In the penultimate match of the season at Rowledge it was essential that Lymington achieved a win and maximum points from this fixture in order to move up the table. Winning the toss Adie Hunt invited the opposition to bat on a rain affected pitch and outfield. Opening bowlers Aussie Peter Smith (8 overs 3 maidens 0 for 13) and Hampshire Under 16 bowler Lloyd Scott (7 overs 1 for 34) put pressure on the batsmen with the latter getting one of the openers with the score on 24 well caught by Bryn Darbyshire and Trevor Phillips (6 overs 2 for 38) although not as economical as usual then picked up 2 wickets. With half the opposition side out for 70 Lymington were well on top and the introduction of Christian Pain (12 overs 4 maidens 2 for 30) kept the pressure on and with debutant Adam Darbyshire (12 overs 2 for 44) bowling with enthusiasm and pace Rowledge did well to recover from 100 for 7 after 33 overs with an eighth wicket stand of 60 before Ian Metcalfe (43) was unluckily run out and Mark Burrett ( 4.4 overs 2 for 27) then polished off the tail. The fielding was excellent with Bryn Darbyshire, Adie Hunt and Christian Pain picking up 2 good catches each. There were 27 wides in total which effectively is nearly 4 extra overs.
Needing to get 194 in 50 overs for the crucial win and get maximum points by not losing more than 5 wickets Lymington openers Mark Jackson (3) and Ian Young (1) were dismissed with score at 12 and with Peter Smith (14) following with the score on 35 things looked rather grim, however, Bryn Darbyshire (84) set about the bowlers before he was out caught 16 short of a well deserved maiden league ton having hit 3 sixes and 12 fours.in 60 balls. He was well supported by Mark Burrett (51 not out) who achieved a well deserved maiden league half-century and back to form Martin Hunt (17 not out) including one classic off side boundary saw the team home without any further loss of wickets and gaining maximum points.
This moves Lymington into 6th spot and with now 6 wins and 7 losses and 158 points mathematically away from the relegation positions with one more match remaining this week at home against 2nd placed Ventnor who are still fighting for the title.
Best of day
Bryn Darbyshire 84
Mark Burrett 51 not out