Matt finishes on 8-33 but it’s not enough to beat defiant Green
ENGLEFIELD GREEN expired before their Selby date as they were blown away by a strong Ewhurst side in Fuller’s Division Three.
Matt Selby ripped through the visitors’ line-up, taking eight wickets for just 33 runs, with his brother Tom claiming 1-26.
Green opener Dave Haykin was the only man not to fall to Selby – but he was one of seven dismissed for a single-figure score as the visitors were unable to cope.
Fellow opener Andy Moore and number seven Rhys Terrington made 16 apiece while skipper Andy Dare could only watch the carnage from the other end.
As wickets tumbled around him he stood firm and crawled to 43 as his team were skittled for a paltry figure of just 110 off 47.5 overs.
Richey Back (1-23 off seven overs) struck an early blow in the Ewhurst reply and George Whittle (2-23 off 8) claimed a couple of victims – all three bowled – but the result was a foregone conclusion, with Tom Selby (33no) seeing his side to a seven-wicket win.
Meanwhile, Green’s second team showed great heart to deny Long Ditton victory after being second best for the entire game.
Ditton piled up 244-2 in only 42.5 overs thanks to Sam Nolan (100no) and seemed set for an easy win after reducing the hosts to 38-4.
However, Tom Branagan (26) again dug in and he and James Parrott (52no) frustrated the Ditton attack.
Number 11 Duncan Ballantyne blocked the final five balls as Green ended on 132-9 off a mammoth 53 overs to draw the match.