Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 157 Havant I 158-9
Lymington endured a tough one wicket defeat against Havant despite another wicket taking afternoon for Isle of Wight youngster Dan Cox. It was again the batting that let Lymington down with another middle order collapse. Summer finally arrived with baking temperatures testing the stamina of players while spectators could sit in the cool under the large trees in the lovely Havant Park.
Lymington captain Matt Metcalfe won the toss and inevitably elected to bat given the sweltering conditions. Opener Terry Crabb (30) led the way with his normal attacking knock and put on 36 with Ryan Scott (9) for the second wicket and then Ximus du Plooy chipped in with 22. However, the middle order saw four batsmen removed for just 17 runs. It was then left to the later batsmen to salvage some sort of score led by Henry Edwards (38) including four boundaries and was helped by wicketkeeper Luke Mortimore (11). Matt Metcalfe (16 not out) gave the final total some sort of respectability although it was not really enough. Opening bowler Richard Jerry (3-32) was again among the wickets while captain Chris Morgan (3-28) was also a threat removing middle and later order batsmen. An odd feature of the Lymington innings was that four players were out after facing 32 balls and another faced 34.
In reply Havant got off to a steady start and at one stage were 126-4 in spite of Dan Cox (4-25 in 10 overs) removing all the top four batsmen. Opener Peter Hopson (44) with an aggressive knock, including seven fours, led the way putting on 43 for the first wicket with Simon Loat (13) and then 32 with Chris Morgan (24) for the second wicket. Two further wickets went down but wicketkeeper Jeremy Bulled (23 not out) was gradually seeing Havant home and 22 were put on for the seventh wicket. The drama then really started as Ben Attrill (1-33) with a wicket in his last ball removed Jeremy Atkins (3) with the total on 153 and then Josh Royan ran out Alfie Taw (2) and the game could easily have turned. Matt Metcalfe bowled a wide to level the score and then had Sam Woodgate caught by Terry Crabb for nought. Eleventh man Sid Mutta, who was only playing because of the absence of the Gadd brothers due to covid restrictions, somehow contrived a single to see Havant home by one wicket with two overs to spare. Ximus du Plooy (2-41) was the other wicket taker removing two middle order batsmen it generally being a day for spinners.
Lymington have a home game on Saturday against local rivals Bashley (Rydal) with an 11.30 start and will be anxious to exact revenge following the four wicket defeat earlier in the season.