Matt fin­ishes on 8-33 but it’s not enough to beat defiant Green

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Cricket

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.

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