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It's been a long time since we played a game like this

posted 13 May 2010, 06:45 by Martin Farrell
30 July 2008

There are two overs remaining, 11 runs required, George Barratt on strike and only Laurence Tait and Ed Richardson still to bat. It is the culmination of a 220 run chase on a baking hot afternoon at Bishops Waltham.

Mark is pacing up and down the mid-wicket boundary rope, Hugh can hardly contain himself in the scorebox, Paul is busy calculating the required rate down to 6 decimal places, Duncan sneaks around to the opposite side of the ground like the expectant father and David is preoccupied with reassuring Laurence of his batting strategy should he be required to bat.

Ali Gage, aptly described on the BW website as right arm bad-tempered used to be quite fast, had already bowled out a maiden to George in his previous over. He now decides to add to the pressure by bringing in a couple of fielders and Lawrence Hembrow, at the non-strikers end, offers George some final advice.

Tension mounts as Gage runs in to deliver the next ball. Seemingly oblivious to the pressure, George dances down the wicket, thankfully ignoring any advice Lawrence may have offered and drives the ball beautifully, straight back through mid-on for four. Immediately the ball crosses the line, Paul chirps in from his umpiring position at square leg, with the revised run rate.

Gage reassesses the situation and counters by dropping his fielders back. His next delivery is met with similar treatment with the ball racing towards mid-off but this time a desperate chase cuts it off and only two runs are claimed. Now the required rate is down to 0.625 runs per ball. (thanks Paul)

By this stage the bowler is demonstrating his northern trait to moan a little. However, George is now enjoying himself and when the next delivery strays a little down leg side he nonchalantly clips it of his pads and sends it hurtling over the mid-wicket boundary.

No need for any calculations now as one run is required from the last seven balls and George easily works a single to win Bosham the game.

A brilliant effort and definitely one of the best games Bosham have played for many years and as much for being a great all-round team effort as the final result.

Earlier in the day Bishops Waltham had built their innings around two big partnerships. Wiseman (53) and Tromons (45) accumulated 82 runs for the third wicket. The dismissal of Wiseman brought Pratt to the crease and he hit a rapid fire 65 in a partnership of 87. George made an important breakthrough in claiming Pratt's wicket and consequently the Bishops Waltham innings stuttered towards the end. Wickets fell quickly with George taking four and Martin three as the innings closed on 220.

The Bosham reply got off to a terrible start when the prolific Mark Allen was dismissed for just 15. With Nick Outram deserting the side in favour of an afternoon at the Rose Bowl, Paul Beynon stepped-up to bat at number three but unfortunately he immediately followed Mark for a duck. A partnership from Duncan (65) and David (49) rescued the team from their shaky start and set the foundations for the run chase. However, when this pair had been dismissed it fell to Lawrence to guide Bosham towards their target. First batting with Martin and then George his unbeaten innings of 35 was a crucial part of the victory.
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