( target reduced to 136 off 30 overs)
The Havant cricket club made great efforts to get the game on helped by some local break in the rain clouds which allowed the sun to shine through when all around the area was rained off.
Lymington won the toss and even though rain clouds where about elected to bat with skipper Adie Hunt (2) and Sam Raphael (102) starting cautiously against some tight bowling but the former was out in the 11th over cutting uppish to deep gully. Dan Wiggins (14) after his heroics against Bashley in the New Forest Cup during the week started confidently but was adjudged lbw having struck 2 glorious boundaries. Former MCC Young Professional Morgan Rushbrook (19) batted well and took the score to 93 when after a rain break which reduced the match by 20 overs he ran on a misfiled and was adjudged run out. Young Cameron Grierson (0) came in but he too was adjudged lbw, Christian Pain (2) looking to regain his form of previous seasons struggled to find any form faced 41 balls before he too was adjudged lbw with the score on 116 for 5 in the 35th over Lymington were in trouble but overseas player Sam Raphael was holding the side together. Ollie Kelly (14) struggling for runs this year as well batted well but was run out backing up on a ricochet and Mark Newton (1) was adjudged lbw as well but the score had moved onto 168 for 7 in the 45th. Then Sam Raphael was given run out after reaching a magnificent century and with Trevor Phillips (5), Eddie Freeman (6 not out) and Lloyd Scott (0) the innings closed on 182 in the 48th over.
Havant were left with 30 overs to reach the revised target of 137 based on the SEPCL Elderfield/Moon adjusted run rate. Although reduced overs the bowlers were able to bowl their full quota of 10 overs and Christian Pain (10 overs 1 for 38) and Lloyd Scott (7 overs 2 for 20) bowled tightly. However 6 no balls and 12 wides gave the opposition both extra balls ( plus 3 overs) and runs but Eddie Freeman (5 overs 2 for 32) and Dan Wiggins (5 overs 2 for 27) chipped away at wickets. At 108 for 6 in the 25th over the odds were still in the favour of Havant but Sam Raphael (2.5overs 3 for 13) mopped up the tail. At the start of the last over the score was 132 for 8 with 5 runs required but panic set in and Sam Raphael picked up the last 2 wickets and Lymington won by 4 runs and gained 20 points.
A great knock by Sam Raphael (102) and the tight bowling of all the bowlers excluding the unnecessary no balls and wide balls backed up by some excellent fielding and catching proved a winning combination.
With a home game against Burridge next week Saturday 28th July at the Sports Ground Lymington having moved up into 6th position and with 6 matches left could move into a promotion slot with 6 wins out of the last matches!
BEST OF DAY Sam Raphael 102