Lyndhurst & Ashurst 286
Lymington’s third match of the season saw them take on Lyndhurst at the Sports Ground. Having run so well between the wickets in their previous match, openers James Collison and Olly Dixon suffered something of an aberration this time round, with four run outs in the first four overs, although in fairness this owed much to Lyndhurst’s sharp fielding and accurate throwing. Fortunately Dixon struck a couple of fine boundaries to redress the balance a little, but with Ben Mayes grabbing a wicket in a fiery opening spell Lymington found themselves languishing on minus seven runs with a quarter of the innings gone. David Muirsmith and George Muilburn protected their wickets well to take Lymo to 204 from eight overs although the score was then pegged back again by Jacob Hussey’s two wickets in two balls. Lymington’s last pairing of Lucas Le Povedin and Winston Loveless batted well against some accurate bowling and helped take the score up to 217.
One of the aims of the season has been to reduce the number of wides from the Lymington bowlers, and this certainly seemed to be working in this match. However, the Lyndhurst batsmen defended their wickets with great skill and determination and only two wickets were lost throughout the innings despite some much improved bowling, particularly from James Collison (0-13), David Muirsmith (0-7) and Ollie Dixon (1-12). With Ben Mayes (15), Jo Brooke (12), Tom Dyer (10) and Jacob Hussey (10) and Erin Mayes (9) all batting well and finding the boundary, Lyndhurst were able to reach 286 at the close giving them a well deserved 59 run victory.
Edward Fox was presented with the man of the match award for some fine wicketkeeping and five runs, while mention should also be made of Harry Baddeley who made his debut for the team.