Side Batting First: Lymington 251 all out
Side Batting Second: CBBEA 230 for 5
With Lymington's batting frailties being an almost weekly tale of woe it was with a healthy dollop of trepidation that they chose to bat first against top of the table CBBEA. The gulf between the two sides in the league table may have encouraged the home captain to set overly attacking fields which, coupled with the short boundaries and quick outfield saw Lymington make a rollicking start. Such gaiety was soon dampened when Mark Gannaway (31) was dismissed at the start of what was to be a double wicket maiden. Despite another three wickets falling without the batsmen making double figures Damian Jayasinghe refused to reign in his natural instincts and was rewarded with an avalanche of boundaries – ninety runs coming in this manner. When Jayasinghe was finally dismissed for 104 by D Burt (5-31) it was left to Oli Northover (48) to continue the onslaught. The lack of caution was highlighted in that there were three unused overs when the last wicket fell, although the 41 extras would prove to be a considerable aid to the cause in
the final analysis.
Despite clearly being a strong batting side, three of the top order had their stumps uprooted as Matt Allen's sheer pace blew them away. Jayasinghe continued his good day for – despite being wicketless – bowled a relatively tight spell. By the time that Allen returned to the attack for the final few overs, C Doick (49) and M Hampton (99no) had manoeuvred CBBEA into a position to launch an attack. Doick fell to Allen (5-49) in the process, whilst Scott Tapper also kept his head well in the heat of the run chase to help ensure a morale boosting victory for Lymington.
BEST OF THE WEEK:
D Jayasinghe (Lymington) 104
M Allen (Lymington) 5-49