MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 2
EXNING I v KELVEDON & FEERING I
KELVEDON & FEERING I 142 for 9 EXNING I 58 all out
KELVEDON & FEERING I (20 pts) beat EXNING I (4 pts) by 84 RUNS
The visitors batted first but Exning took first blood early on as Seb Lawson (3 for 27) claimed two wickets in his first three overs to leave Kelvedon & Feering on 10 for 2. From then on, it was a war of attrition as Ian Starling wheeled away for no reward, but kept the scoring rate down to no more than 3 runs an over.
From the depths of 10 for 2, a quartet of visitor’s batsmen held the innings together until the 40th over. Ollie Parsons (24), James Baker (28), Tom Potter (35) and Josh Parsons (29) guided the score up to 124 for 5, but by then Simon Lawson was already into the wickets again in what is becoming, a most productive season for him, and as the lower order batsmen attempted to push the score along, he reaped the rewards of a few rash shots to finish with 6 for 49 as the Essex side reached a 45 over total of 142 for 9.
In a reply which many thought would be a ‘walk in the Park’ for the home team, Richard Wilson (2 for 21) and Josh Parsons (4 for 17) soon had the hosts in disarray on 38 for 6 in the 20th over. The batsmen found various ignominious ways of being dismissed and although Simon Allen (15) and Daniel Baigent (14) did manage to get into double figures, they never threatened the Kelvedon & Feering total as the change bowling of Tris Peperell (2 for 8), George Curtis (1 for 5) and Edward King (1 for 7) finished off the tail.
All out for a paltry 58 to lose by 84 runs hasn’t helped the fight against possible relegation, but the three teams below them, Dunmow, Brockley and Ipswich & East Suffolk all lost, so maybe there’s hope for the Park side yet.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 8 WEST
The Exning 2nd XI were without a fixture for the second week running, but next weekend, 23/24 August, they have two fixtures, away to Stradbroke on Saturday and at home to Battisford on Sunday.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 2
BROCKLEY v EXNING SUNDAY XI
EXNING SUNDAY XI 192 for 5 BROCKLEY 192 for 7
EXNING SUNDAY XI (20 pts) beat BROCKLEY (6 pts) BY LOSING FEWER WICKETS WITH THE SCORES LEVEL
And that’s about as exciting as it can get with Brockley’s Peter Webb managing 12 runs from the final over bowled by Simon Lawson, but needing 13 to see his team over the winning line. Agony and ecstasy all around. Anyway – back to the beginning.
Brockley won the toss, asked the visitors to bat, and Rob Webb (2 for 29) soon had Exning’s first wicket to leave them 9 for 1 in the 5th over. However, Simon Lawson (75) and Simon Allen (74 no) then ‘held court’ for the next 27 overs as an array of bowlers tried to part them, but none were successful until Peter Webb (1 for 40) had Lawson caught to end a 2nd wicket partnership of 147.
Allen continued serenely on towards the closure of the innings and although Bill Hill grabbed 2 for 10 towards the end, the middle order made sure that the work of Lawson and Allen was not wasted as a total of 192 for 5 was on the board at the end of the 40 overs.
Ben Paice (27) saw the host’s innings off to a steady start, but from when James Turner (1 for 23) dismissed him on 46 for 1, Charlie Rattley (2 for 29) and Seb Lawson (2 for 7) oversaw a collapse to 70 for 5 at the halfway stage. Steve Fenner (21) and Hill (48) then brought about a partial recovery with a 6th wicket stand of 44 before Kane Munday (2 for 58) saw the end of Fenner on 114 for 6.
Hill and Peter Webb (43 no) then put together 61 runs in the next 10 overs before Hill left the proceedings, caught and bowled by Munday in the 39th over at 175 for 7. 18 runs required for a Brockley victory, but Munday restricted the scoring to just 5 runs from the rest of the 39th over.
‘Evergreen’ Simon Lawson to bowl the final over to the ‘even more evergreen’ Peter Webb, with Webb on strike. Six balls – 13 runs required. Webb managed a boundary from the first ball, but with the fielders flung far and wide, he could only manage two’s thereafter, with the crucial ball being the 4th; a ‘dot’ ball.
So, scores tied; scorebooks checked to make sure they both agreed; then Rule Book consulted to find that with scores level, the winning team is the one losing fewer wickets. It is only a tie if runs and wickets are level. So, somewhat fortuitously in the end, having had the hosts on 70 for 5 and 114 for 6, Exning Sunday XI ran out the winners by the finest of margins.