The Lymington Sports Ground looked a picture in the penultimate Southern Premier Cricket League match of the season a credit to the Council groundstaff and the eventual dry sunny weather.
The Lymington captain Adie Hunt won the toss and elected to bat with Sam Raphael (111) and Ollie Kelly (0) starting proceedings before the latter was bowled, quickly followed by Cameron Grierson (1) and a rare failure by Morgan Rushbrook (11) all bowled. At 24 for 3 Lymington's decision to bat was under question but Dan Wiggins (18) was in a partnership of 68 before he was out caught behind which brought in Bryn Darbyshire (69) who rediscovered his lost form in fine style with 8 boundaries and 1 six. Their partnership was worth 127 and both Bryn and Sam were out in consecutive balls in the 45th over. Another fine knock by Sam Raphael (111) taking his total runs in the league to 556 but Christian Pain (2) quickly departed bowled but Adie Hunt (13 not out), Adam Darbyshire (12) and young Tom Barton (5 not out) took the score to a compeditive 264 for 8 in the 50 overs.
In reply Andover struggled against the Lymington opening bowlers Adam Darbyhire ( 4 overs 1 for 12) and Tom Barton (8 overs 1 for 42) backed up by Christian Pain (9.4 overs 4 for 25) and Lloyd Scott (7.2 overs 0 for 30) who injured his foot. At 124 for 5 Andover were behind the clock but a revival put them back in with a chance however Ollie Kelly (7 overs 2 for 46) and Sam Raphael (10 overs 1 for 42) pegged them back before Christian Pain cleaned out the tail. They finished on 226 all out in the 47th over 38 runs short.
The win moves Lymington up into a very respectible 4th place.