Lymington v St Cross Symondians – Lymington Sports Ground, 3/6/2017
On a beautiful early June Summers day, Lymington hosted St Cross at the Sports Ground in the first of this seasons all day 120 over British Gas Southern league premier matches. The teams were back in whites, red ball and white sight screens.
The toss was won by Simon Beetham the Lymington captain and with the match starting at 11am, he elected to bowl first and try and extract any potential early morning assistance from what appeared to be an excellent playing surface. Lake opened the bowling from the Town end and soon had St Cross batsman Tom Foyle caught at mid wicket by Dickinson, Metcalfe then dismissed Young and Van Beek, leaving St Cross at 24-3, however a fluid partnership took place between Came and Meade, taking the score to 91 , Meade was then run out by a fine throw from Ryan Scott and Came was LBW to the wiley Ed Freeman, wickets continued to fall and St Cross were all out for 163 in the 53rd over about 50 minutes after lunch, enabling Lymington plenty of overs to try and overturn this total.
The St Cross opening attack, consisting of Dutch International Van Beek and Hampshire professional Hart is probably the best opening bowling partnership in the premier league. Malcolm Lake and Ryan Scott had other ideas and after seven overs Lymington were 50-0, Lake was dismissed for 41 when the total was 55, then Scott and Lock took the score to 98, when both players were dismissed, Scott scoring 40. Calvin Dickinson scored 18 of eight balls, before skying a catch off the bowling of Came. Ed Ellis and Dom Hand steadied the innings and in only the 24th over, Ellis hit the winning boundary to secure a comprehensive victory for Lymington , Ellis was 34 not out and Hand 14 not out.
New Milton v Lymington – Fernhill, 27/5/2017
Lymington captain Simon Beetham lost the toss on a cold gloomy late May afternoon, New Milton decided to bowl first, a definite advantage bearing in mind the weather conditions. Ryan Scott and first team debutant Malcolm Lake opened the batting and sadly an early misunderstanding whilst running for a third run, resulted in Ryan Scott being run out without scoring. Richard Lock coming in at number 3 decided to throw caution to the wind and proceeded to attack the bowling, he was dropped on 5 , then two balls later Lake was dropped by the New Milton captain for 2, Lock was then dismissed for 8 and at 17-2, Lymington needed some stability and the reliable Ed Ellis came to the crease to join his Oxford MCCU teammate Lake at the crease. A superb partnership of 128 took place, dominated by Lake, when Ellis was unfortunately given out caught behind off Gargaro for 46. Hand then came to the crease and was soon dismissed by a decent Dan Loader Yorker, leaving Lake and Beetham together, Lake soon reached his 100 with a straight six and together with Beetham they completely demoralized the New Milton bowling attack with a exhilarating partnership of an undefeated 147, the final score being 302-4 after 50 overs. Malcolm Lake 171 not out and Simon Beetham 57 not out.
New Milton batsmen had a mountain to climb and with the confident lake also opening the bowling, they were put to the sword, Lake taking 3-9 off his first five overs and Guy Layman taking the wicket of Edwards at the other end, New Milton were 20-4, they were finally dismissed for 155, Shrubsole played a superb rear guard innings scoring 67 and the other Lymington bowler of note was their young 16 old leg spinner Cameron Robertson who took two for 34 off 9 overs.
A superb all round performance by Malcolm Lake and a fine 147 run victory by Lymington.
Lymington v Bashley – Lymington Sports Ground, 20/5/2017
On a grey overcast day with rain in the air at the Sports Ground Lymington’s captain Simon Beetham won the toss and elected to bat. Lymington’s openers Terry Crabb (40) and Ryan Scott (0) were soon separated when the latter was bowled in the 1st over which brought in Richie Lock (1) but he was caught behind by Chris Ridley off the bowling of Simon Ridley. Calvin Dickinson (2) was bowled and with 3 wickets down for 7 runs Lymington had not backed up the skippers choice to bat. However Crabb and Ed Ellis (106) repaired the damage before the former was caught with the score at 83. This brought in Dominic Hand (45) who batted well before he was caught at 190 and then in the pursuit of quick runs Ellis was caught and so was Simon Beetham (13) and then Matt Metcalfe (6) lbw with Chris Blake (10 no) and Guy Layman (5no) and Lymington finished on 240 for 8 after 50 overs.
In reply Lymington’s opening bowlers Matt Metcalfe (10 overs 1 for 39) and Simon Beetham (6 overs 1 for 22) picked up an early wicket but Bashley’s Australian overseas player Patrick Page (109) although dropped in his early innings led the recovery along with Josh Digby (39). Guy Layman (9.1 overs 0 for 43) and spinner Richie Lock (10 overs 1 for 40) along with Ed Freeman (3 overs 0 for 18) were unable to make a breakthrough. It was the spin of Dominic Hand (6 overs 1 for 47) who picked up a wicket and with Chris Blake (4 overs 0 for 24) Bashley won by 6 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Alton v Lymington – Jubilee Field, Alton 13/5/2017
On a grey overcast day Lymington’s captain Simon Beetham won the toss and elected to bat. Lymington’s openers Terry Crabb (156) and Ryan Scott (50) in the teams new coloured clothing started well and put on 142 before the latter was out bowled. Solent University student Richie Lock (23) was also bowled bringing in new signing Oxford Brooks student and Hampshire 2nd XI player Calvin Dickinson (71) started impressively and faced only 40 balls before he was out lbw. Fellow Oxford Brooks student and Dorset player Ed Ellis (35 not out) carried on his fine form of last year although Dominic Hand (3) was unfortunately run out leaving Simon Beetham (6 not out) to face 5 balls. Lymington finished on 381 for 5 off the 50 overs.
In reply Alton were soon in trouble against the Lymington opening bowlers Matt Metcalfe (9 overs 2 for 31) and Ed Freeman (3 overs 1 for 22) with the latter getting an early wicket. Simon Beetham (5 overs 1 for 21) and Guy Laymen (5 overs 1 for 33) kept up the pace bowling before spinners Richie Lock (6 overs 2 for 18) and Dominic Hand (3 over 1 for 10) followed by fellow spinner Chris Blake (3 overs 2 for 11) who wrapped up the tail. A comprehensive win for Lymington by 233 runs.
Next week on Saturday 20th May Lymington take on at the Sports Ground local rivals Bashley starting at 1pm in whar is expected to be a closely fought match. The new pavilion is not yet ready so the use of the football club portacabins will add a new dimension to the fixture with reduced seating areas.
South Wilts v Lymington – Lower Bemerton, 6/5/2017
South Wilts Captain James Hibberd won the toss and elected to bat in the first league game to be played with a white cricket ball, black sight screens and coloured clothing over 50 overs in southern England.
Matt Metcalfe soon had Eddie Abel out LBW for 6 with the score on 13, then a partnership developed between Holland the South Wilts Australian and the talented young Will Wade of 67, before Holland was LBW to Chris Blake for 22. James Hayward and Wade took the score to 152 when Hayward was bowled by Richie Locke for a quick scoring 46. South Wilts ended up with a score of 240-9, with Will Wade scoring 103 and Matt Metcalfe taking 3-32 as the highlights.
Lymington lost Rogers early in their run chase and continued to lose early wickets before Richie Locke who was batting with confidence was joined by the belligerent Dom Hand, these two steadied the innings and put together a partnership of 74, Locke was then dismissed by Hayward for a fine 54, Hand soon followed for 42. At 150-9 Lymington were in trouble and the tenth wicket partnership between Layman and Freeman added another 42 runs, providing important runs and keeping up with the run rate. Layman was finally dismissed by Holland for 22, leaving Freeman undefeated on 22. Lymington 193 all out.
A disappointing defeat, but key players Calvin Dickinson, Simon Beetham and Dimitri Adams were missing and hopefully all be available next week when Lymington go away to Alton next match.