A warm, humid Sports Ground saw Hampshire Academy skipper James Vince win the toss and decide to bat on a greenish but hard surface. Lymington’s opening attack bowled with characteristic control and accuracy. Kleinveldt (2) was bowled by Rushbrook (10-1-48-1) and Bates (5) shouldered arms to one that cut back from Aussie Cook (7-3-16-1). Vince counterattacked well, driving sweetly and showed he has plenty of time. The introduction of young paceman Barton (6-0-38-3) was crucial as Rouse went with a smart catch taken by Lucy at first slip. Keeper Newton continued his good early season form with a stunning take in front of first slip off Vince (52), while Wood became Barton’s third, missing a straight full toss, lbw for 19. The spin of Treagus and Kelly (5-0-22-0) brought renewed control and Miller (11) obliged Treagus with a return catch. After Pain (2-0-5-1) removed Briggs (9), the Academy’s youngsters folded to the impressive Treagus (4.4-3-3-3). The last 4 wickets fell for 3 runs with the total an under-par 134 in 34.4 overs.
Lymington replied positively with Treagus (36) and Kelly (9) registering a 50 opening partnership in the 13th over. Kelly was run out trying an ambitious second and Rushbrook followed next ball edging an expansive drive behind, taken beautifully by Rouse. Left arm spinner Briggs (10-1-30-1) showed the control that has earned his recent first team Hampshire call up. Lymington’s wobble became a tremor as the accurate left arm swinger Haggaty (5-3-12-1) picked up Treagus and Lucy lbw, while left-arm paceman Wood (7-3-24-1) came back to account for the dangerous Darbyshire (20). Having lost 6 wickets for 32 the Academy’s hopes of a surprise win were in the ascendancy. However, any Lymington fears were quickly eased by the uncomplicated striking of overseas star Cook (38 n.o. from 35 balls) who hit 4’s and 6’s over and through the infield. Skipper Pain (9 n.o.) was also there at the end to enjoy Lymington’s third win from 4 which gives the newly promoted side 2nd place in SPL Div 1. Lymo’s next game is away at St.Cross.
Cookie with the winning hit