Sway made a steady start to their batting as both sides jockeyed for pole position in the opening stages. However, Lymington really came to the races with the introduction of Finn Ambrose to the attack, taking 4-1 in his first two overs. With William Entwistle and Harry Illsley also picking up wickets, the Sway innings was quickly losing momentum, and it needed a late push from Matt Laverton (5) to see Sway to 211.
An early wicket by Dominic Keen (1-9) hinted at great things for Sway, but Finn Ambrose and George Edwards consolidated the middle order, to leave Lymington on 210 at the halfway stage. Such solid early work left it free for James Cornwell – who unleashed two superlative straight drives in his 9 – and Jo Holland (10) to bat with a certain amount of freedom. They received ample support from Hugo Chandler (4) and Harry Illsley (6), who also captained with great intelligence at the first time of asking.