Lyndhurst & Ashurst 256
Lymington’s first league fixture of the season saw them defeat a young Lyndhurst team at an unseasonably chilly Bolton’s Bench.
The home side, many of whom were playing in their very first cricket match, scored an admirable 256 from their 16 overs, and showed great resilience in losing only two wickets. Jacob Brook and Jack Arran were the top scoring batsmen while ‘extras’ provided by far the highest score as Lymington’s bowlers often struggled to bowl straight in the strong breeze. Baden Loveless was the one bowler to take a wicket (the other wicket being a run out) while Max Tait showed great promise behind the stumps, barely letting a bye through.
In reply, all the Lymington batsmen contributed runs as their reply raced to 294. Edward Fox top scored with 11, while Toby Etheridge, Harry Baddeley, Winston Loveless, Freddie Phillips and Charlie Maityard all found the boundary on at least one occasion. Wicket takers for Lyndhurst were Amily O’Donald, Jack Arran and Jacob Brook.
Toby Etheridge was the man of the match for his disciplined bowling performance and eight runs.
This was always likely to be Lymington’s toughest test of the season. Sway, with several district players in their ranks, are one of the best all round sides in the county. Opening batsman Jasper Condon set the tone with a blistering 31 runs, including 6 fours and a big six. The unfortunate bowlers were Ed Fox and Toby Etheridge, both of whom actually bowled quite well but paid the price for bowling a little too straight (if that makes sense!) at the powerful big hitter. West, Peppin and Wallis also made double figures as Sway rattled up a rather imposing 317 without loss. The Lymington bowlers were perhaps understandably a little phased by the carnage, bowling 21 wides as a result, although Baden Loveless produced a superb spell, conceding just seven runs in his three overs.
In reply Lymington made 242 and whilst never threatening their opponents’ total, they did at least protect their wickets with determination. Sway’s bowlers proved they could be almost as wayward as their Lymington counterparts, conceding 17 wides. Harry Baddeley top scored with six, followed by Cam McNamara with five.
Man of the match went to Baden Loveless for his frugal bowling performance.
Bashley (Rydal) 281
For the second week running Lymington came up against a talented opposition containing several district players. Taking that into account, Lymington – missing several players away on a rugby tour – actually batted with great skill and determination, only losing three wickets in their 16 overs. However, against some accurate bowling and sharp fielding, runscoring proved somewhat tricky and only eight runs were scored off the bat, the rest coming in extras in a total of 233. Top scorer with five was six year old Raf Layman, drafted in at short notice but not in the slightest bit phased by the occasion. Other runscorers were Ed Fox, Harry Baddeley and Toby Etheridge.
As was mentioned in the report of the previous match versus Sway, one of the cruel ironies of colts cricket is that the straighter the bowler bowls, the more likely he is to get hit to the boundary. So, while Bashley rattled up 91 runs, Lymo’s wide count (11) was probably the lowest it’s been in an Under 9 match for as long as manager Phillips can recall. Ed Fox bowled exceptionally well, conceding just seven runs and bowling no wides, while Charlie Maityard, Harry Baddeley, Winston Loveless, and Toby Etheridge each conceded just a single extra. Baden Loveless showed good pace and took 1-27 from his three overs.
There were many candidates for the man of the match award, but young Raf Layman just about sneaked it for top scoring in his first ever cricket match.
Lymington recorded their second win of the season against an inexperienced but spirited Burley side at the Sports Ground. Lymo themselves were without several regular players and there was a first call-up for Gerhardt Swamers, while Raf Layman kept his place after his impressive first start against Bashley the previous week.
Charlie Maityard (15) and Max Tait (8) set Lymington on their way with a 41 run opening stand. Toby Etheridge (7) and Ben Maityard (4) continued the good work as Lymington reached 283 from their 16 overs. Gerhardt Swamers and Freddie Phillips both scored two, while Kerr McGuffin protected his wicket well. Jamie Spiers, Lily Crowley and Ramon each took a wicket for Burley.
In reply Burley totalled 247 with Jack Webb top scoring with 7. Etheridge was Lymington’s most successful bowler with 2-9 and there were also wickets for Phillips and both Maityards, the latter pair gaining the distinction of probably being the first brothers in the history of Lymington CC to jointly win the man of the match award!
Most satisfying of all was the continued improvement with the team’s bowling, in particular the Under 8s Ben Maityard and Freddie Phillips. The bowlers are generally conceding fewer wides each week and now bowling with purpose and ‘momenteum’ (‘Momenteum’ being the Roman town where momentum was invented, according to Coach Phillips!).
The big test now is to keep that momenteum going..
The draw for the first round of the cup competition saw Lymington paired with Burley, the team Lymo had hosted in their previous league match a fortnight earlier. This time the match was to be played at Burley’s picturesque ground in the heart of the Forest, and it gave Lymington’s Australian assistant coach Billy Quigley his first taste of horse droppings on a cricket outfield (not literally).
Although Burley’s bowling was much improved this time round, Lymington were still able to find the boundary a number of times, particularly through Edward Fox (13), Charlie Maityard and Winston Loveless (16). Charlie, however, did blot his copybook somewhat with two dismissals, taking his score back down to zero Other contributors were Cam MacNamara (2) and Baden Loveless (3) as Lymo finished on 292.
Lymington’s bowling again showed improvement with just 15 wides in 16 overs. Most impressive of all was Edward Fox who bowled two immaculate overs without conceding a single run or extra. Baden Loveless and Toby Etheridge weren’t far behind, conceding just 3 and 4 runs respectively as Burley struggled to add runs. Despite this Lymington were unable to take a wicket until the ninth over when Gerhardt Swamers claimed his first ever dismissal, sadly missed by his father who was in the bush having a wee. The match finally sprang to life in the final four overs when Burley’s last pair embarked on some daredevil running between the wickets, taking their side’s score up to 255. However the last word went to man of the match Winston Loveless who took two wickets in the final over to cap a fine individual performance.
Hythe & Dibden 262
With Hythe’s main ground hosting a senior match, the Under 9s match was shifted a few miles south to the Queen Elizabeth II Recreation Ground in Blackfield. It is my firm belief that our dear Queen (Gawd bless her) has never been to Blackfield Rec, although there would be ample room for her to walk the corgis and troop the colour and that sort of thing, should she so desire.
Had the Queen (Gawd bless her) turned up she would have witnessed Lymington’s most exciting match to date. Lymington’s 273 owed much to Hythe’s generosity in the extras department. Indeed, only 11 runs came off the bat, Max Tait top scoring with 6 and Ed Fox 4.
In an act of extreme generosity that Queen Lizzie herself (Gawd bless her) would’ve been proud of, Lymington proceded to return many of their wides to the hosts – 34 in fact. Fortunately Harry Baddeley and the Loveless brothers conceded just 4 extras between them. Despite this the score was creeping up and with one over to go the home side were just seven runs behind. Some sharp running between the wickets from Lydia Pooley (5) and George Richards (7) (no doubt inspired by their coach the former Lymington legend Sid Shirazi) saw this whittled down to two runs with just one ball remaining. Amid high drama the ever-reliable Winston Loveless bowled a dot ball to give Lymington a nailbiting one run victory. Or was it? Later analysis of the scorebook revealed that Hythe’s score was actually ten runs less, so the final result wasn’t quite as close as was first thought. However, all agreed that the match had provided great entertainment for the players and spectators, which did make me wonder if perhaps the scores in all Under 9 matches should be ‘manipulated’ in some way to provide an exciting last ball finish.
Sadly the Queen (Gawd bless her) was unable to arrive in time to present the man of the match award to Cameron McNamara who had batted with resilience, bowled a fine first over, and generally showed great enthusiasm throughout the match.
Pylewell Park B 258
Lymington ventured down to Woodside for their latest fixture against Pylewell Park’s B side. The visitors got away to a good start thanks to Oscar Nicholas who struck three boundaries, but were soon pegged back, losing seven wickets in their first 12 overs. Winston Loveless, Freddie Phillips, Kerr McGuffin and Cameron McNamara all bowled with improved accuracy. Christie Duigan and guesting Lymington batsman Baden Loveless provided some late impetus with a stand of 38 as Pylewell ended their innings on 266.
With the help of a regular supply of wides Lymington made steady progress in reply. Ben Maityard, Harry Baddeley and Freddie Phillips protected their wickets well, while Kerr McGuffin recorded his highest score to date. However, with four overs left Lymo were still behind their target. Fortunately, the last pairing of Winston Loveless (10) and Charlie Maityard (15) batted superbly and were able to take the final total up to 278 at the close.
One of the great joys of coaching is witnessing the improvement made by the less experienced players as the season progresses. so it was very pleasing to be able to present Kerr McGuffin with this week’s man of the match award for his improved batting and bowling, and also his increased enthusiasm in the field
Pylewell Park A 280
The Under 9s were honoured to be the first team to utilise the redeveloped pavilion at the Sports Ground as Lymo took on Pylewell A team. Lymington’s 286 owed much to the 68 extras gifted to them by the visitors, although every Lymo batsman scored runs with Baden Loveless top scoring with 10. The same player then grabbed a wicket in the first over, but Oscar Nicholas (16) led the Pylewell response well, and with four overs remaining Pylewell were on course for victory. However, three wickets in one Charlie Maityard over turned the match on its head. Going in to the final over the visitors required 16 runs. Baden Loveless kept his cool, conceding just nine runs despite the brave efforts of Isaac Sopher who scored 15 runs but was unfortunately run out twice.
Charlie Maityard’s match-turning over earned him the man of the match award.
Charlie Maityard’s match-turning over earned him the man of the match award.