Lymington win rain affected draw on last ball of the match.
On Friday afternoon the heavy rain had left pools of water on the square, and it was still very wet on Saturday morning. After a close inspection umpires Denis Emery and Bob Iles decided that the match would start at 12.05 with a loss of ten overs. The team batting first would be restricted to 58 overs leaving 52 for their opponents.
Christian Pain won the toss for Lymington and elected to field. As usual Simon Cook led the Lymington charge and had dismissed Heffernan (0) and Hale (7) by the time the score had reached 18. However Taylor was in great form and together with Myers (32) put on 88 for the fourth wicket. Cook eventually dismissed him for 86 including eight 4s. The only other Alton batsmen to reach double figures were skipper Heffernan (11*) and Ballinger (11). The two outstanding Lymington bowlers were Simon Cook (18-6-44-4) and Glyn Treagus (18-5-49-4). At the completion of their 58 overs Alton had reached 175-8 to give themselves 2 batting bonus points whilst Lymington's 8 wickets gave them 4 bowling points.
Lymington's reply began very slowly in mid afternoon and the first 15 overs only saw 17 runs on the board for the loss of Ollie Kelly (5). Ten minutes before tea the rain arrived and an early break was taken. A further period was lost after tea mopping up, and it was recalculated that Lymington required 121 runs off 39 overs for a winning draw. Glyn Treagus(20) was bowled soon after tea by Taylor, and the next three batsmen Lammiman (12), Grierson (11) and Barton (10) were out caught in the deep trying to up the run rate. During this time Morgan Rushbrook was more than holding his own at the other end and on 99-5 he was joined by James Lucy (7*) with 22 runs required in the final 4 overs. The runs for a winning draw came off the last ball of an exciting match. Morgan Rushbrook ended up with 54 not out including one 6 and four 4s. Best of the Alton bowlers were Taylor (2-44) and Ballinger (2-46). The final half an hour had been played in bright sunlight!