Lyndhurst & Ashurst 227
Lymington’s ever-improving Under 9s recorded their best result of the season so far as they defeated league leaders Lyndhurst & Ashurst in a close game at Woodside.
Marcus Wray (8) and Henry Wood (5) once again gave Lymington a solid start, adding 16 runs in the first four overs and losing just one wicket (to Kate Jeffrey). The second and third pairings of James Collinson & Aaron Coles and Jacob Varney & Nic Simons were rather more retrospective, defending stubbornly and losing just one further wicket (to Louis Kirk). Lymington’s last pairing of Nick Dodd & Freddie Fitzsimmons attempted to lift the run rate, the latter hitting the only boundary of the innings, but wickets for Joe Brook and Jacob Hussey, plus two fine maidens from Ben Mayes and Kirk, meant that Lymington ended their innings on a modest 232. Hussey recorded the best bowling figures for Lyndhurst, taking one wicket for just three runs in his three overs.
A maiden from Wood and a wicket maiden from Wray ensured that the visitors were on the backfoot right from the start of their reply. Further wickets for Varney and Simons left Lyndhurst on just four runs at the half way point of their innings. Some fine batting from Hussey (8) and Brook (3), assisted by a smattering of wides, increased the score to 219 with four overs left. Ben Mayes and Louis Kirk took Lyndhurst to within five runs of their victory target, but a wicket from Wood in the penultimate over swung the match back Lymington’s way before Wray returned to the fray to win the day with a superb final six balls as the gallant visitors ended just five runs short. Wood proved to be Lymington’s best bowler, taking 2 for 7 in three overs and not conceding a single wide.