Shot of the week

Week 4 – May 23rd: With three defeats out of the four league matches played this week there weren’t too many candidates for Shot of the Week. The First XI skipper was far too modest to include his own lofted drive for six over long off at Bashley and instead nominated Lewis McManus’ perfectly timed straight drive for four early in his innings. Similarly, despite top-scoring for the Seconds, Ollie Kelly’s modesty prevented him from mentioning his own innings and instead put forward Jonty Cooke’s cover drive on the up. Fourth XI captain Lee Moors mentioned some lovely on and off drives from William Entwisle, but this week’s winner can only go to a member of the victorious Third XI. Tempting as it was to include Tom Thorp’s late cut for two which took Lymo’s score past last week’s feeble 17 all out, the shot of the week goes to young Finn Ambrose who smacked a six over a fairly sizeable long-on boundary at Emsworth.

Week 3 – May 16th: There can’t be many team captains who, when asked to nominate the best shot played by a member of their team the previous Saturday, reply with: “a single poked into the offside” or “a top edge over the keeper for two” or even “a single through the slips”, but that was about as much as the poor old Third XI skipper Meg Gannaway could offer the ‘Shot of the Week’ judges this week. Such was the calamitous nature of the batting performance which saw the Thirds skittled out for just 17 runs, it would even be tempting to nominate the Ferndown Wayfarers’ opening bowler who conceded two wides as Lymo slumped to 4 for 8 at one stage. Elsewhere, there were a few proper meaty blows to remember, not least from this week’s winner Ben Rogers who smashed a straight six over The Tins during the First XI’s win against Sarisbury. Second XI captain Olile Kelly nominated Conor Moors’ majestic straight drive at Waterlooville, while over at Burley the late Martin Hills would have been mighty proud of son Max who struck several boundaries as he top scored for the Fourth XI.

Week 2 – May 9th: Not a great week for Lymo on the whole, so not too many big hits to choose from. Chris Jennings’ elegant lofted drive for four off South Wilts’ former Lymingtonian Christian Pain was the only shot which merited a mention from the First XI skipper, while Bryn Darbyshire’s six to get off the mark against South Wilts II earned the nomination of Second XI skipper Ollie Kelly. However, Shot of the Week for week two goes to Fourth XI skipper Lee Moors who found the boundary at New Milton with a reverse sweep that KP would have been proud of.

Week 1 – May 2nd: No doubt about the winner here… Darren Cowley who nonchalantly launched his first ball back over the bowler’s head for six at St Cross. Dazza went on to hit several more sixes on his way to a maiden Southern League century.

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