Lymington Under 9s welcomed Sway to the Sports Ground for their opening fixture of the season. For many of the squad this was their first ever cricket match, and given that fact, Lymington’s bowlers and fielders actually did pretty well for the majority of the Sway innings. James Collison impressed with 1-4 from his 3 overs, while David Muirsmith and Ed Fox also took wickets. However, John Peppin, Ollie Marshall and Luke Shearer all batted superbly towards the tail end of the Sway innings, enabling the visitors to total an imposing 311. The running between the wickets of the latter pairing was exhilerating, to say the least!
In reply Lucas Le Poidevin hit the ball hard, but generally in the direction of the nearest fielder, although he and Jack Carswell were able to keep the score above 200. Winston Loveless and David Muirsmith were similarly denied runs by some good fielding. Charlie Shields, like Lucas, protected his wicket well and was not out, before New Zealander Ollie Dixon and James Collison produced the best partnership of the innings, adding 14 runs. This total included two cracking boundaries from Ollie who already looks like a Brendon McCullum in the making. Despite this, Sway were always in the ascendancy and with Marshall and West both taking two wickets Lymo were restricted to 215, giving the visitors a whopping 96 run victory.
Ollie was named Lymington’s man of the match for his tight bowling and swashbuckling batting.