Having lost only their second game of the season the previous week, Bashley were determined to finish with a win to secure themselves second place. This may have been the plan, but at 7 for 3 the reality was far from the theory.
The early damage had been done by Luigi Di Maria (2-8 off 12 overs) and Laurie Hillman (2-43), and things got worse before they got better, with Bashley rocking at 28 for 4, and another 137 still needed for victory. With Nick Haining having injured himself whilst batting, Lymington found themselves a bowler light and Mark Figgins (65) and R King (69no) began to take full advantage as the began to rebuild the innings. As the partnership grew, so to the runs began to flow more easily, and despite a late wicket from George Hayward (1-34), the chase had been well judged, with victory assured with nine balls to go.
Earlier in the day, it had seemed that Bashley would be chasing a much bigger total as Steve Coltman (51) and Mark Gannaway (39) put on 81 largely untroubled runs. Matters appeared to be getting even better at 151 for 2 with 12 overs still left, and Laurie Hillman (33) and Nick Haining (18) going well. However, things quickly changed as the last eight wickets fell for the addition of just 13 runs. Indeed, the scorecard had a binary feel to it, as the last seven batsmen scored either 0 or 1. The instigators of this downfall were B Richards (4-7) and G Bettle (3-13), and by the end of the match, this may well have been the difference between the teams.
BEST OF THE WEEK: S Coltman (Lymington) 51
M Figgins (Bashley) 65
R King (Bashley) 69no