Mad as Hatters!
Lymington 118 all out
Lymington’s troubled season continued with another defeat but, according to modern sporting parlance, there were signs of seeds of recovery. Indeed, there was a suspicion that Lymington’s fielders had been on the whetstone with their fielding much sharper than normal. Not that Damian Jayasinghe (1-31) needed any assistance from the fielders, bowling S.Wakeford without scoring. Unfortunately, from a Lymington point of view, the next wicket was more than 100 runs in the waiting. Despite the temptation to feel like mere flotsam, buffeted upon an ocean of runs, Lymington’s young side glistened as the Koh-i-noor in the field, Hugo Smith and Will Jowett shining particularly brightly; in both cases, complimenting their bowling. Amongst these bright young things, Peter Tapper (2-34) showed the value of experience, keeping a check on the run rats despite M Covill (74), J Melhorn (58no), A Coveney (51no) and I Swain (51) all scoring half centuries.
After a promising start to their reply, and perhaps on the verge of their own Wonderland, reaching 70-1, with Mark Gannaway (40), Lymington soon disappeared down a rabbit hole of their own making. Lymington thus crumbled as inevitably as Cheshire Cheese, whilst G Ramsey (2-30) and J Hand (3-29) wore the grin of the Cheshire Cat. To their credit, the young Lymington batsmen did not panic as the Mad Hatter may have done, with Josh Royan (12) guiding his team beyond 100, although perhaps grateful not to have to use a flamingo as a bat.