The air was charged in the build up to this eagerly anticipated fixture of the season between Bashley Hawks and Lymington A U11's, with many playing against school friends and sporting acquaintances.
With the commencement of battle the scene was set with Dowding, the Bashley opener, getting the better of his friends and producing his best performance for a number of games with a top score of 21, his partnership with Lock producing 32 runs.
Not to be out done Lymington pulled back the Bashley second pair's score to –1 with a couple of wickets from McGrigor and one from Ambrose. The third pair of Mitchell and King-Holford made slow but steady progress but after losing concentration, due to a short break in play, Hill took the forth and final wicket for Lymington before departing the field. The final Bashley pair of Wilson and Corbett progressed the score to a defendable yet achievable 266.
Bashley knew that they would have to bowl and field well to beat a well-organised Lymington side.
The game ebbed and flowed like an Isle of Wight tide
Lymington with Drodge and Marshall at the crease took the lead after the first couple of overs mainly due to some sloppy bowling from Bashley , however Bashley then found their mark and made it harder for the Lymington openers which ended their overs slightly behind the run chase. With Hills unable to carry on the second pair included Marshall in again as substitute allowing only Ambrose to score runs.
Ambrose was up to the challenge taking back the advantage. The third pair of the McGrigor twins continued this run for Lymington but the margin was reduced due to a wicket apiece from Mitchell and Wilkins.
The nervous energy of anticipation, trepidation intermingled with excitement and disappointment was all to be seen in the final overs both for the players and spectators.
With the final pair coming in to bat the game swung in favour of Lymington with Howard-Allen and Howland hitting 11 off their first over taking the score to within 4 for a win. The next over saw Dowding restrict them to 3 runs with some good fielding from Lewis meaning the scores were tied. A wide in the penultimate over meant Lymington were now 2 ahead and only had to hang on for the final over. Bashley’s heads were down but this was soon to be reversed. Wilson took a wicket with his second ball of the over meaning Lymington lost five runs and were now 3 behind requiring 4 to win with four balls to go. A further wicket and it’s deduction of runs on the penultimate ball giving Bashley a win.
As for bragging rights and ribbing in the playgrounds and sportsfields ……Equal and Quiet
Written by a Bashley Club Member