SCOTSMAN Henry Edwards hit Lymington out of trouble at 40 for five and laid the path for a three-wicket win which put a huge dent into South Wilts’ prospects of lifting the Southern Premier League title.

The former Oxford MCCU batsman cracked eight fours and five sixes in a blistering 76 which kick-started a remarkable Lymington revival, completed by Matt Metcalfe and Conor Moors.

South Wilts, who began the second white ball phase nine points ahead at the top, saw their below-par 210 overhauled with 22 balls to spare.

The Salisbury club, now third in the log, twice allowed promising situations to slip from their grasp.

Given a 73-run launch by Tom Morton (49) and Tom Cowley (30), South Wilts appeared to be headed towards a winning score at 145 for three.

As Queenslander James Grady (5-32) began to create inroads, so South Wilts folded – the last seven wickets falling for 65 runs, Dom Hand and Josh Proctor taking two each.

But even a modest 210 looked as though it might win the match with the Lymington top order back in the pavilion and only 40 runs on the board.

However, Edwards, who played for Scotland in the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Brisbane and now teaches PE at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight, soon changed the course of the match.

In a 52-ball stay at the crease, he cleared the Bemerton boundary rope five times and, with eight other fours, smashed 76 in quick time.

By the time he perished as Morton’s third victim behind the stumps, Lymington had progressed to 132 for seven.

Lymington, second from bottom at the start of play, still had work to do – another 79 runs, in fact – but Metcalfe (30 not out) and Moors, with a key 37 not out, seized the moment.

The eighth-wicket pair polished off the target with relative ease.