Ventnor won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket damp from recent rain and the opening attack of Lloyd Scott (12 overs 1 for 50) and Adam Darbyshire (7 overs 2 maidens 0 for 35) were unable to make an initial breakthrough however the scoring rate was kept down. Nippy Tom Myatt (10 overs 2 maidens 3 for 53) picked up the first wicket in the 19th over with the score at 73 and there was another wicket due to a run out in the next over. Trevor Phillips (12 overs 0 for 30) bowled tightly but was unable to add to his seasons haul. Keith Dabengwa (9 overs 1 for 54) picked up another wicket but conceded a few runs in the last overs including 13 off the last. Ventnor finished on a getable 226 for 7 off 50 overs.
In reply Lymington started steadily with Keith Dabengwa (41) and Adie Hunt (21) before both fell in the 13th over with the score on 64. Run machine Dan Wiggins (5) misfired but a fourth wicket stand of 71 between Mark Burrett (43) and Bryn Darbyshire (40) put Lymington in the driving seat but the former was out in the 37th over quickly followed by Neil Trestrail (0) bowled first ball. Trevor Phillips (28) played some attacking shots including two 6's and he departed in the 46th over try to up the run rate to reach Ventnor's total with Adam Darbyshire( 0), Ed Molloy (1) , Lloyd Scott (3) and Tom Myatt (1 not out).
Ventnor's win makes them Division 2 champions for the third year and they are hoping that the Southern League will allow them into Division 1 in spite of their fruit bowl shaped ground, we shall see.
Lymington after all that good effort finished just 23 runs short and got only 7 points. However events at Hungerford mean that Lymo will remain in the Silver league next year. Hungerford CC did not fulfil their fixture which means a points deduction and with it relegation, along with OT's and Romsey who's recent improvement in form has come too late. Interestingly Hungerford's second team did put out a team and play....