Sarisbury won the toss an elected to bat first on a blustery day at the Sports Ground. After losing two early wickets, Lymington looked on top. However, Sarisbury fought back well despite some tight bowling from Will Thorpe in particular, who finished on 3 – 45. Some lusty late blows swung the game back in Sarisbury’s direction, and at 262 for 8 at the close.
Lymington knew they needed to bat well in order to register a much needed victory. A solid start gave a good foundation for a run chase, but after Guy Hayward was controversially run out for 53, Lymington gradually fell behind the rate. When Matt Bowdler (53) was joined by Ed Molloy, Lymington had hope of recovery. Molloy comfortably clearing the cow corner boundary with lusty blows. However, with wickets falling at regular intervals, the task gradually became too much. Lymington kept pushing for victory right to the end, but eventually fell 40 runs short of their target. Lymington, still requiring a victory to be sure of survival in County 1, will look towards an improved bowling effort as cause for optimism.