Andover had that 'After the Lord Mayor’s Show' feeling when they lost by 52 runs to Lymington, themselves thrashed by nine wickets by Calmore Sports a fortnight earlier.

Having stunned reigning Premier champions Bashley (Rydal) with a thrilling last ball victory in their opener, Andover were optimistic of winning a second Southern Premier League West group match – but it never looked like happening.

Andover began on a positive enough note with Mike Adams bowling teenager Lymington opener Hugo Smith without scoring, but Terry Crabb (72) and Ryan Scott (49) latched on to anything loose with 70 runs coming off the first ten overs.

Spinner Charlie Ayers and Richie Taylor were introduced to try and control the run rate. Both bowled tidily but were unable to force a breakthrough as the Lymington pair extended their partnership to 141.

Matt Hooper’s arrival with the ball paid dividends and he was the man to finally break the partnership as Crabb skied a simple catch to wicketkeeper Alex Ayers.

Hooper then got on a roll as he bowled Josh Royan (0) and then removed the dangerous Scott, who was well caught in the deep by debutant Sam Pope.

Despite these setbacks, Lymington well set at 150-4 with 10 overs off their innings remaining. Olly Cox and Mike Adams did their best to contain the Lymington lower-order but the lofty Dan Bailey struck some lusty blows in an unbeaten 40 which took the visitors to 217-6 off their 40 overs.

Andover’s batting failed to fire and they were dismissed for 165, despite Lymington gifting them 48 runs in extras !

Openers Max Soutar (11) and Matt Knight (18) hit some early boundaries, but both perished to the new ball combo of Ed Freeman (2-26) and Charlie Inglis (2-27).

Andover needed to kick on from 40-2 but suffered a middle order collapse as Charlie Ayers, Nathan Birks and Sam Pope departed in quick succession to leave the town side at 65-5.

Alex Ayers (22) and Matt Hooper briefly raised hopes for the town side but when Ayers was run out with the score on 80, things looked bleak for Andover.

Matt Hooper (26) and young Olly Cox (17) provided some low order resistance but Lymington pair Josh Bailey (2-26) and Thomas Sykes (2-28) polished off Andover's tail for 165.