Alton v Lymington – T20 Cup Quarter-Final

Alton 126 for 7
Lymington 128 for 5 in 18.5 overs

With the weather being very hot and humid the Lymington T20/20 captain Ed Ellis lost the toss at the Jubilee Playing Fields in Alton with the Watercress Line Steam Train chugging past the ground and Alton elected to bat.  The teams were in coloured clothing with Alton CC in dark blue and Lymington in yellow and dark blue sponsored by Moneysprite –  T20/20 music and loudspeaker announcements added to the atmosphere.

The Lymington opening bowlers were Ed Freeman (4 overs 0 for 28) and Richie Lock (4 overs 1 for 24) backed up by Simon Beetham (4 overs 2 for 19) and former Lymington colt and Leeds University student Felix Ambrose (4 overs 1 for 22) as well as Dominic Hand (4 overs 2 for 27). The captain alternated his bowling and although Alton managed to get off to a good start losing their first wicket at 54 they were pegged back and lost wickets in the pursuit of runs. Some excellent fielding and catching by Cameron Grierson and Felix Ambrose and a run out by Simon Beetham helped to reduce Alton to 128 for 7 off the 20 overs.

In reply Lymington lost Ben Rogers (5) in the first over but Dominic Hand (23) and Richie Lock (21) took the score to 45 before the latter was out which brought in Ed Ellis (6) who was run out going for an ambitious 2nd run having played one of his favoured reverse sweeps. Ryan Scott (13) was stumped but Felix Ambrose (43 not out) and Simon Beetham (7 not out) steered Lymington home with 7 balls to spare.

The next round is the semi finals and it is on Sunday 14th August and the draw will be made on Radio Solent with Lymington are hoping for a bumper home draw.  The Final is at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday 4th September

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