Lymington were missing Treagus, Newton, Barton, Darbyshire and Martin Hunt for this match against one of the top teams in the League but were determined to improve on their performances in their other Time Pennant matches. They made a good start when Christian Pain won the toss and elected to bat. In the absence of Glyn Treagus, on duty with Dorset in Torquay, Morgan Rushbrook opened with Kelly (11) and put on 28 for the first wicket. Regrettably the home team's top order again performed below par and Adrian Hunt, Lucy and Cook were all back in the pavilion before lunch. Skipper Christian Pain (44) and Morgan Rushbrook (58) stopped the rot but the latter was dismissed soon after lunch having made a very worthwhile contribution. James Harvey (30) celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier in the week with a comprehensive knock, but none of the other tail enders got into double figures and Lymington were all out for 189. Best of the Totton bowlers were Franklin 6-26 and Goldstraw 2-29.
Simon Cook struck early in the Totton innings and both Banks and Towers were out by the time the score had reached 16. Rawlins (48) and Kenway (21) put on 76 for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed by Ollie Kelly, caught in the deep by Grierson. Rawlins followed soon after, caught by Pain off Simon Cook. Chowdhury, Manning and Franklin each scored 23 as the visitors neared their target but the eighth wicket went down on 176, still 14 runs short. Former Lymington player Dan Goldstraw (12*) saw Totton home by two wickets.
It was again Lymington's opening attack of Simon Cook (18-5-61-4) and Morgan Rushbrook (9.3-3-41-3) who did the damage, but Ollie Kelly's vital wicket should not be forgotten. The home team's fielding and catching showed some improvement but a major problem is still the batting. Perhaps this will improve with the return of Rob Lammiman from university in two week's time.
Next weekend Lymington are away to South Wilts in Salisbury on Saturday and play Hursley at Hursley Park in the second round of the SE Twenty20 Cup on Sunday.