With last weeks game at Rowledge postponed due to the previous weeks weather Lymington started their season at home to last years champions Ventnor. After losing the toss Lymington were asked to bat first in humid overcast conditions and soon found themselves in trouble with both Ollie Kelly and Cameron Grierson out with the score on 17. Adie Hunt and Christian Pain moved the score onto 40 before Hunt edged to first slip for 13 and was soon to be joined in the pavilion by Bryn Darbyshire 3 runs later. This brought overseas player Craig O'Shannessy to the crease, he and Pain increased the scoring rate in a partnership of 61 in 13 overs before O'Shannessy became 1 of 3 wickets for leg spinner Hilsum for a well made 43, unfortunately for Lymington Pain also fell to Hilsum for a patient 34 to leave the team struggling at 113 for 6. Debutant Jamie Harvey played fluently in his first competitive game for the club whilst scoring 23 and moved the score along to 148 for 6 with Mark Newton 14 before a late collapse to overseas player Pongolo 3-18 left the final score on 155 all out, 30 runs short of what Lymington had wanted at the start of play.
Defending a modest score it was vital that Lymington got off to a good aggressive start with the ball and that is what opening bowlers O'Shannessy and Adam Darbyshire provided. After 4 overs Ventnor were somewhat struggling at 11 for 2 and later 35 for 3 as Darbyshire finished an impressive 7 over spell of 2-22. Having to score at only 3 an over Ventnor could afford to take their time getting to the target which meant that Lymington had to be patient and bowl economically. Pain in tandem with Kelly bowled well but Lymington didn't strike again until the 27th over when Kelly removed Hilsum for 23 to leave the score at 83 for 4, Pain then removed Woodhouse for 15 and Ventnor were 104 for 5. Unfortunately for Lymington overseas player Pongolo was becoming more assured at the crease and in partnership with Whyte guided Ventnor to the target without further loss and 4 overs to go. A decent first performance from the team with more positives than negatives to be taken from the game. The team know that they will have to bowl with more discipline in future weeks as the extras total of 45, 29 wides is far too many when defending a low score.