Big-hit­ting Lacey ties up win de­spite fall­ing short of cen­tury

Wag­goners’ bats­man hits 90 in hard-fought win

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tar­get of 246 for vic­tory. It was a tar­get Hawridge came so close to reach­ing too, but not be­fore Lacey con­tin­ued to pros­per, as Gra­ham Sal­is­bury took a fine catch just in­side the fine-leg bound­ary off his eighth ball.

Neal Robin­son and Si­mon Lister fought back for Hawridge, but when Monty Thomp­son dis­missed Robin­son for 42 it her­alded a mid or­der col­lapse, with Rollo McIn­tyre (334) bag­ging three wick­ets, and when the fifth wicket went down at 99 with half the overs gone, the game seemed safe.

But Lister and Matthew Rutt had other ideas, with their sixth wicket part­ner­ship making 133 by the time Rutt was run out for 24, leav­ing Hawridge need­ing just 13 off 14 balls.

The penul­ti­mate over, bowled by the luck­less Andy Thomp­son, went for seven, mean­ing Hawridge re­quired six off the last over.

Skip­per Ian McIn­tyre had seen enough and brought him­self back on for the fi­nal over, bag­ging the price­less wicket of Lister, who fell for a su­perb 119, with his sec­ond ball, follo fol­lowed by a sin­gle and then a clean bowled.

Th Then came two leg bye byes, mean­ing Hawridge nee needed three of the fi­nal bal ball, but cap­tain fan fan­tas­tic came up with the goods again, de de­liv­er­ing an­other cle clean bowled to fin­ish an epic clash with pe per­sonal fig­ures of 3-34.

Meanwh i le , Ba Ballinger’s 2nds fielded fo four of their strong girls se sec­tion and two U13 boys against Prest­wood, and they all gave a good ac­count of them­selves – es­pe­cially Han­nah Bates, with a top score of 13 – de­spite a 10-wicket de­feat.

Else­where in the Premier Divi­sion, cham­pi­ons Ley Hill suf­fered a shock 78-run de­feat to Monks Ris­bor­ough, while Holmer Green beat Down­ley by 27 runs and, in Divi­sion Two, Chal­lon­ers were hammered by nine wick­ets against Fre­ith.

(Above) Jono Lacey and (left) the four girls called up to the men’s se­nior sec­ond XI

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