Lymington's midweek friendly XI welcomed Essex touring side BATS to the Sports Ground for the 42nd consecutive year with the home side winning the toss and batting first.
Jim Stevenson and E.Compton started competently with a stand of 38, keeping at bay the tidy seamers of young Bournemouth player Coombs. Compton's (17) loss brought overseas O'Shannessy to the crease in his usual uncompromising mood. Fearing he would miss the press coverage of KP's England appointment he smashed Marshall for 22 off his first 6 balls and perished shortly after to the wily spin of Hills for 32. Captain Freeman (8) was put out of his misery by young Bournemouth all-rounder Hurley after a turgid affair, before Tommy Barton took to the inviting slow bowling, slog-sweeping a 25-ball 38. Having lost the match ball to a monster into St Thomas' graveyard, Barton then chipped its replacement back to bowler Coombs to end his cameo.
Meanwhile, Stevenson had shown his class by quietly reaching his fifty through a combination of well-placed singles and nicely timed fours. Scenting the opportunity of glory, and ably supported by L.Moors (5), N.Elliott (4) and K.Moors (1 n.o.), Stevenson chanced his arm with some clean hitting (and the odd surrey cut!) and raced through his 2nd fifty in 27 balls to record Lymington's 2nd senior century this year. His sparkling effort ended on 115 n.o. including 15 fours and 2 sixes. Youngsters Coombs (11-0-57-2) and Hurley (9-2-37-3) were the pick of the BATS' bowlers.
BATS openers Moss (39) and Hurley (69) started in ominous style reaching 92-0. An inspired bowling change saw Lymo 3rd team captain L.Moors break the partnership with a late swinging yorker and Lymo were in business, with Freeman and K.Moors affecting a run out shortly after. O'Shannessy's off-spin darts were economical and luckless, but guile and experience were now required in the form of on-fire spin twins Pixie Elliott (6-0-22-2) and G.Renshaw (9-0-55-2). These tyros ripped out the middle order which crashed from 132-2 to 135-6 but then reached an impasse with Mills (22 n.o.) and the hitting of Coombs (47). Catches were dropped, one a total misjudgement by Freeman (to the great delight of all). Young paceman F.Ambrose (6-0-34-1) came back for some accurate reverse swingers accounting for Coombs but Lymington's chance had passed. Ambrose was denied a second wicket by the hapless Freeman's drop off the last ball of the game, BATS closing on 215-7 17 runs short of the target resulting in an enjoyable, honourable draw.