Lymington once again tested the nerves of their supporters with a nailbiting 2 run win over Hursley Park. The victory puts clear daylight between Lymo and the chasing pack and means that Dan Peacock's outfit are now the only unbeaten team in the Division after seven weeks of the season.
Radio Solent certainly chose the right match to broadcast. The game had everything: 514 runs, two centuries, a hatful of sixes and four Lymington wicketkeepers!
Ben Craft was Lymington's hero, smashing a magnificent 129. He came to the wicket with Lymo on the ropes at 69 for 4 and proceeded to bludgeon 6 sixes and 11 fours in a mighty onslaught. Craft was ably assisted by Dan Peacock (43), and these two guided Lymington to 258 for 8.
But even this imposing total looked to be inadequate on Hursley's shirt-front batting strip as the home side raced away through Paul Marks (100) and Adrian Small (77). Lymington's hopes sank further as wicketkeeper Scott Sivier was carried off to hospital with a suspected broken ankle after inadvertently stepping on the ball. But deputy Dan Peacock donned the gloves and promptly turned the game on its head with the stumping of Small. Incredibly, Dan then stumped Paul Edwards off a Mike West wide! Amid high drama the Lymington captain was forced to change the bowling nine times and use four different keepers.
Wickets continued to tumble as Hursley edged closer to their target.'Captain Dantastic' entrusted himself with the final over with Hursley needing 12 to win with just 1 wicket remaining. They reduced this total down to just 5 from 2 balls. The experienced Andy Marks then edged the ball past substitute Dave Gelling at fly slip and set off for two runs. Amazingly Marks and last man Wilson then attempted a suicidal third run while Gellers retrieved the ball. He hurled it to the third stand-in keeper Whatham who in turn lobbed it to the non-strikers end where a gleeful Peacock run out the despairing Marks to give Lymington a nerve-jangling 2 run victory.
A truly breathtaking match, only tempered by the injury to Scott Sivier. Scotty left hospital on crutches and will have to wait for the swelling to go down before a full diagnosis of the injury can be made, although he is highly unlikely to play at Calmore next Saturday. We wish Scott a speedy recovery.
Mike Vimpany's full report of Saturday's dramatic events at Hursley can be found on the official Southern Premier League website at www.southernpremierleague.com