Lymington 3rds traveled with a weakened side for this tough first away fixture. It was decided that Lymington should bat first, and as it was to prove, this probably saved the the team of mixed experience (the side consisted of old stalwarts, ie very experienced, and very young colts, ie very inexperienced, unfortunately there was not much in the middle except around the skippers waist where there is now far to much middle!!) having to pursue the ball to all parts.
The opening partnership of S Coltman and W Thorpe seemed to be settling in when a fine catch at 2nd slip removed the experience. Out strode S Tapper
(17) who after a little settling in period started to play some quality shots. At the other end Thorpe (13) belayed his tender years smashing his bat with an attempted drive. Unfortunately his replacement was not so much to his liking and probably aided his downfall when he mistimed a drive to a grateful mid on. Another young man strode into the breach, only for Bransgore to introduce A Field, who quickly accounted for T Noble, skipper Lowe, N Nother, and M Douglas. His figures of 3 overs, 4 wickets for 4 runs tells the tale. Lymington's last hope of a decent score ended when Cox 7 overs 3 wickets for 23 got a ball to climbed very steeply on Tapper and balloon out to point. Lymington's tail now exposed waged briefly when I Sparks (10) crashed 2 boundaries, but apart from some dogged batting from J Todd, N Elliott (3rd team debut at the tender age of 12) and G Renshaw there was little to stop the rampant Bransgore bowlers rapping up the innings quickly.
Bransgore attacked the Lymington bowlers from the off, making sure that rain would not wipe all their efforts out. The lymington attack of Todd, Thorpe, Noble and Coltman tried to find a way through, but merely kept a strong Bransgore opening partnership of M Butler(30no) and M Hooper(19) out in the middle for 12.3 overs. The good news for the skipper is it can't get much worse.