Lymington sent a patched up team to high flying Liss and nearly caused a massive upset. Liss were newly promoted to County 1 last year and have continued their success story. Winning the toss was important as the wicket was far too dry and several balls went vertical after pitching and at one stage an abandonment was on the cards. Fortunately the wicket calmed down and the risk of injury was reduced. Liss batted first and fine swing bowling by Adam Darbyshire sent the openers to the safety of the Clubhouse. However the momento swung back to Liss as a Mr Munt played a very fine innings of 73 not out to steer Liss over the 200 mark. All of the four bowlers picked up wickets and Adam Darbyshire with 3-42 and Peter Tapper 3-62 took the thrust of the wickets. The fielding was excellent in places but several catchable catches were spilt but a cracker by Mark Thacker at deep mid wicket made his day.
The target of 202 looked distinctly out of reach but Adam Darbyshire threw caution to the wind and helped by his borrowed Funky bat plastered 48 runs to all parts of the outfield. Good solid support from James Stevenson kept the scoreboard ticking but it was the arrival of Scott Tapper that increased the tempo. Scott reached his first half century for the 2nd X1 and contained 10 boundaries plus one six and looked at ease on a still suspect surface. At 186 for 5 it looked all over, however Peter Tapper was out caught on the boundary, followed by Scott for 64. Liss had their tails up and the last four wickets went down faster than the Titanic.
There is no doubt Lymington should have won from their position but it just shows that victory can be secured from the depth of despair.