Cross sur­vival in doubt after two-wicket loss

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After be­ing in­serted on a damp track, the Cross made a de­cent start with an open­ing stand of 44, un­til the loss of three quick wick­ets saw the good start go to waste.

A 76-run stand be­tween Dan Sol­way (84 not out) and Dan Hamp­ton (36) put the Cross back on track, but wick­ets fell in the lat­ter overs as the Cross posted 211-8.

Burn­ham found them­selves in a spot of bother after 11 overs with the score 35-3, but they hit back hard as Awais Zia blasted 52 off 45 balls, shar­ing a fourth wicket stand of 59 with skip­per Har­vey Gan­dam (54).

The dis­missal of Zia failed to slow Burn­ham’s mo­men­tum as another half-cen­tury stand put them in con­trol, but then the pres­sure seemed to get to them as they lost four wick­ets to leave the game tan­ta­lis­ingly poised on 189-8 with six overs left.

The Cross threw the kitchen sink at the Burn­ham tail, but they stood firm as Ad­nan Ma­lik (30 not out) saw them home.

The Cross re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble go­ing into the last round of matches, but de­feats for As­ton Rowant and Hare­field have left the door ajar, mean­ing they must beat Ox­ford and hope both their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals lose.

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HOME COUN­TIES PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Ger­rards Cross 211-8 (50 overs) Burn­ham 215-8 (48.5 overs)

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