CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit a huge 162 not out while Jonny Wright took seven wickets as HARPSDEN
CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit a huge 162 not out while Jonny Wright took seven wickets as HARPSDEN ran out winners against visitors CONCORDE on Sunday.
Duke opened the bowling for Concorde and showed good pace to get the early wicket of Mick Greenwood to a Yorker but this wasn’t enough to slow the swift start from Zac Jones.
Following Greenwood’s dismissal, Jones was joined by Whittaker and they put on 85 at better than six an over until Jones was dismissed for 60.
Will Ward and Wright didn’t last long but Whittaker found good support from Jon Stanley and Ollie Brown which enabled Harpsden to declare four overs early on 279-5. Whittaker remained unbeaten on a career best 162 after an innings of patience followed by devastating force and grace.
Concorde, unbeaten in numerous previous fixtures against Harpsden, had to survive 45 overs for a draw although the way they started, it looked as though they might threaten the 280 run target.
After some tight bowling, particularly from Max Martin who went for 27 in his 10 overs, the game seemed to be petering out for a draw as Concorde found defence straightforward on a good batting strip.
However, when Wright came into the attack he proceeded to bowl a devastating display of fast bowling, ending up with figures of six overs, two maidens, seven wickets for six runs. Harpsden won the match with just one over to spare.