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Another poor batting display costs Bosham

posted 13 May 2010, 06:49 by Martin Farrell
25 August 2008

Bosham slumped to their third successive defeat against Hambledon and effectively ended their chances of securing promotion this season. Their recent poor form with the bat continued as Bosham failed to chase down a target of 145 at the historic Bat & Ball ground in Hambledon.

After loosing the toss Bosham made a very positive start with the ball and soon had Hambledon reduced to 14 for 2. The batsmen continued to struggle with Martin Farrell going on to take 5 for 33. He was supported well by Tom Gilliatt and John Barnett who picked up one and two wickets respectively. The Hambledon innings closed on 144 for 9 with Bosham the far happier team at tea.

After the interval Hambledon had the best possible start when Carrs fired in great delivery to clean bowl Tom Gilliatt for a duck. Soon after Bascombe claimed the wicket of Sam Gilliatt and Bosham found themselves at 13 for 2. However, Mark Allen sparked a mini-recovery and seemed to have regained some form as he got on top of the Hambledon bowlers. He had accumulated 23 runs when he mistimed a drive and the ball looped up to be caught at extra cover. Despite David Goodman, Lawrence Hembrow and Colin Henderson all making reasonable starts they found the going tough and with the pitch deteriorating keeping up with the required run rate was challenging.

With wickets being taken regularly it needed someone to step up and score a fifty if Bosham had any chance of claiming a win. Hopes of a win dwindled as Hambledon maintained their grip on the game and continued to take wickets finally bowling out the visitors for 96.