Lymington U9s 241
New Milton U9s 249
Lymington Under 9s produced their best bowling performance of the season so far, but some diciplined batting from New Milton enabled the visitors to leave the Sports Ground with a narrow 9 run victory.
Batting first, Lymington reached their highest aggregate score of the season – 271, but unfortunatley lost six wickets along the way in the face of some good bowling from James Miller who took 2-2, and James Herbert and Sam Sargent who both took a wicket. Disappointingly, Lymington lost two wickets to run outs by forgetting to run their bats in, an aspect of the game they’d been working hard on all season. Once again, Ollie Dixon top scored, finding the boundary three times. Ed Fox and James Collison hit the other two boundaries of the innings while Lucas Le Povedin, Jack Carswell, Libby Hinman and Harry Baddley all preserved their wickets well.
Those two run outs ultimately proved the difference between the two teams as Milton’s batsmen resolutely defended their wickets. Dixon made an early breakthrough and went on to concede just three runs in his three overs, but Lymington were unable to dislodge Ollie Galloway, Miller, Herbert and Hinman, and it wasn’t until the ninth over before a second wicket fell to Le Povedin. Going in to the final four overs of the match Milton were just behind, but some skilfull batting from Ryder Willis-Finn (3) and Ben Morris (5) saw the visitors creep into the lead, and try as they might, Lymington couldn’t get past their resolute defence.
Mention must be made of Libby Hinman who ended up batting and bowling for both teams (it’s a long story!) and came out of the game with much credit.