There were back to back successes for the Lymington CC U13a team at a sun drenched Sports Ground this week.
First up on Wed 8 July was the New Forest cup semi final v OT’s & Romsey. Lymington lost the toss and OT’s elected to bat. How they must have regreted that decision 10 overs later when they were all out for 13 with only 6 runs coming off the bat. OT’s did have strength in their batting line up but were never given a chance to build any partnerships.
The Lymington bowling was superb from the outset. Thomas Sykes and Harvey Jefferies produced an inspired opening spell of swing bowling. Both taking 2 wickets each in their first 2 overs with 3 of these being clean bowled hitting the stumps at bail level.
Will Usher was straight and economical. James Williams maintained the pressure with a wicket. OT’s started to panic and decided to risk a quick single, only for Ben Donnison to show a cool temperament sweeping up the ball in the outfield and delivering it back to the top of the stumps for Sam Stockton to remove the bails. It only got worse for the OT’s batsmen, as further wickets were taken by Ethan Perry West, Jude Tollerfield and Ben Donnison. There were 2 well taken catches from Jenson Lightfoot and one from both James Williams and Josh Royan. Sam Stockton completed a tidy night behind the stumps with only 2 byes.
It only took 3 overs for Sam Stockton and Josh Royan to knock off the runs as Lymington finished on 16/0 to win by 10 wickets.
So Lymington advance into the cup final on Sunday 26 July at Langley Manor CC.
Next on Thursday 9 July it was Bransgore in the league.
After losing the toss and being asked to field, Lymington opened the bowling with Will Usher and Oscar Marshall who successfully restricted the Bransgore batsmen. Oscar took a wicket and both bowlers could easily have had 2 each if the Lymington fielders had been able to hold onto their slip catches. However it was first change bowler and one of the rising stars in the U11a team , Jamie Maas who really took the game away from Bransgore, taking 3 wickets for 9 runs in his 3 overs. Harvey Jefferies with 3 wickets for 1 run and Josh Royan with 2 wickets for 1 run were also mighty impressive with the ball. Thomas Sykes hit the stumps with a direct hit run out, Will Usher took a fine catch and Bransgore were finally all out for a total of 60 in the 16th over. Sam Usher impressed behind the stumps.
Thomas Sykes ( 33 not out ) and Hugo Smith ( 19 not out ) then made batting look easy as they knocked off the runs in just over 5 overs with Lymington finishing on 63/0 to win by 10 wickets.
Below: Lymington CC U13a captain Thomas Sykes and vice captain Hugo Smith are pictured together at The Sports Ground.