The opening game of the mid-week social matches took place under burning skies at The Sports Ground. Batting in tropical heat Lymington lost Scott Tapper for 5 and young Matt Bowdler with a brave 47 threatened to take apart a very friendly attack and achieve his life ambition of hitting a six. Matt has travelled from Australia to achieve this feat but this simple task is still on his to-do list. The scoring meandered along until Peter Tapper entered the arena and firstly with Geoff Renshaw and then with Captain Chris James merrily attacked the bowling until the intense heat finally clouded his judgement on 98 to lob a simple catch to the wicketkeeper and fall agonisingly two short of his ton.
The final total of 234 was very achievable against our limited and aging attack. However wickets tumbled as Lymington tried to buy the odd wicket and this theory worked for the first time in ages. Scott Tapper nearly bowled Lymington to victory but Ickenham managed to defend the final few overs.