting or keeping wicket. He had gone into bat with Hampshire, chasing Surrey’s massive 637-7, struggling on 185-4. Batting for nearly five hours, Lewis made 132 not out as Hampshire were eventually dismissed for 423, his innings including two sixes and 19 fours. Sadly, Hampshire’s batting woes continued into the second innings where they were dismissed for 201 despite another gutsy performance from Lewis who was eventually trapped leg before by Gareth Batty for 35.
Lewis’s ton did leave us wondering who was the last Lymington player to score a first-class century while with the club. Neil Trestrail believes it could well be Sean Morris who scored centuries against Nottinghamshire (174), Cambridge University (112) and South Africa (101 no) during his time with Hampshire between 1992-96.

20 July
DSC01694Record breaking bat ‘comes home’
An eighty three year old cricket bat which once scored a record breaking 158 in a Stone Cup match at Lymington Sports Ground has been donated to the club by its original owner’s grandson. The bat belonged to prolific Lymington batsman Perce Goff who starred for the club during the 1920s and 30s. Perce’s greatest feat was scoring the aforementioned 158 in under an hour in a Stone Cup match at the Sports Ground in 1933 – the first year the competition was held. To this day, the incredible innings remains the highest score by a Lymington batsman in any evening competition fixture.
Trevor Wakeman, who donated the bat, asked if the club would like to put it on display in the trophy cabinet at the Sports Ground. The bat, which carries the endorsement stamp of prolific Kent and England batsman Frank Woolley, weighs in at 2lb 4oz which was fairly weighty for a bat back then. Perce was presumably a big hitter, which would explain the extra-long handle which is a good inch longer than those on today’s models. Perce’s bat is pictured here with Lymington President Jerry Holt.

20 July
U15 photo bombedUnder 15s success story goes on and on…
Having wrapped up the league title last weekend with a 31 run win over Sway Report, the unbeaten Lymington Under 15s then clinched a place in the NFJCA cup final courtesy of a 23 run win over Redlynch & Hale at Woodside on Monday. Hugo Smith (37) and Tom Sykes (35) top scored as Lymo totalled 116-2 before Josh Royan’s three wickets helped dismiss the visitors for 93 Report. The final takes place on Sunday 31st July at 2pm at Langley Manor. Before that, Sally Tollerfield’s team take on the winners of the New Forest North section this coming Sunday in the league play-off at New Milton at 4.30pm. Sadly, as the photo above shows, a spectator disguised as Johnny Jumpers managed to photo-bomb the post match team photo.

16 July
Thousands descend on Sports Ground for Lymington Carnival
carnivalFor the third year running the sun shone on Lymington as the town’s carnival fete was held at the Sports Ground. The club again oversaw the beer tent, serving thousands of pints to the thirsty carnival goers, while the pavilion was turned into a cafe for the day, selling cakes, pastries and soft drinks. Several colts took part in the carnival procession, hitting and throwing soft cricket balls into the crowds along ther route.

16 July
Winning draw for the First XI; morale boosting win for the Seconds
It was a strange old day at New Milton where the game ebbed and flowed for the first two sessions before finally running aground completely after tea. Lymington started well  in the morning but then collapsed dramatically to 70-8, but got themselves back into a decent position, ending with 193-9 thanks to Dom Hand’s superb 78no. Milton were then reduced to to 9-2, but despite another marathon spell from opening bowler Matt Metcalfe Lymington were only able to nurdle out another four batsmen as the game, and many of the spectators, drifted away sleepily Report. The Second XI recorded a much-needed win, beating Gosport by 14 runs at the Sports Ground. The Third XI’s winless run goes on, losing heavily at Dinton Report. The Fourth XI continued their march up the HCLDiv 4 West table with a convincing win over Hythe & Dibden.

16 July
Colts Presentation a big success
It was standing room only at the clubhouse as Lymington CC celebrated another colts season. Senior Coach Terry Crabb presented the trophies, and afterwards there was a raffle and a match between the colts. Colts Chairperson Marilyn Freedman was overwhelmed by the turnout. “It was great to see so many colts and their parents and grandparents at the presentation. Their support was greatly appreciated” she said.

16 July
We should be so Locky! Lymo capture first silverware of the season
Richard Lock inspired Lymington to victory over New Milton in the final of the New Forest Cricket Association Presidents Cup at Fernhill. The Solent University student scored 76 in a Lymo total of 125-4, and then took two wickets as Milton were restricted to 102-8 Report. Captain Ed Ellis was full of praise for Lock’s performance. “Locky batted so well – his contribution was the difference between the two teams. At the start I was hoping for 140, but it was soon evident that 125 was a pretty big score on that wicket but we still had to bowl straight and take our chances. Richard Nowell got a couple of early wickets and from thereon we bowled and fielded very well. We’ve shown how well we can play in the short format of the game  over the past few years and I hope we can carry it on in the T20 Cup competition”.

14 July
Colts Presentation this Friday!
Lymington Cricket Club’s annual presentation evening for the Colts’ section takes place this Friday at the clubhouse from 6pm. Coach Terry Crabb will be on hand to present the trophies and there be games played on the outfield. There will also be a tombola and auction with fantastic items such as a meal at The Hut at Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight worth £100, a three course meal for two at the Balmer Lawn Hotel, a sleepover and breakfast for two at The Angel & Blue Pig, a copy of Sally Fear’s latest book ‘Crown Keepers of the New Forest’ which retails for £35, a Rocio Illumini necklace from Buchanans, a Funky cricket bat worth £65 and a one-to-one hour long coaching session with a  top coach at the Ageas Bowl. If you can’t make it to the presentation, bids can be emailed to marilyn.freedman@me.com up until 6pm on Friday.

14 July
Parking on the football pitch
Lymington & Pennington Town Council have imposed a ban on cars parking on the football pitch at the Sports Ground with immediate effect. With limited parking available via the main Sports Ground entrance, members are encouraged to consider using the the Avenue Road entrance where more spaces are available. Visitors are also reminded that the car park behind the clubhouse is pay & display until 6pm every day, and is regularly patrolled by parking wardens. Being able to park up next to the boundary and watch the cricket from cars has long been a tradition at Lymington, and one especially appreciated by our older and disabled supporters. A disappointed Lymington Cricket Club chairman Peter Tapper commented, “I’m very sad that our spectators’ enjoyment at watching from close to the pitch in relative comfort has been withdrawn”.

13 July
Presidents Cup final venue changed
Friday’s rescheduled Presidents Cup final against New Milton has been moved from Bashley (Rydal) CC and will now take place at Milton’s Fernhill ground, 6.15pm start.

12 July
No Stone Cup final for Lymington
Lymington came agonisingly close to clinching a place in the final of the New Forest Stone Cup. Chasing Hythe & Dibden’s 112-5, Lymo fell just three runs short despite Damian Jayasinghe’s 38 not out. Report.

11 July
Under 15s win the league!
Lymington Under 15s have won the New Forest League. Currently unbeaten, their postponement due to rain yesterday means that with just one match to play they cannot now be caught. Congratulations to all the players and also to manager Sally who has galvanised the team so well. The side are also through to the semi-finals of the cup competition after a comfortable win over Fawley. Report.
The Under 9s produced their best bowling performance of the season but still came up just short against New Milton. Report.

10 July
Lymington drawn away to Alton in T20 quarter finals
Lymington face the long trek to Alton in the quarter finals of the T20 Cup… and they only have themselves to blame! The draw was made on Saturday morning at the clubhouse where Lymo Chairman Peter Tapper was given the honour of drawing out the teams, and duly presented Lymington with an away tie at Alton.
Meanwhile Lymington aim to reach the Stone Cup final for the second time in three years tonight when they face Hythe & Dibden at Jones Lane.

10 July
High drama at the Sports Ground as Lymo tie with Bashley
There was a thrilling conclusion to Lymington’s match with Bashley as the SPCL  programme finally beat the recent dreadful weather. Defending 178, Bashley looked to be well on top having reduced Lymo to 117 for 7, but Matt Metcalfe (31no) and debutant Josh Bowring added 27 for the ninth wicket before Bowring was bowled for 11 after a gritty 26 ball stay at the crease. Metcalfe, who had earlier taken four wickets, and last man Ed Freeman levelled the scores in the gathering gloom but high drama followed as Freeman was well caught low down at mid-off by Ryan Macciocchi to leave the match tied.
The Seconds were defeated by four wickets at Waterlooville despite Guy Layman’s 4-41, while the Fourth XI continued their fine run of late with a thumping 153 run win over Bransgore III with Thomas Sykes scoring 70. The Third XI continue to struggle and face a real battle to avoid relegation. Their latest match against Amesbury barely lasted long enough for the tea lad to lay the table, the Wiltshire side knocking off the runs in under 10 overs after Lymo had been shot out for just 66. Report.

8 July
More Lymington members’ secrets revealed!
Click here Find out whose perm ‘fell off’ after just one day, who is scared of hot air balloons, and who had an encounter in a public convenience with Field Marshal Montgomery of El Alamein…

8 July
Summer One-to-One Coaching with Ed Ellis
Ellis for webLymington First XI batsman and wicketkeeper Ed Ellis will be available to do one-to-one coaching at the Sports Ground throughout the summer. Ed was recently part of the Oxford University team that defeated Loughborough in the MCCU final at Lord’s, and is currently Lymington’s leading runscorer in the Southern Premier League.
Ed has a Level Two qualification and can coach all aspects of the game, whether it be batting, bowling, wicketkeeping or fielding. Known for his innovative batting style – especially in T20 cricket – Ed may even teach you how to play a ‘dilshan’ or a ‘ramp’ if you ask him nicely!
He will be available most Mondays and Thursdays during the holidays, and can be contacted via phone: 07885 538382 or email: edellis@live.co.uk
Book now while places are still available!

6 July
Colts Presentation Evening – Friday 15th July
On Friday 15th July the clubhouse will be hosting an evening full of awards, cricket, food and drink for the colts and their families.
Starting promptly at 6pm, the 2016 awards will be presented (hopefully by a famous Hampshire cricketer), followed by four ‘pairs’ cricket matches made up of teams of all age groups. Food will be supplied by Jan of the infamous Jamaican chicken wraps and there will also be burgers etc. The bar will be open all evening and there will be a tombola and auction. We are looking for some really good auction items, so please let Marilyn know if you, or someone you know, has something worth donating.

6 July
Matt MetcalfeMagic Matt wins June Player of the Month
Matt Metcalfe completed a memorable first half of the season by scooping the club’s latest player of the month award. The 30 year old seamer took 17 wickets during June, including a stunning 7-47 in the win over Havant. He currently leads the SPCL bowling averages with 22 wickets and has bowled more overs (105.2) and produced more maidens (30) than any other bowler in the division, conceding just 296 runs. Matt has now taken 110 SEPCL wickets in three and a half years for Lymington, bowling an incredible 656 overs in that time. His best figures came in 2013 when he took 9-51 against South Wilts.

5 July
Under 15s keep up record
Lymington Under 15s continued their great run of form with a comprehensive win over Bashley Report. The Under 13s narrowly lost their cup tie at Michelmersh, while an extremely young and inexperienced Under 9s performed well but just lost out at Hythe & Dibden.

4 July
Lymington march on in the cups
The club are still involved in three senior cup competitions. Guy Layman took four wickets as Lymo cruised into the quarter-finals of the T20 cup thanks to a 9 wicket win over Portsmouth at the Sports Ground. The following evening Lymington edged out Bashley by just seven runs to secure a place in the Presidents Cup final. The final was scheduled for this Friday but will have to be re-arranged as New Milton and Calmore have yet to play their semi-final. Lymington will also make the final of the Stone Cup if they can beat Hythe & Dibden on Monday evening. 

2 July
Rain ruins another Saturday league programme
For the second week running the weather decimated local league cricket. Matt Metcalfe took two more wickets before the rains arrived at the Sports Ground with Alton on 27-2. Fair Oak had reached 48-1 against the Second XI, while the Thirds came closest to completing a fixture when their match against Ampfield was abandoned with Lymo just 23 runs short of victory.

29 June
Lymo v Bashley… a token gesture!
Lymington travel to Bashley on Monday evening for their delayed President’s Cup semi-final clash. However the two clubs, plus Beaulieu CC, will also be competing in July to see who can acquire the most tokens from Waitrose customers as part of the store’s Green Token Scheme. At the end of July each of the clubs will be presented with a share of the £1000 prize, the final amount depending on how many tokens each organisation has received. So when you next shop at Waitrose, don’t forget to pop your tokens into the Lymington CC slot. 

28 June
T20 action returns to the Sports Ground
Lymington are back in T20 mode next Sunday when they take on Portsmouth in round two of the British Gas T20 cup at the Sports Ground. The match starts at 3pm and the club are hoping to have a barbecue running.

26 June
Under 11s win, Under 9s defeated
Congratulations to a very young Lymington Under 11s who defeated Michelmersh & Timsbury at the weekend. The Under 9s produced an improved batting performance but sadly still fell to a 40 run defeat against Bashley Report.

26 June
Rain frustrates Firsts and Seconds, Thirds lose again
The inglorious English summer weather again played havoc with club cricket in Hampshire. The First XI’s fixture at Burridge was abandoned with the home side on 41-3, but not before Matt Metcalfe had added another three wickets to his growing collection. The Seconds took two Havant wickets before an almighty cloudburst ended the match at the Sports Ground. Meanwhile, just four miles down the road at Milford the Third XI’s local derby with Pylewell Park somehow escaped the worst of the storms but skipper Mark Jackson will probably wish it hadn’t as they sank to a disappointing seven wicket defeat. The match did at least provide one of the best headlines of the season: Report. There was no match for the Fourth XI. 

21 June
Victory for Ed at the Home of Cricket
Congratulations to Lymington wicketkeeper and vice captain Ed Ellis who was on the winning side at Lord’s as his Oxford MCCU team defeated Loughborough University by 37 runs. Ed took two catches as the highly fancied Loughborough were dismissed for 230, Kent seamer Sam Weller taking three wickets. Earlier in the day Ed scored 10 not out. Zimbabwe opener Malcolm Lake scored 89  for the Oxford students.

21 June
Own up!
Which Lymo member has the worst dress sense? Who describes themselves as ‘pompous’? And who would never trust Wobbly Wharton with an intimate secret? Find out here in our slightly awkward question and answer session…

20 June
Exclusive! Lymington’s Number One fan gives first ever interview…
Click here to see what Johnny had to say about the Havant match, Matt Metcalfe and Lymo’s title hopes.

20 June
Magnificent Matt swings it for Lymo
Matt Metcalfe produced a stunning spell of bowling on Saturday, taking 7-47 as Lymington defeated Havant by 35 runs at the Sports Ground. After seeing his side bowled out for just 162, Metcalfe’s marathon 22 over stint turned the game on its head as Havant were dismissed for 127. The visitors appeared to be cruising to victory, but lost their last eight wickets for just 39 runs – Scorecard & Report. The match winning catch by skipper Simon Beetham can be seen here. The Second XI lost by seven wickets at Hursley Park – Scorecard. The Fourths defeated Hordle Village, while the Third XI match at Ellingham was a victim of Friday’s torrential rain.

15 June
Sports Ground to host W10 Festival this Sunday
Sunday (19th June) sees the next Women’s W10 festival taking place at the Sports Ground. Matches start at 2pm and the tournament includes sides from Lymington, Portsmouth, Portchester, Old Netley and Fair Oak.

14 June
Big run chase sees Under 13s through in the cup
Lymington Under 13s moved into the quarter finals of the NFJCA Cup competition thanks to a superb run chase against Bashley (Rydal). Bashley had amassed an imposing 132-8 but Lymo incredibly reached their target in just 15.3 overs. Report.

12 June
More cup success for Lymo
Lymington eased into the second round of the T20 Cup thanks to a 6 wicket win at Langley Manor. Simon Beetham (3-20) and Adie Hunt (2-15) were among the wickets as the Division Three side were restricted to 110-9. Ben Rogers’ brutal 63 helped Lymington reach their target in just over 16 overs Report. Meanwhile, at the Sports Ground Meg Gannaway made a welcome return to form with a superb 83 as Lymington defeated Sway by 68 runs in the Stone Cup Report.

11 June
Rearguard action saves the day for Lymington
Last pair Ollie Calcott and Ed Freeman batted out the final 15 overs to ensure a draw for the First XI against the Hampshire Academy at the Sports Ground. Chasing the youngsters’ 228-9 Lymington were in dire straights at 6-4 and then 148-9 before Ollie and Ed’s heroics saved the day Report. The Second XI suffered a comprehensive 8 wicket defeat at St Cross Report. The Thirds were similarly despatched by Burley Report. Once again, the Fourth XI flew the flag for the club with a massive 170 run win at Lyndhurst & Ashurst after rattling up a mighty 345 all out.

7 June
Under 15s march on
Lymington’s Under 15s remain unbeaten after a convincing win over Hyde in the NFJCA cup competition report.

7 June
Lymo sneak into semis
Lymington were given a scare by Hampshire League side Sway in the Presidents Cup quarter final, but eventually came through to seal a last four encounter with Bashley (Rydal). Report

4 June
Three wins out of four this weekend
The Third XI were the only Lymington senior side to suffer defeat on a day made memorable by Bryn Darbyshire’s superb 135 for the Seconds against Ryde at the Sports Ground. Playing in his first match in nearly a year, Bryn smashed 7 sixes and 14 fours, adding 222 for the sixth wicket with SPL debutant Jack Roberts who was unfortunately run out on 99. The pair had rescued Ollie Kelly’s team who had lurched to 69-5. Lymo’s eventual 326-9 proved too much for the spirited Islanders who replied with 238 all out. After the match an emotional Bryn dedicated his innings to close friend Nick Benson who tragically died of a brain tumour recently and was buried on Thursday. The scorecard and details of Bryn’s amazing innings are here and the match report here. The First XI also enjoyed a good win in their first ‘all-day’ fixture at St Cross. Richard Lock’s 45 was the highlight of Lymo’s rather modest 161 all out, but the metronomical Matt Metcalfe grabbed five wickets as the home side were shot out for just 120 scorecard and report The Thirds fell to a 92 run defeat at Mossifont report while the Fourth XI defeated Bournemouth V at Beaulieu.
Sunday saw Lymington defeat the students of Southampton University by just five runs at the Sports Ground report.

3 June
Lymo CC gets quizzical!
Friday evening saw the Sports Ground host a quiz night to raise money for new equipment for the colts section. Eight teams of six players battled it out, answering some tricky questions from expert quizmaster Dominic Brain. In an incredibly close finish, Adie’s ‘The Hunt Goes On’ team just pipped ‘Three Adults, Two kids and a Packet of Crisps’ for the first prize of a paddle boarding day out at Lymington Sea Water Baths. Thanks to Marilyn for organising the event and for all those who took part.

1 June
Thrilling win for the Under 15s
Lymington Under 15s’ friendly fixture with tourists Bromley produced an exciting finish with Cameron Roberston leading the way with 43 not out More….

1 June
Chris Todd RIP
We are sad to report the death of local cricketer Chris Todd who was, for many years,  a regular in our midweek friendly sides. More…

30 May
Cecil Abercrombie – a promising career tragically cut short at Jutland
Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest and deadliest naval engagement of the First World War. Among the 6000 British sailors to die on that terrible day was former Lymington cricketer Cecil Abercrombie. In 1913, just seven years after representing Lymington, Abercrombie made a century on his debut for Hampshire. He also played rugby union for Scotland, and may well have become a ‘dual international’ at rugby and cricket had the war not intervened. Full story…

29 May
Congratulations to Ed Ellis who has been awarded the Crestwood of Lymington Senior Player of the Month award for May. The Oxford student has been in fine form with bat, notching up 250 runs in just three innings during the month. Under 15 captain Charlie Hampton received the Colts Player of the Month award, also generously donated by our club sponsor Crestwood. The first Development Fund draw of the season saw Ollie Kelly (£100), Hannah Thorp (£50) and Alex Treagus (£25) scoop the prizes. Alex also had the added bonus of winning  a season of free cricket when his name was randomly selected from all those who paid their annual subscriptions before the 1st May.

28 May
Tolly’s tremendous ton lights up an otherwise disappointing day for Lymo
Chris Tollerfield struck a magnificent 185 as the Fourth XI cruised to victory at Ferndown Wayfarers. However, elsewhere there was little joy for Lymington’s other three senior sides. The First XI lost out by 10 runs to champions South Wilts at the Sports Ground despite Dominic Hand’s five wickets and 56 from Lewis McManus report, while the Seconds were defeated by three wickets at Langley Manor report. Jack Jowett’s half century wasn’t enough to save the Third XI from defeat against IBM Hursley at Woodside report.

27 May
Another win for the Under 13As, defeat for the Under 9s
The Under 13A team powered to a third straight victory thanks to a 54 run win over New Milton. Captain Josh Royan top scored with 33 as Lymo rattled up 129-8. Milton replied with 75-6 report. The Under 9s fell to a 69 run defeat against Lyndhurst despite a much improved bowling performance report.

24 May
High drama for the Purple Cobras at the W10 Festival
Lymington’s womens’ section – the Purple Cobras – took to the field for the first time since their triumphant debut at the W10 Festival last season. And there was no lack of excitement at Portsmouth CC’s Southsea ground with incredibly tight finishes in all three matches. Lymington tied their first match against Portchester; lost their second against Old Netley by just one run and won their final match with Fair Oak by the same margin.
Any ladies interested in joining the Cobras should contact Marilyn Freedman on 07901 982258 – there are taster sessions and training on Monday nights at Lymington Sports Ground at 6.30pm.

21 May
First social events of the season next Saturday
Next Saturday night looks like it could get busy at the clubhouse. The first Development Fund draw takes place and this will be drawn by Richard Durrant of our main sponsor Crestwood. Please contact Neil Trestrail this week if you haven’t already purchased your tickets. There will also be the players’ draw for a summer of “Free Cricket” for all those who paid their subs early. Finally, the Crestwood Player of the Month award for May will be presented. Richard Nowell has kindly donated a shirt signed by the current Hampshire squad and raffle tickets for this great prize will be on sale next Saturday with the draw taking place at a later date. Please come and support us from 8pm onwards. 

21 May
All matches off!
Sadly, all four league matches fell victim to the weather.

12 May
Three wins in a row for the Under 15s; Under 9s off the mark
Lymington Under 15s won their third match on the bounce, defeating Fawley by nine wickets at the Sports Ground Report. The Under 9s recorded their first victory of the campaign last Friday, also against Fawley Report

11 May
Dazza dazzles in derby day victory
Darren Cowley marked his long-awaited comeback after a year’s absence with a scintillating 75 runs from just 53 balls as Lymington beat old rivals New Milton by 25 runs at the Sports Ground. Cowley, along with Lewis McManus (45) and Ed Ellis (65), helped Lymo reach 252 all out before Richard Locke’s three wickets restricted Milton to 231-7 despite Tom Arnold’s fine century Report. The Seconds lost by eight wickets at Gosport while the Thirds and Fourths both witnessed low scoring matches but with very different outcomes. The Third XI dismissed Whiteparish for 78 before cantering to a seven wicket win with the classy Terry Crabbe (46) making a slow Woodside wicket look easy Report. The Fourths, meanwhile, chasing a meagre Christchurch total of 69, suffered a major batting disaster and were bowled out for just 56!

Impressive win for Under 13 Girls team
Despite having a somewhat depleted team Lymington’s U13 girls produced a fantastic performance to defeat Christchurch by 20 runs. Lymo managed to score 295 off just 12 overs, and with some extremely effective fielding held Christchurch to 275. Well done girls – a great game and excellent team spirit. Manager Greta Sansom gave special thanks to Annabella for rushing down at such short notice.

10 May
Three Lymington centurians make hay in the sun…
Ed Ellis wasn’t the only Lymingtonian to notch up a big hundred over the weekend. Lewis McManus continued his fantastic start to Dorset’s MCCA campaign with a second consecutive century, scoring 135 in five wicket win over Cornwall. Meanwhile, 
Neil Trestrail turned the clock back at Sarisbury CC with a vintage century which swept Hampshire Seniors to a ten-wicket ECB 50-plus County Championship victory over the Channel Islands. Tress plundered an unbeaten 121, including a six and 14 fours, and dominated an unbroken 212-run opening partnership with Colin Day (77) as Hampshire romped past the Islanders total of 210-9.

8 May
Lymo march on in the national knockout
Lymington progressed into the third round of the Royal London national cup competition yesterday thanks to an eight wicket win over Bournemouth. The victory owed much to Ollie Calcott who took three wickets and then scored a half century as Lymo cruised home. Nobody can actually remember if Lymington have ever reached the third round before; it’s quite unusual for the club to even reach the second round! Standing between Lymo and a place in the group final is a trip to South Wilts at the end of the month. Report and Scorecard.
One Lymington player not taking part in the pre-match warm up at Chapelgate was Meg Gannaway. He didn’t think he needed to after completing the RNLI 10k just a couple of hours earlier, finishing the race in a little over 46 minutes.

8 May
Another win for the Under 15s
Lymington Under 15s made it two wins from two with a win over neighbours Bashley. Thomas Sykes rushed back from school to top score with 40 as Lymo chased down Bashley’s 118-6 in the penultimate over. Report…

8 May
Ed’s incredible innings not quite enough for Lymo First XI
Ed Ellis came agonisingly close to pulling off a remarkable win for Lymington on day one of the new league season. Chasing a daunting Bashley total of 298-7, Ellis produced a stunning 140 before Lymo eventually ended just 10 runs short Report and Scorecard. In SPCL Division 3 Kieran Moors and debutant Richard Lock both scored half centuries as Lymington Seconds cruised to a 105 run win over Waterlooville at the Sports Ground with Guy Layman taking four wickets. The Third XI were defeated by 3 wickets at Winton in HCLCD4 West Report.

8 May
Cake stall makes £400
Saturday’s cake stall in Lymington High Street made a whopping £400 which will go towards colts equipment. Well done to everyone who manned the stall and donated cakes, especially Marilyn who organised the event.

8 May
Under 13s cruise to victory despite four golden ducks!
There was no shortage of entertainment at Hythe & Dibden last Thursday as Lymington Under 13A team began their title defence with an action-packed win over Hythe & Dibden more.  On Friday evening five youngsters took to the cricket field for the very first time as the Under 9s played their opening match of the season against Sway report.

7 May
The cricket season is here!!
Lymington will start their adult cricket season today as the First XI travel to neighbours Bashley minus overseas player Terry Crabb due to an SPL registration technicality and Ryan Scott who has a groin injury. Former Surrey spinner Richard Nowell is a late withdrawal for the Second XI after injuring himself at home as Waterlooville are the visitors to The Sports Ground where Richard Lock will make his debut for the club after transferring from Bashley. The Third XI visit Winton and there is no game for the Fourth XI this week.

6 May
Cake Stall in the High Street tomorrow
The colts section will be selling cakes outside Moore Blatch from 8am tomorrow (Saturday). Kids will also be able toplay ‘Owzat’ with some of our colts. Please pop in and say hello (and buy a cake!) if you are passing.

5 May
Congratulations to the Robertsons!
It’s been quite a time for the Robertson family with Cameron Robertson being selected for the Hampshire Under 15 squad and sister Frankie Robertson being chosen for the County Girls U13 squad for the forthcoming season. Well done and good luck to the both of them.

5 May
Under 15s kick off the season with a big win
Lymington Under 15s began their season with a thumping 74 run win over neighbours New Milton more…

27 April
Overseas player announced
We are pleased to announce that New Zealander Terry Crabb will be the overseas player for Lymington this summer. The former Auckland allrounder has recently moved to Lymington with his family and comes with a wealth of experience of Premier League cricket in New Zealand and here in England. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Terry and his family to the club.

27 April
Changes of venue
Due to the work currently being carried out on the pavillion at Woodside, a number of games have been moved to other venues. Third and Fourth XI home games will be staged at both Beaulieu and Milford On Sea until the work is completed in early July. A list of where each game is to be played can be found on the fixture page for each team.

26 April
First XI win at Portsmouth
The First XI chalked up their first victory of the season in the Royal London Cup away at Portsmouth on Sunday. Captain Simon Beetham led the way with the bat scoring 33 as Lymington totalled 155-9 in the alloted 45 overs report. Evergreen former Lymington Colt Eddie Freeman (3-16) then made three early breakthroughs as Portsmouth were all out for 131. Lymington travel to Bournemouth in the next round which will take place on the 8th of May.

9 April
NatWest cricket Force
The NatWest cricket force day will this year be on Sunday the 17th of April. We plan to spend the morning getting the ground ready for the season and then have some senior practice afterwards. We hope to see you all there!

18 March
Roll on the new season!
roller 2016
The Sports Ground’s motor roller is looking in fine fettle following its recent refurbishment by Wiltshire company Autoglide. The major overhaul included the welcome addition of power steering and the introduction of a key start to replace the old starting handle (much to Colin Cooper’s relief). These items alone should make the roller much easier for any willing volunteer to operate. The metalwork has also been repainted in traditional British rolling green. The total bill of the refurb was in excess of £7,800, with the town council kindly loaning the club £5,000 towards the cost. The price also included a 10% discount for the club being members of the NatWest Bank Cricket Force.
The roller is believed to be 56 years old and previously saw service at Hampshire’s old County Ground at Northlands Road before being acquired by the club in the late 1990s. It is a tribute to the craftsmanship of the original Autoroller engineers that, half a century on, rollers from that era are widely considered to be superior to those manufactured today.

16 March
New Kit
Looking for some new Lymington clothing? Clicking here will take you straight to our very own online club shop. Happy shopping!

20 February
2016 Fixtures Released
The 2016 fixtures have produced an interesting start to the season for Simon Beetham’s First XI. The strength of New Forest cricket at the moment has been highlighted by a trip to Forest rivals Bashley on the 7th of May and then followed by old adversaries New Milton visiting The Sports Ground a week later. The Second XI also start their campaign on the 7th of May by welcoming a strong Waterlooville side to The Sports Ground.

20 February
Golf Day
The Lymington Cricket Club golf day is booked at Barton on Sea for Wednesday 30thMarch 2016, the same format as previous years, 27 holes and then a quick meal. Any support by putting in a team or entering as an individual is much appreciated.  The Club does rely on this day being a success to contribute to the running of our Cricket Club. Please contact David Coles djicoles@yahoo.com if you are able to support this day.

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