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United Services set up close finish to the season

posted 13 May 2010, 06:48 by Martin Farrell
25 August 2008

Bosham slipped to their third defeat of the season against United Services after a disappointing batting performance at Oaklands Park.

United Services batted first and set a target of 178. Despite a lively looking wicket the Bosham bowlers were unable to extract any life out of the pitch and the anticipated bounce and lateral movement did not materialise. This allowed the batsman to take control and a solid opening partnership of 75 from Margetson and Toms laid the foundations for the innings. The introduction of John Barnett into the attack once again provided impetus for the Bosham attack as the veteran began taking wickets. His haul of 6 for 38 from 12 overs was vital in taking the momentum out of the innings and restricting United Services to a modest 178.

At the break Bosham were confident of making the target and despite loosing Barratt and Outram cheaply a third wicket partnership between Mark Allen and David Goodman threatened to turn the game in Bosham's favour. However, when Allen swept Clinton Rudder he did not connect properly and the ball flew high to Bartlett at third man who took the catch. Tom Gilliatt only lasted two balls and Goodman was bowled a couple of overs later to reduce Bosham to 84 for 5. Rudder and Saunders continued to pressure the batsmen with some controlled bowling and as Bosham slipped behind the required rate wickets continued to tumble. George Barratt held out at the end of the innings with an unbeaten 12 which not only gained Bosham an extra batting point it also denied United Services full bowling points which could be vital at the end of the season.

Going in to the last two weeks of matches there is now a five way battle for the title and the second place promotion spot. With Bosham hosting Portsmouth and Southsea on the final game of the season it could all come down to the final ball of the season.

TeamPlayed WonTieLost Bat PtsBwl Pts Pen PtsTot PtsAvg
Portsmouth & Ssea II13 1201 82520 27821.38
Bosham13 1003 83530 25619.69
Wickham13 1003 72540 24618.92
Compton13 913 77520 24318.69
United Services III13 1003 67510 23818.31