Morris has major role in clinching dramatic Ley win
CHRIS Morris hit the winning runs with a dramatic boundary to clinch an astonishing low-scoring match for league leaders Ley Hill on Saturday.
No less than 17 wickets fell before tea, with the Hill, chasing 70 to win, reduced to 36-7, and the scores level when the last batsman entered the fray.
Visitors Downley had been reduced to 29-3, then collapsed from 51-4 to 69 all out as Scott Peterson’s 3-7 from six overs left them in tatters, while Chris Morris and Suranga Daluwatta took 3-24 and 2-14 respectively.
But the Hill struggled with their reply from the off, losing both openers for eight apiece before falling to 30-5 and then 36-7 when tea was called before the opening bowlers had even finished their opening spells.
Justin Hutchins and Craig Ottaway steaded the ship until the latter was dismissed by a remarkable catch at mid-off, and Peterson hit some quickfire runs before Hutchins was out lbw for 24.
The score was now 69-9 and every result was still possible, including a tie, but with one run needed to win, last man Morris belted the ball and ran as if his pants were on fire – but he need not have bothered as the ball flew past everyone for a boundary.
Az Shakoor had a mixed week for the 2nds, smashing an unbeaten 80 as his side won their T20 cup semi final against Lacey Green 2nds before topscoring again with 32 on Saturday, but this time ended up on the losing side against Widmer End.
The 2nds also lost to Haddenham, despite knocks of 80 from John Pawdey and 58 from Puttur Bharath.