Careful how Hugo!
Lymington II 379-4
Sarisbury Athletic II 74 all out
Ollie Kelly’s men could well be described as a well-oiled unit. Sadly the same could not be said of the engine in Hugo Chandler’s car which, after making all manner of clonking noises on the M27, finally conked out a few hundred yards from Sarisbury’s cricket ground, leaving Mssrs Chandler, Moors, Royan and Quigley stranded. Captain Kelly immediately rode to the rescue, picking up Quigley but leaving the other three by the side of the A27. He obviously knew where his priorities lay.
Among those who made it to Sarisbury without any similar dramas were Felix Ambrose and Tom Atkins, both making their first appearances of the summer. The inclusion of these two powerful batsmen meant that Lymington were rocking up with arguably their strongest batting line up of the season, and against a Sarisbury side who, by their own admission, were enduring something of a traumatic campaign. Consequently a few eyebrows were raised in the visitors’ ranks when news arrived that Sarisbury had invited Lymington to bat on a hard and flat Allotment Road pitch. After a watchful start, openers Kelly and Quigley began to accelerate and took the score 73, although spinner Cameron Pye briefly applied the brakes with the dismissals of both Kelly (for 29) and the unfortunate Robinson (for a duck) in his first over. However, this brought Quigley and Atkins together, and these two soon went up through the gears as the run rate took a dramatic upturn in speed. The Sarisbury fielding became leakier than Hugo Chandler’s radiator as Quigley reached his third century of the season, eventually falling for 114, while Atkins bludgeoned his way to 63 in a superb third wicket partnership of 153. Even the dismissals of these two failed to quell the onslaught as Ambrose (91no from just 41 balls) and Royan (45no) took the score up to 379-4 at tea. The home side’s fortunes were not improved when seam bowler Jason Allmark broke down and was carried off the field in agony. Thankfully, scans later revealed no break or serious damage to his ankle.
Faced with a nye-on impossible task, Sarisbury’s batting spluttered in the face of some hostile bowling from Kieran Moors. Steaming in like a super-charged Formula One car, Moors took 6-37 in his best spell of the season. At the other end Trevor Phillips, chugging in like a second hand Thorp Motors Montego by comparison, picked up three wickets as Sarisbury slumped from 39-1 to 74 all out. Shane Freemantle (23) and Sean O’Toole (27) battled on gamely but were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Lymington recorded maximum points in their quest for promotion back to the Southern League.
After the match the good old AA arrived to tow away Chandler’s car. It’s unlikely that even the AA can rescue Sarisbury’s season, which is a shame since they seem to be a decent bunch of lads. Whether Lymington will be heading in the other direction remains to be seen, but with lengthy road trips to Rowledge and Hook on the horizon, Captain Kelly may be well advised to think carefully about the mode of transport for his star men Quigley and Moors…