The nets are up at Pylewell Park and everyone is dusting off their studs.
The pavilion is being re-thatched and the ducks are off the wicket. Cricket means summer, it means cream teas, sunburn, pints after the game and a little bit of exercise. For spectators, what can be nicer than an afternoon watching the runs mount and the stumps fly.
Play-Cricket (http://www.play-cricket.com/) is the ECB’s on-line cricket network for all Clubs, Leagues, Cup Competitions and County Boards. There are 188 Clubs registered in Hampshire and of those, 3 within the boundaries of Lymington, each with their own unique characteristics. Lymington CC is in the heart of the town with a second pitch at Woodside Gardens. Sway CC is in the middle of the village and like Lymington alongside the local sports grounds for tennis, bowls and football. Pylewell is an oasis of calm, minutes from the Lymington ferry terminal and walking distance from the Solent and the New Forest. All the clubs run adult and junior teams. The adults play on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the U9s play on Friday evenings, the U11/U15s on Sunday mornings and the U13/U17s on Thursday evenings as part of the New Forest League. Girls cricket is also played.
Pylewell is playing host to some exciting fixtures this year in addition to the regular 1st and 2nd X1 matches. Sunday 13 July will see Pylewell take on Lymington Hospital and on Friday 18 July Pylewell play The Authors XI (https://www.facebook.com/TheAuthorsXi) as part of Pylewell’s Arts Festival (http://curiousartsfestival.com/). On Sunday 24 August, Pylewell are playing BBC’s Radio Solent team who will be captained by Kevan James, former Hampshire County Cricketer.
If you want any advice on where to play cricket in and around Lymington feel free to contact me on 01590 612613.
Lynne Truell, Pylewell Park Cricket Club