Unlike the previous day's League match against St Cross when any hope of play was ruled out by a persistent heavy drizzle, the weather was more kind last Sunday with a breeze and sunny intervals and no hint of rain. Christian Pain won the toss for Lymington and elected to bat on a wicket that did not appear the worst for wear after the recent heavy rain. The home team got off to a bad start, Glyn Treagus was bowled for 2 and he was soon followed by Bryn Darbyshire (2) who sliced the ball into his face as a result of which he dropped his bat onto his stumps. Bryn took no further part in the match and was taken to Southampton General with a cut nose and cheek and suspected cracked cheek bone. Morgan Rushbrook (34) was keeping his end up well and was joined by Rob Lammiman (38). These two saw the 50 up but then there was a minor collapse when Lymington lost three wickets for one run. At the half way stage (10 overs) the home team had only put 51 on the board. This did not augur well for a respectable final score. James Lucy (18) kept his end up for quite a while and he was joined by skipper Christian Pain on 95 - 6 with only 4 overs to go. Those last four overs were vital for the Lymington total and Pain (27*) played a great Captain's innings ably supported by Cameron Grierson (6*). Their running between the wickets was excellent and the final Lymington total was 135 - 7 including two 6s in Christian Pain's total. 40 runs had come in the last four overs.
All of the Portsmouth bowlers took a wicket or two, the best two were S.Ali (2-14) and J.Scott (2-22).
Portsmouth's reply did not start well as Morgan Rushbrook removed M.Scott in the first over for a duck. The visitors also progressed to 51 in their first ten overs, but had only lost one wicket.
However at this stage Glyn Treagus came on to bowl his off breaks and the position radically changed from 51-1 to 55-5 in a matter of 4 overs. Glyn's analysis at this stage was 4-1-8-3 and the back of Portsmouth's batting had been broken. James Lucy bowling at the other end took 3-29 and Christian Pain coming on towards the end took 2-7. Morgan Rushbrook (2-20)came back to bowl youngster Jed Whitecross (10) and Portsmouth were all out for 88 in the penultimate over. Apart from Whitecross the only players to reach double figures were Jemildar (23), Brennan (18) and Ali (13). A feature of Lymington's play had been their excellent catching in the deep which accounted for six of the Portsmouth wickets. Fortunately the bowling of Simon Cook who had a slight muscle strain was not needed.
Lymington's opponents in the final at the Rose Bowl under the lights at 7pm on Wednesday 19 August are old friends and rivals Ventnor who narrowly beat Andover in the other semi-final.
Rob Lammiman launches one into the car park
Packed Club House
Kish adds vital late extra runs
James Lucy fends off a short one
Ed Molloy holds onto a skyer
at the Sports Ground