HOSTS KIDMORE END 2nds suffered a last ball defeat at home to YATELEY 2nds on Saturday
HOSTS KIDMORE END 2nds suffered a last ball defeat at home to YATELEY 2nds on Saturday at Gallowstree Common in their last pre-season friendly.
Kidmore skipper Chris Pigden lost the toss and the home side were asked to bat first in a 40 over a side encounter. Kidmore stuttered against some accurate bowling from the visitors as the slowness of the pitch produced some false shots and the new ball at times proved awkward to negotiate.
Kidmore found themselves on 20-2 when Oli Johnson joined Mark New and the pair started to put together an 82 partnership which formed the backbone of the Kidmore End innings with both playing good shots.
With the dismissal of New for 59, including 13 fours, Johnson continued to show a cool hand until he was caught for 46. With Mike Dixon’s 23 and Simon Berry’s 20 the Kidmore innings closed on 192.
Yateley’s reply started off brightly and they were up with the required rate until Nathan Ruegg produced a fine delivery to clean bowl McGregor.
Ruegg continued to bowl a good line and length and was unlucky to only collect one wicket. The introduction of Simon Berry swung the game back in Kidmore’s favour as he produced a couple of magical deliveries as well as a good catch on the run from Todd Butler. Butler also got in on the act as his bowling kept Kidmore in the game as Yateley’s batsmen were never quite able to break free and ensure that they ran out easy winners.
The game went to the final over with the visitors triumphing with a last ball two-wicket victory.