Hill just inches away from a draw in thriller

Last man needed one run for tie but falls just short

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

HERO­ICS:

Sarunga Daluwatta

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