Dorset's Glyn Treagus and Australian all-rounder Karl Whatham set a new all-time partnership record in Southern Electric Premier League, Division 2 cricket - but later sat shell-shocked and stunned in a silent Lymington dressing room as Ventnor probably torpedoed their prospects of playing top flight Premier League cricket next season.
The pair were cock-a-hoop after putting together an opening partnership of 266, but downcast after title rivals Ventnor had knocked off a massive 288 to win by five wickets. To add salt into Lymington's wound, Ventnor got their 290-5 with almost five overs to spare! Treagus celebrated his highest SPL score in making 154, while Whatham reached his unbeaten 106 just before Lymington's 288-1 came to an end. But Lymington coach Dave Gelling sounded a warning during the tea interval. "It was such a good Sports Ground track that I honestly though we were about 30 short of what we really needed - and, regrettably, I was right," he said. Prolific hitting Ben Craft sat with his pads on in the pavilion throughout the Lymington innings.
Ventnor, who may go head-to-head with leaders Alton for the Premier 2 crown, went off like a train in search of the target. Led by one-time Bashley (Rydal) all-rounder Ian Hilsum (38), they rattled along at ten runs an over from the off - and quickly put Martin Hunt, Ben Craft and Whatham out of the Lymington attack. Lee Brown, with a league best 97, was at the forefront of the run avalanche, adding 61 with Martin Blackman (24) before the off-spin of Treagus (3-57) accounted for Neil Westhorpe and Josh Nelson all three batsmen. When Brown fell to Peacock and Ventnor dipped to 191-5, Lymington appeared to have the situation under control.
But Andy White, whose innings ruined Hursley Park's chances of a win at Steephill last week, smashed 66 off 40 balls and with Mark Fletcher (31 not out) alongside, steered Ventnor to a stunning victory with four overs to spare.