Lymington booked their place in the semi-finals of the New Forest Indoor Cup with a five run win over Paultons. But they were given a mighty scare by Tony Richman who might well have single-handedly won the match for Paultons had he not suffered a last ball mathematical brainstorm.
With Paultons requiring a near-impossible 22 runs from the final four balls of the match, the big all rounder struck a four and two sixes to leave his side needing one more six from Adie Hunt's final delivery to pull off a remarkable victory. However, Richman had miscalculated his side's score and presumably believed that Paultons still needed more than six runs for victory. So instead of unleashing another mighty six towards the back wall, the powerful batsman attempted a cheeky glance down to fine leg and was given out LBW for 48 - much to the relief of the bemused bowler and fielders!
It was a bizarre end to a match that Lymington should have wrapped up much earlier. Stand-in skipper Adie Hunt blasted a swift 48 not out while Bryn Darbyshire (39) was typically aggressive as Lymo totalled 138 for 5. Richman and Mark Lamb gave Paultons a reasonable start to their reply, but once those two had retired the run rate soon dipped, and by the time the hard-hitting Richman returned to the fray the result seemed beyond doubt. However, Richman's awesome last-ditch onslaught took his side to the brink of victory... only to be denied by his unfortunate mathematical miscalculation.
Lymington now face Bashley in the semi-finals on March 30th.
Meanwhile, Lymington Seconds made it four wins in a row with a comfortable victory over Hyde. Scott Tapper (40), Neil Trestrail (25) and Trevor Phillips (26) all figured in a Lymington total of 132 for 2. Hyde's reply ended on 96 for 5 with Lee Moors having a debut to remember by taking a wicket and running out a batsman with a direct throw.