Under 9s experience the thrill of playing at the Ageas Bowl
Just a couple of weeks after staging the England versus New Zealand ODI, the Ageas Bowl played host to 36 colts teams from around the county in the Zooters Under 9 festival. Lymington were one of the lucky teams to play on the hallowed turf and began well with a seven run win over Fair Oak in their first match. Lymington’s bowling, much improved in recent weeks, suffered something of a relapse with a whopping 16 of the 35 balls bowled resulting in wides or no balls. Nic Simons was the pick of the bowling with 1-3. Fortunately, the team’s batting was considerably better than its bowling, not least Marcus Wray who produced an early nomination for performance of the day, smashing 22 runs from one four ball over. However, with the last pair at the crease Lymo were still lagging behind the Fair Oak score, but a four and a six from Freddie Fitzsimmons in the final over ensured a narrow win.
Alas, the win was to be Lymington’s last success of the day. In their remaining group games they came up against two highly accomplished teams in Odiham and Cove. Against Odiham, Lymington’s bowling was markedly improved with far fewer wides. Sadly, the opposition batsmen took a liking to Lymington’s straighter bowling and scored 47 from their eight overs. Nick Dodd took the only wicket to fall and then partook in the best batting partnership of the Lymington reply, adding 10 runs with Fitzsimmons. Lymington finished with a creditable 29 runs, but lost four wickets along the way (each wicket costing the batting side minus five runs) to give Odiham a convincing net 38 run win. The Cove match was a similar story. Cove’s opening pair thrashed 23 runs and although the wide count was again reduced, the north Hampshire side were able to rattle up 59-1. Henry Wood and Wray gave Lymington’s response a good start and this was continued by Oliver Carswell and Jack Stewart, but wickets in the final overs saw the score slip back to a net 10, giving Cove a huge 44 run win.
So to the plate play-off against Petersfield Panthers. Once again Lymington received a good start through Wood and Fitzsimmons, and then Simons and Jacob Varney but Petersfield struck back with four wickets in the second half of the innings to leave Lymo on a rather meager net score of seven. Petersfield’s batsmen spent little time in overtaking Lymington’s score, and despite some probing bowling Lymo were unable to take any wickets and so departed the competition.
Although one win from four matches may seem like a disappointing return at the end of the day, it’s worth noting that the standard of teams was incredibly high, and the experience of playing against such high calibre opposition, particularly at such a prestigious venue, can only be of benefit for the Lymington players. In some small respect, all of the Lymington players are improving week on week, and although we know we’ve still got a long way to go to compete with the likes of Cove and the eventual tournament winners Easton & Martyr Worthy, if we work hard in training and continue to progress, we’ll get there one day.
Lots of photos of the day here…