CRAZIES HILL were held to a draw thanks largely to an undefeated 43 from BBC CAVERSHAM
CRAZIES HILL were held to a draw thanks largely to an undefeated 43 from BBC CAVERSHAM opener Castle on Sunday.
Having lost the toss, Crazies Hill were put in to bat and, despite Noyes being forced to retire hurt in an attempted run out, began slowly against some tight bowling. Having added 33, Rose lofted a return catch to Cowley and when Montgomery was caught by Townend to give Upendra his first wicket two overs later, Crazies Hill were 38-2.
After a brief flourish from Brian Scholfield, Crazies Hill again lost two quick wickets as Ballard caught Scholfield off Ram and then stumped Reiss Simpson off Upendra to leave the hosts 64-4, with Noyes still nursing his cut ear.
Mike Simpson and Will Scholfield rebuilt the innings adding 49 before Simpson was caught. With Noyes now able to return to the fray, he and Scholfield continued the fight back, before Salmon removed Scholfield for 53.
Crazies Hill lost three quick wickets as Upendra claimed a five wicket haul, before Searle joined Noyes to add some valuable runs for the last wicket and leave BBC needing 178 for victory.
BBC captain Townend started aggressively and, riding his luck, blasted a quick-fire 19 before being bowled by Ben Scholfield’s opening delivery.
With Anthony then removing Upendra, thanks to some smart glovework by Reiss Simpson, the BBC innings was in a similar position as the hosts at 32-2.
After a short fight back from Watts the BBC collapsed from 55-2 to 63-7 with Anthony the chief destroyer, taking three of the wickets to fall.
When Margrie bowled Cowley with 12 overs remaining and Ram looking unlikely to bat, having broken a finger earlier, victory looked assured for Crazies Hill but with Castle looking untroubled and Ballard offering stubborn resistance in support, BBC were able to hold out for a draw.