EDDIE Abel could make a remarkable South Wilts return for tonight's evening’s Southern Electric twenty20 Cup final – less than two weeks after breaking a finger.
The left-hand batsman, who plays a middleorder role in short-form matches, looked set to be ruled out for the remainder of the season after breaking the top of his middle finger dropping a slip catch in the Premier Division win over St Cross Symondians.
But, having missed last season’s cup final triumph over Burridge, Abel wants to be in the floodlight line up against Lymington tonight (7pm).
“Eddie reckons he’s fit and is desperate to play – but we’ll make a decision on that after we’ve drilled some hard catches at him in the fielding drills,” skipper Tom Morton said.
“It will be terrific having Eddie in the side, as he’s a very effective t20 batsman and handy leftarm slow bowler as well.
“But it will all come down to his fitness – we don’t want to be carrying anyone in the field.”
James Hayward and Jack Mynott, who both missed the semi-final win over Sarisbury Athletic, are expected to return for South Wilts.
Ryan Scott will return for Lymington.
South Wilts will become only the second side to successfully defend the Southern Electric twenty20 Cup if they beat Lymington, who pulled off a remarkable semi-final win, chasing down Havant’s 193-4 to win with five balls to spare.
BAT Sports won back-to-back finals in 2004 and 2005 – only to be denied a hat-trick when South Wilts themselves beat them by six wickets the following year.
Lymington: Damien Mortimer, Ben Rogers, Darren Cowley, Ryan Scott, Dominic Hand, Felix Ambrose, Simon Beetham, Ed Ellis, Kieran Moors, Guy Layman, Edward Freeman, Paul McCann.
South Wilts: from - Tom Morton, Tom Pearce, James Hayward, Ryan Burl, Jack Mynott, Eddie Abel, Joe Cranch, Rob Pittman, Jake Foley, Sam Pittman, Steve Warner, Jack Richards, Dom Ducellier.