After a stop-start opening to the summer due to bad weather and a fixture cock-up caused by the club’s handbook editor (ie. me!) who really should check his own work more carefully, Lymington Under 9s’ campaign is now truly well under way. They took on local rivals Bashley at the the Sports Ground in their latest match. Batting first, Bashley found Lymington’s bowlers in a frugal mood, conceding just one boundary in the entire innings. The wide count, although much improved on previous weeks, still added 22 runs to the Bashley total, although wickets for James Rose, Jacob Varney and Nic Simons helped restrict the score to 235. For the visitors Charlies Neal (9no) and Donaldson (6no) were the top scorers.
Opening batsman Marcus Wray (10) gave Lymington’s reply a flying start and, aided by a fair amount of wides, the home side took control of the game. Varney and Jack Rose both recorded positive scores and with the last pairing of Freddie Fitzsimmons and Nic Simons at the crease Lymington were well ahead on 259. However, Donaldson bowled the final, and unquestionably the best over of the night, taking two wickets to ensure Lymington closed on a rather more modest 251, giving the hosts a 16 run win.