On a wicket which always looked likely to provide a low scoring game, the Mudeford batsmen obviously decided that attack was the best form of defence. This, however, led to what on reflection may have been injudicious strokes. Such matters were of little concern to Luigi Di Maria who continued, as usual, to bowl straight, and was rewarded with 5-20. The damage repair was done by Graham Tennant (20) and Jim Burry (30), before the latter was undone by Tim Noble who somehow managed to take 3-20 much to everyone’s surprise – including his own. The final rites of the innings were provided by Laurie Hillman (2-12), but more of him later.
Mudeford needed early wickets, and this is exactly what they got through R Ottewal (5-36), and at 23 for 4 Lymington had a struggle on their hands. Damian Jayasinghe (12) provided a bit of impetus, but at 67 for 8 – still 19 runs short – the innings was spluttering. Hillman’s first scoring shot was a six, but victory still seemed a long way off. Runs were at a premium, with five being scored in as many overs, before Hillman (31no) reeled off thee successive fours to relieve the tension and avenge Lymington’s defeat earlier this season on the same ground.
BEST OF THE WEEK: L Di Maria (Lymington) 5-20
R Ottewal (Mudeford) 5-36