Without the benefit of covers the Purbrook wicket was always going to be a grafting one but the Lymington batting collapse was not what was expected when replying to the Purbrook total.
Purbrook won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious sunny day against the Lymington opening attack of Tom Myatt (5 overs 1 for 28) and Adam Darbyshire (6 overs 2 for 16) with the latter getting 2 early wickets the second one brilliantly caught by his brother Bryn in the gully. Lymington kept the pressure on and Paul Newton (10 overs 0 for 50) swung the ball prodigiously but with his first ball going for 5 wides continued to bowl a further 10 wides. Dan Wiggins ( 10 overs 7 maidens 1 for 6) then produced an amazing spell of seven maidens on the trot in fact there were only 2 scoring shots off his 10 overs and 1 wide. Leg spinner Ollie Kelly (10 overs 3 maidens 4 for 25) picked up 4 wickets in his first 5 overs but Purbrook at 100 for 8 staged a tail-end recovery and finished on 164 all out in the 47th over with Sam Raphael (5.3 overs 1 for 32) finishing off the innings. The wides total was 38 which equated to 4 ½ extra overs and the extras column was again the top scorer with 45.
In reply Lymington began disastrously with Sam Raphael (0) adjudged lbw and Cameron Grierson (0) bowled, both out in the first over, Morgan Rushbrook (4) followed in the 5th over quickly followed by Bryn Darbyshire (12) in the 6th over and Dan Wiggins (0) in the 9th over and Ollie Kelly (2) in the 11th over reducing Lymington to 23 for 6 due mainly to injudicious shots. Captain Adie Hunt (4) and young newcomer Justin Morton (14) then stayed around playing defensively until the latter had a rush of blood and was bowled as had 5 of the previous 6 wickets and the former's eyes lit up at a short pitch ball which he crashed straight to point. Tom Myatt (0) departed second ball but Paul Newton (33) and Adam Darbyshire (13 not out) staged a late revival and put on 45 for the last wicket almost doubling the score with some lusty blows the reply closing on 101 all out.
There were 4 ducks and 7 of the Lymington batsmen were bowled and this defeat to a lower team dismisses any chance of promotion this season. Next weeks match against bottom team Trojans at the Sports Ground Lymington will hopefully get the club back on the winning trail.