Another cracking Sunday game came to its conclusion yesterday with Stoneleigh beating Shilton by 1 wicket with 1 over to spare.
After losing the toss and fielding on a blustery but warmish afternoon – Stoneleigh made deep inroads into Shilton’s top order. With Luke “Tiger” Thompson opening the bowling, he delivered a barrage of short pitched bowling that the batsmen could not handle and picked up some early wickets to put Stoneleigh in charge.
It looked like Stoneleigh would skittle the opposition for less than 100 and be in for an easy win but in came the number 7 for Shilton to smack a quick 46 to put them back in the game (mostly off James Chapman…. sorry!) to get them to a defendable score of 179-8 off 40 overs.
James redeemed himself with the bat scoring a 75 against a particularly quick opening spell from Shilton’s opening bowler to get Stoneleigh on their way to victory. Needing only 5 and over off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets remaining Stoneleigh were in charge – but a flurry of wickets came (not the norm really!) leaving Mark Edginton and Tiger Thompson as the last wicket stand to get the remaining 15 runs or so.
It all looked to be over as Edgington’s middle stump was uprooted but for Bob Waite to call a no-ball! This was the piece of luck we needed and with 8 needed from the last 2 overs, Luke hit the Shilton leg spinner for 2 fours through mid wicket to seal an unlikely but well deserved victory.
MOTM: Luke “Tiger” Thompson