Just as victory came into sight, Lymington lost four wickets for five runs and ended up tieing an ECB Southern Premier Division thriller against Alton, each side scoring 168.
A superb spell of new-ball bowling by Matt Metcalfe (4-9 in ten overs) left Alton wobbling at 31-4.
But the Brewers rallied and through a superb captain’s knock by Scott Myers (70), aided by Mark Heffernan (26), managed to post 168 all out.
Ryan Scott carried Lymington’s response almost single-handed and, despite losing a succession of batting colleagues, scored 95 (two sixes and eight fours) to ease the reply to 163-7.
When Scott was eventually caught five runs short of his century, were Lymington 163-8, six runs shy of victory but with the dependable Metcalfe still in.
Three runs later, Josh Procter was run out (backing up too far) at the non-striker’s end (166-9), then two runs on, last man George Willis was trapped leg before by Myers for a duck. Lymington 168 all out.
As regards the run out, Alton’s Mark Heffernan tweeted after the match: “I’ve never run someone out backing up before, but with three runs to win and asking the bloke (Josh Procter) not to take the p**s with his backing up, to see him four steps down the pitch before I’ve bowled the next ball, I felt I had to.
“Not something I wanted to do, but it’s a league game.”