Sheering v Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 1st XI Sunday on Sun 18 Jul 2010 at 2:00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won 1 wicket

Match report Steve Ashman's Sunday Dream Team have featured in some thrilling matches this season, and their first ever visit to Sheering proved no exception.

The visitors defeated the mighty Badgers in an exciting finish with just one wicket and five balls to spare. Chris Howard had waited 10 minutes to face his solitary delivery when he clipped the winning runs off Ben Oakes to the mid-wicket boundary.

After Ashman had elected to field, the early exchanges provided no evidence of the drama that was to follow as Sheering reached 119-2 after 31 overs.

Ben Oakes and Simon Lane added 66 for the third wicket, comfortably the highest stand of the game, before the dismissal of Lane (28) sparked a dramatic collapse. Their last 8 wickets fell for just 44 runs including Oakes, who struck 58 off 56 balls (10 fours) and Lloyd Purnell, who fell to a juggled catch by Howard off his brother's solitary over!

Joe Rudkin continued his fine form with the ball, taking 4-12 in his second spell of four overs to finish with figures of 6-45 while Howard produced a fiery spell to remove his "bunny" Mike Spring for a duck! However, the Sawbo bowlers conceded 25 extras, which was a considerable amount in a low-scoring game.

Chris Bird played out a maiden from Simpkins' opening over before Rhys Purnell faced up to his brother, who needed only five legitimate balls to dismiss his sibling without scoring.

Chisnall showed his intent, hitting three successive fours off Simpkins as he struck 17 off 15 balls before being adjudged caught at 2nd slip with the score on 23.

Bird went two runs later, caught at mid-off by Carl Waring and when Marshall became Simpkins' second wicket, Sawbo were in deep trouble at 43-4 in the 11th over.

Bruton and Furber added 25 before the former fell in the first over of the minimum last 20. Furber continued to play aggressively, taking 10 runs off Carl Waring's fourth over but O'Donovan departed in unusual fashion when he trod on his stumps.

Furber reached 41 off 48 balls but the curse of "Nelson" struck again when he was comprehensively bowled by Oakes. His dismissal left Sawbo on 111-7, needing 53 from final 10 overs.

Ashman held the rest of the innings together with a fine captain's knock, finishing 35 not out from 39 balls, hitting four fours and a six.

Simon Lane's third catch of the innings accounted for Rudkin and when Ben Waring claimed his first-ever Sheering wicket, this left Sawbo requiring 10 from 19 balls with their last pair at the crease.

Ashman faced the next 13 deliveries, scoring eight runs before Howard hit the winning boundary to complete an exciting run-chase.

Sheering Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
163 (0.0 overs)
Rob Heslop b  Rudkin 17
Max Poulter b  Rudkin 20
Ben Oakes b  Rudkin 58
Simon Lane b  Bruton 28
Mike Spring b  Howard 0
Lee Judges st  Ashman b Rudkin 2
Lloyd Purnell ct  Howard b Purnell 0
Ben Waring b  Rudkin 6
Carl Waring ct  O'Donovan b Rudkin 3
Mark Simpkins b  Howard 4
Ray Greenall Not Out  0

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 1st XI Sunday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Howard13.4136218.002.63
Joe Rudkin15.054567.503.00
Andrew O'Donovan7.003300.004.71
Chris Bird2.00800.004.00
James Bruton4.0122122.005.50
Rhys Purnell1.00111.001.00

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 1st XI Sunday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Chris Bird ct  Carl Waring b Simpkins 7
Rhys Purnell b  Purnell 0
Craig Chisnall ct  Lane b Purnell 17
James Bruton ct  Lane b Greenall 20
Tony Marshall ct  Poulter b Simpkins 9
Rob Furber b  Oakes 41
Andrew O'Donovan hit wicket  b Greenall 9 1
Steve Ashman Not Out  35 1
Joe Rudkin ct  Lane b Oakes 12
Joe Edwards ct  Poulter b Ben Waring 6
Chris Howard Not Out  4 1

Sheering Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mark Simpkins7.0138219.005.43
Lloyd Purnell5.001427.002.80
Ray Greenall8.0129214.503.63
Carl Waring 5.002800.005.60
Ben Oakes6.121829.002.92
Ben Waring5.0035135.007.00

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