Eastleigh won the toss and put Lymo into bat on what looked like a day that would favour the bowlers. And so it proved, as the Eastleigh new ball pair of Peterson and Drummond set about the home team’s top order. The Lymo opening partnership of Naylor and T.Thorpe looked solid for the first few overs, but then a clatter of wickets reduced Lymington to 45 for 6. Ball was dominating bat when the ageing middle order of Tapper and Trestrail came together. Between them they nudged and nurdled, eeking out 41 ugly runs. Tapper eventually fell one short of a maiden half century for the club, as Lymington finished on 129 all out.
Despite solid bowling, and good application from Lymington, Eastleigh made a decent start, and having made 40 for no wicket, the home side’s total always looked well below par. Gregors removal of one opener, and Naylor’s dismissal of the dangerous Ham gave a glimmer of hope. However, Alex Treagus was the pick of the bowling finishing with 2-37. Eastleigh eventually overcame the target with five wickets down in the 25th over. Their patience and graft at the crease was the difference between the two sides. Lymington will have to bat far better in order to finish in the top half of the table.