Lymington bowled first at Eastleigh, on what looked to be a pitch offering plenty of assistance. However, the home batsmen took advantage of the visitors generosity to get off to a flyer. J Ham (91) and M Goodall (64) were the chief beneficiaries of some wayward bowling and poor fielding. Tom Barton, making his debut for the club was a notable positive for Lymington, finishing with 1 for 51 off his ten overs. Gregory (4 for 66) also made inrodes, but the home side were by far the happier at tea after amassing 329 for 9.
Lymington made a solid start to their reply, Mark Jackson (26) and Dave Griffitths (62) putting on 90 for the first wicket. Olly Kelly (44) and Mark Newton (42) continued where the openers left off with a swashbuckling partnership that kept Lymington in the game. However, as wicktes fell, the run rate grew, and Eastleigh tightened their grip. With the game ebbing away, the incredibly experienced Peter Tapper (50 no), poked and prodded his way to another half century. However, it was all in vain. Lymington, finishing on 268 for six, reflected on what might had been had they bowled and fielded better.