The wicket at the Sports Ground and the outfield looked a picture after all the rain and a credit to the council groundsman and the club helpers.
The opposition had not won a game so Lymington were looking to bolster their points tally. Tichborne Park won the toss and batted first against the opening attack of Tom Myatt ( 10 overs 2 for 48) and Trevor Phillips (10 overs 2 maidens 2 for 28) with the latter bowling one of the openers in the 4th over. Christian Pain (9 overs 1 for 46) had the other opener caught behind in the 16th over and Ollie Kelly (9 overs 1 for 56) caught and bowled a batsman in the 28th over. At 152 for 3 in the 30th over Tichborne Park were well placed for a huge total but their main batsman M Cheyney (91) was lbw to Dan Wiggins (8.1 overs 3 for 35) in the 34th over. The bowlers kept chipping away and Tichborne Park finished on 250 all out in the 49th over.
Although a fairly large total the wicket was playing well and 5 an over was not impassable however it needed a sheet anchor to stabilise the Lymington score. Adie Hunt (7) was bowled and Sam Raphael (20) caught and bowled but Cameron Grierson (15) stuck around but the middle order once again collapsed with Bryn Darbyshire (7), Dan Wiggins (14), Christian Pain (0), Ollie Kelly (2), Simon Naylor (1) and Mark Newton (0) offering no resistance. At 82 for 9 in the 28th over the match was lost but Trevor Phillips (19 not out) and Tom Myatt (13) led the team to 110 all out in the 36th over.
Once again Lymington's batting frailties were more than apparent on a perfect batting strip which the opposition thrived on and made the best use of. Unless the batsmen come into form then relegation is now a threat. The match against Havant 2nd XI at Havant is very much a crunch match with only 7 matches remaining.
Hopefully Monday nights resounding victory over local rivals Bashley in the New Forest Presidents Cup will have put some of the batsmen into form for the league.