Side Batting First: Elite 227 for 6
Side Batting Second: Lymington & Milford 210
Brian Rickman Memorial Trophy
On a gloriously sunny day, the Elite played a combined Lymington and Milford side in memory of Brian Rickman – the side he formed against the clubs where he had been Vice-President and President respectively. The Elite took full advantage of a perfect batting surface as they raced to 115 in the 18th over, before Steve Coltman (54) was bowled by Chris James (3-38). The dismissal of Mark Gannaway (81) heralded a slight stutter in the middle of the innings. Dave Coles' brand new bat returned to the clubhouse with just one mark on it – unfortunately for him a top edge that was caught by the wicketkeeper. But the Elite weren't finished as Geoff Renshaw (27) and Tony Thorp (41no, in his first game in 18 months) saw a closing score of 227.
Keen to make a good start, they were hindered by a great opening spell from Nick Elliott (1-29), including the wicket of Damian Jayasinghe (15). The real bonus came when Jim Stevenson was unexpectedly dismissed for 45. This left the responsibility of much of the run chase in the hands of Adie Hunt. Things were well placed with 29 runs needed, 5 overs left and 8 wickets in hand. Quickly running out of bowlers – and ideas – the Elite captain handed the ball to Luigi Di Maria who proceeded to bowl a double wicket maiden, removing both Graham Wedge (34) and Adie Hunt (90). Having got so close things started going horribly wrong, as Steve Coltman (3-46) also got in on the act. By the time Di Maria took two wickets again in his next over, he had finished with 4-29, and the game had finished with Lymington still 17 runs light.