The Sports Ground looked a picture on a warm afternoon and the work done on the football goalmouth and the outfield looked perfect. Lymington lost the toss and were asked to bat no doubt due to the unsettled forecast.
Adie Hunt (20) and Simon King (0) opened the batting and the latter was bowled in the 3rd over shortly followed by Mark Burrett (0) also bowled. The captain was joined by debutant Dan Wiggins from Alderholt CC who began to settle in and played some good shots and the pair put on a stand of 72 before Adie Hunt was bowled for a solid 20 in the 23rd over. Former skipper Neil Trestrail (35) kept the score moving along to 122 after Dan Wiggins had reached his fifty on his debut he then was caught for a fine 61 shortly followed by Trestrail. At 139 for 5 after 39 overs Christian pain (22) and Martin Hunt (12) increased the run rate but it was Mark Newton (24 not out) who really accelerated the scoring in the last few overs with a number of lusty blows to all parts to take the score to 213 for 8 off 50 overs. General option was that the total was some 30 runs or so shy of par and some good bowling and fielding would be required to get the win.
In reply Trevor Phillips (12 overs 5 maidens 0 for 36) and Lloyd Scott ( 12 overs 3 for 27) who bowled tightly got the home team off to a great start as the scoring rate was only a little over a run an over for the first 12 overs. In the wickets column Lloyd made an early breakthrough clean bowling the opener in the second over, this followed Trevor just failing to hang onto a tough caught and bowled opportunity from the other opener in the first. Christian Pain (12 overs 4 for 59) then had a wicket well caught by Lloyd in the 18th over and although wickets were hard to come by not helped by a few dropped chances the run rate fell well below the required rate. As St Cross tried to increase the run rate wickets fell with Mark Burrett (10 overs 2 for 49) and Martin Hunt (4 overs 0 for 17) aiming to get among the batsmen but with the return of young Lloyd Scott and Christian Pain both picking up 2 wickets each the St Cross tail crumbled. Joe Lovett (54) put up some late resistance with a series of 4s however they finished 6 runs short of a tie with the last wicket falling off the last ball well caught on the boundary by Mark Burrett.
An excellent match on an excellent top level Premier League Gold standard wicket – a credit to Paul Banks the Council Groundsman.