By Roy Honeybone
South Wilts hosted Lymington at Bemerton on Saturday, July 20.
A soggy outfield caused the start to be delayed until 1:00pm. This resulted in the match becoming a straightforward 50 over game.
Lymington won the toss and elected to field. Despite an early wicket they were undoubtedly soon regretting their decision as Tom Morton, 155, at the top of his game enjoyed partnerships of firstly 87 with the inform Arthur Godsal, 37, and then a match-winning partnership for the 3rd wicket of 192 with James Hayward 93.
Despite these two departing with successive deliveries and the score on 312, Ben Draper 25 not out, Raff Hussey 11 and Jack Stearman 3 not out pushed the score on to a commanding 346 for 5.
The Lymington reply was hampered by the regular loss of wickets with two early wickets for Luke Evans 2 for 28 and one for Arthur Godsal which had them reeling on 38 for 3.
Jack Mynott 2 for 32 saw their problems increase. At last someone managed to work their way into the 20s with Henry Edwards,23, the first until dismissed by Ryan Murray. Daniel Cox 26 and Ben Attrill 28 were victims of Stephen Booth 3 for 29 as was skipper Matt Metcalfe.
Lymington were looking down and out on 180 for 9 when a splendid unbroken 10th wicket partnership between number 11 Josh Royan 23 not out and a hard fought, hard hitting 56 not out from Conor Moors saw Lymington achieve 239 for 9 but with a victory for South Wilts by 107 runs