Skipper Adie Hunt lost the toss and Purbrook elected to bat. Top Division 2 wicket taker Lloyd Scott (10 overs 3 for 62) was a bit wayward conceding 7 wides in his first 6 overs enabling the opening batsmen to settle in without too much problem. Dependable but alas wicketless Trevor Phillips (12 overs 3 maidens 0 for 21) bowled an immaculate line and length and in his first 6 overs conceded only 1 run off the bat. The introduction of Mark Burrett (6 overs 1 for 28) produced the first wicket and Adam Darbyshire (10 overs 1 for 31) also picked up a wicket. When Keith Dabengwa ( 12 overs 5 maidens 3 for 43) was introduced into the attack the pitch took spin and wickets fell at regular intervals with good catches by Dan Wiggins and Bryn Darbyshire including Will Prozesky a batsman in good form who had just got past a half century. Leading Division 2 wicketkeeper Mark Newton arriving 9 overs late after oversleeping... picked up a stumping and a catch but Purbrook kept the score ticking along and finished on 202 for 9 after 50 overs. The pitch was 'interesting', damp in places (Purbrook do not have covers) after the recent rain with some extreme variable bounce, one of Trevor's standard deliveries on a good length caused the umpires to get together to see if it should be declared a no ball bouncer!
Lymington requiring only 4 runs per over Mark Jackson (2) promoted from the 2nd XI to add solidarity to the batting was bowled round his legs in the eighth over. Adie Hunt (17) got his head down and with Bryn Darbyshire (43) playing with aggression took the score to 36 before the former was caught. Bryn kept the score racing along in his best SEPL2 knock of the season so far until he fell to a caught and bowled chance. Batting along side Bryn, Keith Dabengwa (14) looked to put Lymington in charge but he was bowled with the score on 81 bringing in Dan Wiggins (30) and at 134 for 5 with 18 overs left Lymington were favourites but wickets fell and only Neil Trestrail (24) made any runs in the lower order. Neil batting pulled his calf muscle, with Keith as a runner he looked quite at home, showing no inclination to run..., he set Keith off for some quick singles that would not have been attempted by Neil for many a year! The tail crumbled and were all out in disappointing fashion in the 42nd over 32 runs short. Last man Adam Darbyshire who had pulled a groin muscle while bowling also used the services of Keith as a runner. Christian Pain the top run scorer was missing due to other commitments and will be back for the crucial match next week away against St Cross. With a record of 4 wins and 4 losses Lymington's slim promotion prospects to Division 1 are slipping away in this very open league.