Thursday, 17 June 2021

Harpsden edge home

HARPSDEN entertained KENSINGTON for a declaration game on Sunday.

HARPSDEN entertained KENSINGTON for a declaration game on Sunday.

Tight bowling from Harpsden’s James Brooks and Max Martin left Kensington with 12 runs off 10 overs.

Khan and Sarna brought some respectability to the score but used up all of their possible 45 overs as they  finished on 160-9.

The pick of the Harpsden bowlers was 14-year-old Max Martin taking 3-18 off his eight overs.

Harpsden needed only four an over for victory, but at 8-4 in the ninth, a draw looked the best outcome.



John Stanley and Will Stevens had other ideas as they pushed the score to 125-4 after 32 overs.

But with 36 to win in eight overs with six wickets in hand, the match was turned on its head — Stanley was caught, Christian Whittaker was beaten by Ramanchandra and Brooks, Matt Stanley and Max Martin didn’t last long.

With eight to win and 11 balls left, all four results still looked possible.

Man-of-the-match Stevens took a one off the first ball of his partnership with Birkett.

Then a classic off-drive from Stevens gave Harpsden the win with three balls to spare.



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