CRAZIES HILL were unable to hold out for a draw against READING UNIVERSITY ALUMNI on Sunday
CRAZIES HILL were unable to hold out for a draw against READING UNIVERSITY ALUMNI on Sunday despite Mike Simpson’s gallant half century.
Having lost the toss and been invited to field, Crazies kept RUACC openers in check thanks to a tight spell from Searle, who was rewarded with the wicket of Eagle for 24.
When Charlie Montgomery bowled Murphy soon after, Crazies seemed in control but Jessy Singh and Zia soon went on the counter attack and began to dominate the bowling.
Having added 65 for the third wicket, Pritchard-Gordon trapped Zia lbw for 39 and Montgomery nipped one back to bowl Patel two overs later to leave RUACC 120-4.
Singh continued to look in total control as he eased past 50 and with Saad bludgeoning away at the other end began to take the match away from Crazies Hill. As the tea interval approached, both batsmen retired, allowing Green and Waqar a couple of overs to RUACC to set a target of 219.
Crazies Hill’s innings got off to a slow start as accurate bowling from Withers and Yasir reduced the home side to 16-3 after eight overs. With runs remaining at a premium and only Mike Simpson showing any authority, Green removed Ashman and Margrie to leave Crazies floundering at 55-5.
With Simpson now joined at the crease by his son, Crazies added 45 for the sixth wicket before Ollie was bowled by Waqar for 14, leaving Crazies Hill little option but to play for a draw.
Having switched ends, Saad found a better rhythm and extra pace and removed Simpson and Hanton in the same over and, despite some heroic defending by last pair Pritchard-Gordon and Searle, RUACC wrapped up a convincing 81 run victory.