After last weeks nail biting tied game with leaders Rowledge Lymington knew they had to beat champions Ventnor to stay in with any chance of promotion. After winning the toss Lymington batted first on a flat wicket looking to post a good score. Openers Dave Griffiths and Bryn Darbyshire took the attack to the Ventnor bowlers and had the score quickly up to 37 before Griffiths fell in the 5th over to a very smart catch in the gully. Darbyshire followed next over bowled by Friend for a run a ball 21 bringing together Dai-Morgan Rushbrook and debutant Rob Lammiman. These 2 batted very sensibly in adding 63 to take the score to 104 before Rushbrook fell LBW for a well crafted 42. At this point the innings could have gone either way but Craig O'Shannessy in partnership with Lammiman took the game away from Ventnor with a partnership of 128 in just 16 overs before Lammiman was caught on the boundary for a fine 53. Unfortunately for Lymington O'Shannessy departed the next ball for a swashbuckling 77 including 6 sixes from only 54 balls. The dismissal of these 2 led to a collapse as Lymington fell from 232 for 3 to a somewhat disappointing 258 all out with overseas player Pongolo ripping out the lower order to finish with figures of 4-43.
Chasing a large score it was vital that Ventnor got a solid start, something that Tommy Barton ruined with a magnificent run out of Ventnor danger man Hilsum with only 8 on the board. Rushbrook then bowled Woodhouse and Freeston to leave Ventnor reeling on 27 for 3. The 4th wicket fell with the score on 66 bringing Pongolo to the crease, he in partnership with Baldwin first then Andy Whyte gave Ventnor hope before he was LBW to the returning Lloyd Scott for 57. During this time Ed Freeman bowled a very good spell in taking 2-33 from his 10 overs but Whyte continued to play aggressively and added 58 with Holmes to leave the hosts needing 38 from the final 4 overs before captain Adie Hunt ran out Holmes for 15. With O'Shannessy bowling very full and very straight Whyte could only pick up singles to leave Ventnor needing 18 from the final over. Lloyd Scott held his nerve to only concede 4 from the over and leave Ventnor 13 runs short on 245 for 9.
A good all round team performance keeps Lymington in 3rd place still looking for promotion.