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Allen the key against Compton

posted 13 May 2010, 06:38 by Martin Farrell
27 June 2008

Mark Allen fired Bosham to a crucial win over divisional rivals Compton with an unbeaten 98. He’s now scored 381 from his five innings this season and was in faultless form as he led the run chase. He secured victory for Bosham with four balls to spare with a trademark sweep for four. The result consolidates second place for Bosham behind Portsmouth and Southsea but means Compton slip three places down to sixth.

With Oakland's Park unavailable Bosham had the pleasure of hosting this game at Goodwood's ground. Despite the damp conditions Compton decided to bat and were immediately contained by accurate bowling from George Barratt and the captain. Pressure mounted on the batsmen as they found it hard to score runs and this was compounded by another good spell of bowling from Barney. At the end of 36 over the score stood at a very uncompetitive 120.

Compton, led by Francis (57no) and Middleton (26), added a vital 55 from the last six overs. Bosham struggled to maintain their accuracy in the light drizzle and the batsmen rode their luck to post a competitive total of 175.

Despite some very gloomy weather during the tea interval it cleared sufficiently to allow the game to restart on time. Mark and Duncan Barratt opened the innings in positive mood until Middleton trapped Duncan lbw for 30. Rain Man continued his poor run of form and was dismissed quickly lifting Compton's spirits.

Mark and David batted sensibly compiling a 30 run partnership but when David was caught at mid-on by Stickley the game was still very much in the balance. With twelve overs remaining Bosham needed to score at a rate of 5.5 per over.

As Bosham fell behind the rate and Compton were in the ascendancy, James Callaghan proceeded to hit two enormous sixes to swing momentum back towards Bosham. He then attempted a third but was caught by Barclay. The tension and excitement rose on both sides but Mark calmly held his nerve and guided the team home with four balls remaining.