Ventnor 155 all out in 51 overs
Lymington 158 for 7 in 42.3 overs
Last Saturday Lymington were at home against bottom of the table Ventnor from the Isle of Wight who won the toss and elected to bat. The Lymington opening bowlers were Matt Metcalfe (22 overs 5 maidens 5 for 62) and Ed Freeman ( 1 over 0 for 3) but unfortunately the latter was not feeling well and bowled just the one over before being replaced by captain Simon Beetham (13 overs 1 for 44). Ventnor started cautiously and Metcalfe made the initial breakthrough with the score at 38 and wickets then fell at regular intervals. Spinners Richie Lock (7 overs 3 for 21) and Dominic Hand (8 overs 1 for 22) took wickets and a late rally by Ben Attrill (29) and Mark Holmes (17) could not stop Ventnor being dismissed for 155 all out in the 51st over. Matt Metcalfe achieving another 5 wicket haul.
In reply the Lymington openers Ben Rogers (3) and Ryan Scott (24) were soon parted when the former was caught behind and the latter was then also caught behind with the score on 39. Richie Lock (15) and New Zealander Terry Crabb (15) also departed with the former stumped and when Ed Ellis (21) was also stumped off fifteen year old spinner Daniel Cox (16.3 overs 6 maidens 4 for 44) Lymington appeared in trouble at 86 for 5. However Dominic Hand (30) and former Lymington colt and now Reading University student Jack Roberts (18) steadied the ship but were both ironically dismissed on 130 with Roberts unfortunately hitting the ball onto a close fielders boot and the ball ricocheting into the air to be caught by another fielder. Cameron Grierson (16 not out) and Simon Beetham (12 not out) guided Lymington to a win by 3 wickets in the 43rd over. The Ventnor wicketkeeper James Cheek had 2 stumpings and 2 catches.
Next week’s fixture on Saturday 30th July is away at Bemerton against South Wilts starting at 11.30pm the final all day format match and if Lymington win and other results go their way Lymington are in with a chance of winning the British Gas Southern Premier League Premier Division all day pennant for the first time in their history.