Match Report - First XI - 14 June 08
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington 206 for 7 - OTs & Romsey 207 for 9

On the back of 4 consecutive victories Lymington welcomed OTS & Romsey to the sports for what promised to be a high scoring encounter on a fantastic looking sports ground wicket. After winning the toss Lymington elected to have first use of the wicket and set about looking for a score in excess of 200 and after 20 overs had progressed to 90 for 2 with both Martin Hunt and Craig O'Shannessy well set. The dismissal of O'Shannessy for 31 and then Hunt for 39 checked the run rate as Shapland bowled a very good spell for OTS & Romsey in taking 5-45, one if his wickets being Christian Pain for 36 to leave Lymington struggling on 169 for 7. Tommy Barton decided that attack was the best option to take and scored a very hard hit 34 in pulling Lymington's total up to a competitive 206 but well below what was wanted at the start of the innings.

Against Lymington's formidable bowling attack OTS & Romsey started cautiously and were soon 2 wickets down to O'Shannessy 4-16. Lymington continued to take wickets at regular intervals to leave OTS & Romsey struggling at 82 for 7 and almost out of the game. Colin Morris batting 7 for OTS & Romsey had other ideas though and proceeded to take the game to Lymington and in partnership with Dowling added 110 runs for the 8th wicket to take OTS & Romsey to the brink of victory before falling for a fine 76 from only 56 balls. Knowing that the only way they could now win the game was to bowl OTS & Romsey out Lymington pushed hard for the final 2 wickets but could only manage 1 as Dowling drove the final ball of the match for 4 to give OTS & Romsey an unlikely victory by 1 wicket in an absorbing end to the match.




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