Lymington v Havant

Lymington 162 all out in 62.4 overs
Havant 127 all out in 43.1 overs

On a cloudy day, the Sports Ground had recovered from the recent heavy rains and with second placed Havant winning the toss they invited Lymington to bat. Batting was going to be difficult due to the damp conditions, the Lymington openers Ben Rogers (22) and Dominic Hand (16) started steadily and the former was bowled with the score at 29. Richie Lock (8) soon followed which brought in Simon Beetham (6) and when Hand was out top run scorer Ed Ellis (43) strode to the wicket. Lymington were struggling to score runs and Cameron Grierson (5) was out caught so at 101 for 5  were up against it. With ex-Hampshire bowler (made 1 appearance for the county scoring over 60 runs) Richard Hindley was making the most of the conditions bowling 19 overs 5 for 42. Matt Metcalfe (5) was caught quickly followed by Ollie Calcott (0) also caught and at 110 for 8 with the dismissal of Ellis Lymington’s hopes were low.

But the tail thankfully wagged with Chris Blake (18) including a big 6 over the “tins” and Solent University graduate Glenn Willoughby (22 not out) and then putting on a crucial extra 19 runs with fifteen year old Priestlands School newly appointed head boy Cameron Robertson (3)  they took the final score to 162 all out after 62.4 overs.

In reply the Lymington opening bowlers Matt Metcalfe and Simon Beetham (7 overs 1 for 27) picked up an early wicket but Havant were in control and although spinners Dominic Hand (6 overs 0 for 13) and Cameron Robertson (2 overs 0 for 13) plus Chris Blake (2 overs 0 for 13) they endeavoured to make a breakthrough with Metcalfe continuing to bowl unchanged at the football end.

Havant at 108 for 3 were well in command but the introduction of Solent University student Richie Lock (4.1 overs 2 for 12) and Metcalfe (22 overs 7 for 47) they cleaned up the Havant middle order and tail, the last 6 wickets falling for 13 runs. A tremendous achievement by Lymington to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat against second placed Havant and move into 6th place

Next week’s fixture on Saturday 25th June is away at third placed Burridge CC  starting at 11.30am.

The draw for the British Gas Southern Premier League T20/20 has been made and Lymington are drawn at home against either Fair Oak or Portsmouth on Sunday 3rd July starting at 3pm.

See the match-winning catch here

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