Lymington decided to take advantage of winning the toss by batting first, and Adam Darbyshire took more advantage than most, smashing 126no off just
79 balls, including a liberal dose of boundaries along the way. This followed Ed Molloy (29) giving Lymington an ideal start, but upon his departure wickets kept falling at regular intervals, making Darbyshire's innings all the more important. At the end he was joined by Chris James
(34no) who rolled back the years in a masterclass of batting. The fall of Lymington's fifth wicket brought about the declaration and an early tea.
The extra time gained by this declaration meant that Lymington had plenty of overs to dismiss their visitors, but despite an early breakthrough by Marc O'Sullivan, the batsmen began to dig in. When wickets did start to fall to they fell in a flurry, and the work of James and Tom Myatt was supported by Nick Elliott and Craig Tapper, all of whom took wickets. Despite two more wickets falling in the final over, the last one proved elusive and the Taverners were able to leave with the draw.
BEST OF THE WEEK: A Darbyshire (Lymington) 126no