THE C TEAM (Second XI)

1. Steve Coltman - Fearless batsman who was top scorer for the First XI in 1978 with 307 runs and played for the next two decades before becoming an umpire for the SPCL. Former army man, nicknamed the 'The Major', well known for his distinctive floppy sunhat and baggy hand-knitted pullover. Awarded an OBE for his charity work.

2. Arthur Curtis - Attacking batsman and frugal bowler who came to Lymington in 1946. In his first season scored 708 runs in friendly cricket including a best of 103 against Winchmore Hill, and made a century in just 45 minutes in the Stone Cup against S.M.R.E. Followed that up with 128 against Dorset Rangers in 1947. A dentist by trade who clearly valued the full use of his fingers, he once sensibly declined Hampshire's offer of a game against Nottinghamshire's England pace duo of Larwood and Voce.

3. John Chidsey - Tall, enterprising striker of the ball who represented the club from 1958 to 1969, regularly amassing in excess of 300 runs a season. His best Summer came in 1961 when he scored just shy of 500 runs including 88 against Deanery.

4. Charlie Craft - University studies meant that Lymington sadly never really saw the best of this powerful attacking batsman who had been prolific in colts cricket. But when he was available he often destroyed bowling attacks, such as during touring matches against Ruislip Victoria and Maccabi in 1998 when he scored 150 not out and 84 respectively.

5. Hugo Chandler - Former colt who blossomed last season, smashing 88 for the Second XI at Portsmouth & Southsea including nine huge sixes.

6. Jonty Cooke - Batsman who made one First XI and 17 Second XI appearances between 2012 and 2015 with a top score of 22 against Waterlooville in his final season. Was later very successful with Hampshire League side Stockbridge, scoring just under 2,400 runs in four seasons.

7. Paul Coles - Gritty left handed opener who represented all four of the club's league XIs before emigrating to Australia in 1997. Occasional leg spinner who once took four wickets in four balls against Michelmersh. Nicknamed 'The Locust' for his incredible ability to devour huge meals in double-quick time.

8. Chris Cooper - Another of the 'Whitehouse Wonders' team of the early 1980s. Scored more than a thousand runs in all forms of the game in 1985, including 279 in the league, earning him the Third XI player of the year award.

9. Jason Carr - Naturally talented all rounder who came through the colts system and represented all four XIs at various times. Highest score for the Second XI of 94 against Redlynch in 2001 and best bowling figures of 3-43 against Portsmouth in 2000. Once took 4-2 in a Midweek League match at Esso. Almost certainly his most famous wicket (courtesy of a stunning catch by Adie Hunt) would be India Test opener Vinod Kambli who played at the Sports Ground for a touring side from Mumbai in 2000. Now living in the USA.

10. Martin Cooper - Underrated opening bowler who played for the Seconds and Thirds for many years before moving over to Pylewell Park.

11. Sonia Carswell - Purple Cobras skipper who has led the Lymo ladies team to several tournament successes in the past couple of years.

Scorer: Phil Calcott.

Mentions: David Chadwick, Indi Chakrabati, Ed Carter, Tom Carter, Clare Collins, Berni Clayton-Smith, George Crouch

Summary: Some very powerful hitters in there, run rates shouldn't be an issue, but looking light on the bowling front. Finding a wicketkeeper could be tricky.

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