Hill just inches away from a draw in thriller
Last man needed one run for tie but falls just short
MID-BUCKS PREMIER LEAGUE Holmer Green Ley Hill
203 202-9 TEN-man Ley Hill lost the most thrilling match seen at the club for years on Saturday, going down by the narrowest of margins off the last ball of the game.
With one player failing to report for duty, Hill were a man short throughout against Holmer Green and appeared to be heading for defeat when chasing 204 for victory, the last pair came together at 164-8 with the overs running out.
Yet with Sarunga Daluwatta batting heroically for a half century and last man Chris Morris chipping in with nine, just four were needed when Green’s Steve Adams took the ball for the final over.
Amid mounting tension only two singles came from the first five balls leaving Morris needing two to win off the final ball.
Morris swung and ran, but his shot went in the direction of the bowler and Adams calmly removed the bails with Morris a couple of feet short of completing the run which would have ensured the tie.
Earlier, Hill had made light of their one-man handicap in the field to reduce Green to 125-7, despite 44 from the dangerous Richard Wallace, Daluwatta causing some of the damage with 2-41.
However, James Salter’s careerbest 58 swung the game back Green’s way despite Sampath Dasanayake finishing with the impressive figures of 4-29.
Holmer’s Steve Jerman, the fastest bowler in the league, was restricted to just five overs by a back injury, but still took 2-13 to leave Green reeling on 33-3.
Ben Ford and Callum Wilson both scored 26 to begin the fightback and when Felix Chamberlain weighed in with 36, Hill looked favourites once more at 127-4, only for Prashanta Weerakoon to produce another twist, taking 3-0 in a devastating spell. Daluwatta and Dasanayake added 37 before the latter became Weerakoon’s fourth victim.
Little did we know then it was all just the prelude to the dramatic finale.