COLIN PARKER hit an unbeaten 93 to lead CRAZIES HILL AND COCKPOLE GREEN to their first win of
COLIN PARKER hit an unbeaten 93 to lead CRAZIES HILL AND COCKPOLE GREEN to their first win of the season against STONOR on Sunday.
Having won the toss, Crazies put the hosts in but, despite helpful bowling conditions and a slow pitch, were unable to get an early breakthrough as Harris and Williams started confidently.
With Harris looking assured, Williams took the attack to the bowlers, riding his luck to hit a brisk 40, until well caught by Crazies skipper, Stuart, off Scholfield with the score on 75.
Marshall joined Harris and, after some initial trouble, also began to knock the ball around confidently. Once again Stonor added 75 for the second wicket, before Montgomery took a fine catch in the deep to remove Marshall off Margrie.
When Connolly was run out two overs later and Margrie creating problems for Kavanagh, Crazies began to stem the flow of runs. A brutal penultimate over, during which Harris smashed 23 to finish 95 not out, left Crazies needing 192 for victory.
Parker and Noyes started confidently, punishing any wayward deliveries from Stonor’s opening bowlers and, despite a tight spell from Warren, looked untroubled in adding a century partnership. Despite Noyes retiring hurt and Mike Simpson being caught behind, Parker continued to steer the Crazies towards what looked like a comfortable victory.
With only 40 required to win off the last 10 overs, Stonor fought back. Powell had Reiss Simpson stumped and Anthony caught at cover in the same over, and when Will Scholfield was bowled for a duck in Swinburn’s next over, Crazies still needed 37 with seven overs remaining.
Parker continued to amass runs untroubled and, thanks to a six from Brian Scholfield, steered Crazies to victory with four balls to spare.