UM­folozi snatch vic­tory off last ball

Northern Eyethu - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Richard Springo­rum

SPEC­TA­TORS were kept in an­tic­i­pa­tion to the last ball to de­ter­mine a vic­tor in a high scor­ing first divi­sion T20 match be­tween Felix­ton and uM­folozi, played in Felix­ton last week­end.

The vis­it­ing team snatched a one run vic­tory off the last ball of the game, af­ter the umpire called a no-ball ow­ing to Felix­ton hav­ing too many men out­side the in­ner cir­cle.

Felix­ton cap­tain Guy Richard­son won the toss and elected to bat first on the slow, flat bat­ting track.

Richard­son lead from the front with an in­jured ham­string, scor­ing 42 runs be­fore go­ing out.

He was backed up by opener Hugo My­burgh who man­aged 27 with the wil­low.

Man of the match, Phaka­mani Mthethwa came in to­wards the end of the in­nings and smashed 31 not out off 17 balls, guid­ing his side to 155/4 in their 20 overs.

Patrick Gre­gory lead the at­tack for the uM­folozi lads with fig­ures of 2/26 in 4, with stal­wart Er­rol Boulé tak­ing one wicket for 25 runs in his four overs.

uM­folozi rock­eted their mam­moth chase off to a fly­ing start, with open­ers Rory Moran (48) and cap­tain Robert Hage­mann (32) do­ing most of the dam­age.

But Mthethwa en­tered the bowl­ing scene and tight­ened the scor­ing screws with fig­ures of 4/21 in 4.

It came down to uM­folozi need­ing 20 runs in the last over, with Felix­ton be­ing favourites.

But the old adage, ‘it’s not over till the fat lady sings’, proved true for uM­folozi who man­aged to sneak a one run vic­tory.

Richard Springo­rum

uM­folozi stal­wart Er­rol Boulé picked up one wicket for 25 runs in four overs.

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