Lymington suffer from another batting collapse against South Wilts
Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 157 South Wilts I 160-3
Lymington suffered from another poor batting performance and easily succumbed to South Wilts losing by seven wickets on a beautiful sunny day at the sports ground. Lymington with only one win this season now finds itself at the foot of the Premier Division table.
Lymington captain Matt Metcalfe won the toss and elected to bat. None of the top order batsmen got going and Lymington had slumped to 38-5 by the 15th over. They lost 5 wickets for 12 runs after Luke Mortimore (9) and Ben Rogers (13) had put on 26 runs for the first wicket. It was one of the opening bowlers Matthew Burton (3-29) that did the damage ripping out three of the top five batsmen. Dan Cox (31) with another patient innings and Ben Attrill (43) stabilised the innings for a while putting on 62 runs in 19 overs for the sixth wicket to take the score to 100 before Dan was out to Stephen Warner (1-22). Ben Attrill and Josh Royan (18) put on 26 for the 8th wicket but the innings then finished in the 49 over following two run outs. Fellow opening bowler Arthur Godsal took 2-32 including removing Ben Attrill. The score of 157 was never going to be enough on a good if slow batting wicket.
When batting it was left-handed opener Jack Stearman, with 43 not out in 100 balls, who anchored the South Wilts innings. His dangerous fellow opener Tom Morton (21) helped get the side off to a steady start before he was bowled by Josh Proctor (1-34) that gave Lymington hope. James Wade, a former South Wilts player, after a loose first over conceding 10 runs, then found his line and length and only 15 runs were scored off him in the next six overs. He also removed Peter Rowe (12) and James Hayward (7). But then Ben Draper (55 not out) batting at number five then partnered Jack Stearman in an attacking knock hitting nine fours. This included the winning four to see South Wilts home by seven wickets with 11 overs to spare.