Nor­mandy edge ever closer to Sow­ing it up

Nor­mandy ............ 265-5 Farn­ham................... 179

Aldershot News & Mail - - CRICKET -

vic­tory for Nor­mandy with just four balls to spare as they took another gi­ant step to­wards the Pre­mier.

The Aus­tralian leg-spin­ner pro­duced a flip­per to bowl Ge­orge Dale to force a win by 86 runs, just when it seemed Farn­ham would hold out, en­sur­ing Howard Grice’s men stay top by 10 points.

Their 10th suc­cess in 12 matches had much to do with Sowter, who is from Sydney but has a Bri­tish pass­port. Ear­lier he had stroked 114 – in­clud­ing seven fours and two sixes – in adding 71 for the third wicket with Grice (47) and then 156 for the fourth with Oli Batch­e­lor (69).

That en­sured Nor­mandy reached 265-5dec from 60 overs although the vis­i­tors – who had en­tered the match on the back of three wins – reached 86-1 thanks to Joel Walker (52) and Guy Hicks (28). Off-spin­ner Chris Jones (4-42) made im­por­tant break­throughs though and Sowter – who bowled two of his vic­tims and had the other two leg-be­fore – en­sured Grice did not re­gret declar­ing ear­lier.

“I thought we might have left it a bit late when we needed five wick­ets in the last 10 overs but a lot of our games have fol­lowed the same pat­tern and we’ve learned to be pa­tient,” said the cap­tain.

“Many first divi­sion teams have de­cent early bat­ting but then you can get through the rest and our spin­ners have been tremen­dous. Nathan bat­ted beau­ti­fully and his googlies and flip­pers are a great weapon.”

The Nor­mans will now be look­ing to Farn­ham to do them a favour this Satur­day when they travel to ti­tle ri­vals Bed­ding­ton, while Grice's side go down lowly Malden Wan­der­ers.

Mean­while, off-colour Cam­ber­leyy were left to rue another woe­ful bat­ting dis­play – yet they still al­most ground out an un­likely vic­tory against Old Whit­gif­tians at Up­per Ver­ran Road.

Cam found them­selves reel­ing at 43-5 at one stage be­fore Dan Burns stead­ied the ship with a cap­tain’s in­nings, smash­ing an un­beaten 52 to lead the fight­back.

Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever – bar Do­minic Peter’s 18 – Burns was fast run­ning out of sup­port at the other end and af­ter Kyle Phi­lan­der, Ju­lian Hag­ger and Dan Wake­l­ing all de­parted with­out trou­bling the scor­ers, Cam­ber­ley were skit­tled for 120 all out.

That man Burns gave Cam hope with an early break­through, but af­ter weath­er­ing the early storm the vis­i­tors looked well set at 61-1 when Phi­lan­der struck twice in quick suc­ces­sion to add to the ten­sion.

Now, Cam were on top and af­ter Wake­l­ing and Phi­lan­der made fur­ther in­roads, Old Whits were sud­denly 75-5 and the game was back in the bal­ance.

Brief respite was re­stored from Ali Jaf­fery (12) and Joe Murtagh (11) but another quick­fire pair of wick­ets with the score on 95 sud­denly set up a tense finale.

Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, a brave 22 not out from Adam Clarke helped see the vis­i­tors es­cape fur­ther alarm and limp home – Phi­lan­der record­ing best fig­ures of 3-24, backed up by Burns’ 2-30.

Cam­ber­ley host Cran­leigh this Satur­day.

Cap­tain’s in­nings: Skip­per Dan Burns top scored for Cam­ber­ley put couldn’t pre­vent de­feat against Old Whifgif­tians on Satur­day

Spin king: Nathan Sowter is spin­ning Nor­mandy to­wards the divi­sion one ti­tle

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