1. Karl Whatham - Aussie opening batsman who overcame extreme homesickness to notch up 570 league runs in 2004, including a best of 106 not out against Ventnor. His bowling proved to be an unexpected bonus as he took an impressive 37 wickets with his huge away swingers, finishing top of the SPCL Division Two bowling charts. And all this from a player who wasn't allowed to bowl back in Australia.

2. Tony Wharton - Loyal clubman who joined Lymington from Trojans after spells with Langley Manor, Deanery, Hythe & Dibden, Cadnam, New Milton, Lyndhurst. Very handy seam bowler who earned his 'Wobbly' nickname for his ability to move the ball about in the air and off the pitch. Best Southern League bowling figures of 4-34 in 1988. Stylish batsman in his younger days, top score for Lymington of 106 not out against Gosport in 1990, in later years played for England Over 70s in an Ashes Test against Australia, not that he likes to talk about it. Has filled almost every role at the club at some point and was awarded life membership in 2014.

3. Peter Williams - Popular  and competitive South African batsman who played a few matches at the tail end of the 1982 season but returned a year later to help Lymington win their first Southern League title. High quality batsman in the classical style, his 497 runs came at an average of 62 and included a best of 92 against South Wilts. Like Whatham above, his bowling came as an unexpected surprise. A 'net bowler' back home, he took 27 wickets at just 12.4 and included best figures of 5-17 versus Old Tauntonians. Made 50 First Class appearances for Natal and Eastern Province, scoring nearly 2,000 runs. Tragically took his own life in 2014 at just 56 years of age.

4. Grant Van Heerden - Hefty South African batsman nicknamed the 'Wildebeest' who was Lymington's overseas player between 1993 and 1995.  Hugely powerful striker of the ball, made nine half centuries in league matches but sadly couldn't go on and make three figures, often running himself out at inopportune moments. Highest league score of 96 against South Wilts, and averaged 60.13 in 1994. Reserved many of his best innings for Sundays, friendlies and cup competitions. Could bowl seam up or spin and recorded best figures of 4-33 against Longparish.

5. Dan Wiggins - Batsman who had scored thousands of runs at lower league level and was similarly successful when he stepped up to Southern League level for Lymo in 2006. Scored centuries in consecutive weeks at the end of July, 2006 (against Havant and OTs & Romsey) and ended the season with an average of just under 33. Useful inswing bowler with best figures of 3-28 against Rowledge.

6. Don Whitlock - Talented local cricketer whose playing career spanned five decades. A resolute top order batsman, scored his first half century for Lymo in 1954 but moved on to Pennington and then Rydal. Returned to the Sports Ground in 1976, scoring 308 Hampshire League runs and taking 41 wickets at 18.1 in that season. Took 61 wickets in all cricket in 1977, and 53 the next, along with scoring 791 runs. Rejoined Rydal in 1982 but moved back to Lymington once more in 1992 and captained the Second XI to two promotions in three years. Guided the Third XI to promotion before reverting back to Rydal (by then Bashley (Rydal)) for the final time in 1996. Widely regarded as one of the shrewdest captains in the club's history.

7. Andy Wilson - Seam bowler who bowled a heavy ball off the wrong foot. Took 6-42 against United Services in 1989 and averaged  20.7 in league matches during his five year spell with the club. Could whack the ball miles and change a game very quickly. Highest score for Lymington of 129 not out in a friendly against Wimborne.

8. Joe Walsh - All rounder whose playing career took in more than 40 years and two World Wars. First mentioned way back in 1912 when he took three wickets in four balls against Boldre. Two years later scored 72 versus Totland Bay and was a key member of the team in the inter-war years. Recorded his best bowling figures of 9-58 against RAF Calshot in 1938  and in 1943 averaged 80 with the bat. Carried on playing well into his sixties, taking 23 wickets at 11.6 in 1950, and was later awarded life membership of the club.

9. Ian Young (w/k) - Steady wicketkeeper/batsman. Prolific runscorer in the lower leagues, joined Lymington in 2001 and a year later kept wicket in the SEC Trophy final at the Ageas Bowl. Recorded a highest score of 63 against Havant 2005 and played some very important match-saving innings for the First XI.

10. Alan Wright - Spin bowler and a member of the 1983 title side. Took 19 wickets at 15.5 with best bowling figures of 6-40 against Petersfield. Played a handful of matches the following season but then disappeared. Alan, if you're out there please give us a call!!!

11. Terrence Walsh - Prolific leg spinner whose unorthadox bowling action (the ball was delivered almost from behind his head at a decent pace) bamboozled many batsmen in the post war years. In cricket week in 1950 he took 20 wickets for just 51 runs in just three matches, having previously taken 8-12 (including six clean bowled) against Dorset Rangers in 1947.

Scorer: Tracey Wright

Summary: Very handy batting line up and decent spin attack but probably lacking a strike bowler. Joe Walsh and Don Whitlock both captained the First XI at various times and they may have to fight it out for the captain's armband in this team.

The V/W/Y Second XI will be published tomorrow.

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