The Sports Ground and pitch looked a picture in the sunshine a credit to the council groundsman Paul Banks and when skipper Adie Hunt won the toss he elected to bat, a decision he may have wondered when he was bowled 5th ball. This brought in last week's centurion Dan Wiggins and he carried on where he left off, along with Keith Dabengwa (65) and they put on 129 to put Lymington in control in this crucial match before the latter was caught and bowled in the 25th over. Christian Pain (14) was also caught and bowled and Bryn Darbyshire (33) played his normal attacking approach before he was also caught. Dan Wiggins (110) meanwhile was in commanding form completing excellent back to back league centuries, he was out in the 38th over, caught on the boundary going for a straight six, having hit 15 boundaries and 2 sixes off 102 balls. Neil Trestrail (12), Mark Burrett (0), Mark Newton (11) and Trevor Phillips (0) all departed in the search for quick runs but a late flourish by Adam Darbyshire (27) including one big six and Lloyd Scott (1 not out) took Lymington to a huge 287 all out.
Needing to take quick wickets Lymington's opening bowlers Mark Burrett (4 overs 0 for 22) and Adam Darbyshire (9 overs 1 for 37) were unable to achieve this. Former Hampshire Youth player Lloyd Scott (6 overs 0 for 43) didn't have the best of days while being watched by a Hampshire Under 17 selector after his 24 wickets this season.
It was not until the introduction of Keith Dabengwa (12 overs 3 for 43) that a wicket fell and the dangerous Charlie Forward (78) was eventually dismissed by the accurate Trevor Phillips ( 12 overs 2 for 33) his first wicket for a few weeks. Christian Pain (7 overs 2 for 28) picked up some late wickets and OT's and Romsey finished on 214 for 8.
Lymington now open up a gap over OT's (99 points) who look destined for relegation but the other spot is between Hungerford (110), Purbrook (117) and Lymington (131). Lymington's final 4 games are Rowledge(Away), Andover (H), Ventnor (A) and Trojans (A)
Dan on his way to 110 in 102 balls
Keith coming in as an opener scored a fluent 65
Bryn scored a rapid 33
|Mark takes on a spinner