1 June 2014
In a bum-squeaking finale, last pair Matt Webster and Steve Bignell scrambled 10-man Tigers to an exciting victory with just over 2 overs to spare. In a low-scoring contest dominated by the bowlers, Barnaby Pinfield’s classic innings of 60 proved the deciding factor against one of only two teams to down the Tigers’ colours last season. An excellent all-round effort in the field dismissed the home side for only 107, but two disastrous collapses looked to have scuppered the Tigers’ chances.
With an unresponsive pitch and slow outfield runs were always going to be at a premium, the villagers looked to be in control at 43-1 until Ian Daffern’s fine low catch at mid-off to dismiss B Gallant (22) broke the spell. Richard Burgess took another steady catch at the same score to out Barnard and the innings never really got going successfully again, despite Ahearne’s 21. Matt Webster’s trojan effort (3-13 in 13 consecutive overs) broke the middle order and Craig Murray’s 3-8 cleaned up the tail, assisted by all the other bowlers (Dane 1-29, Taylor 1-27, Wright 1-25 and Bignell 1-2).
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Ian Porton stroked six runs from the first over of the Tigers’ reply, but then incredibly the innings went the shape of the pear in just 11 balls. Ian was well caught at point; with Daffern bowled three balls later, both to Mimmack, then Burgess was leg before to Wood’s full toss and Dane castled by a break back after another three deliveries, four wickets having gone for no runs. But Barnaby looked in top form, scoring powerfully on the leg side, Chris Wright kept him company until lbw to another full toss at 30-5. Stewart Taylor then joined Barnaby for the defining partnership of the match. Stewart made only 9 from a sixth-wicket stand of 62 in 19 overs, but his contribution proved just as vital.
The Tigers appeared to be cruising to victory at 92-5 with 10 of the last 20 overs remaining until Barnaby’s low drive was brilliantly pouched at mid-off, the first of another three wickets to go down in 7 balls for no additional score, Stewart’s lofted drive failing to clear mid-on and Murray lbw in Ahearne’s same over. This left Webster and Bignell to get the last 16 runs, neither having batted in the middle for almost a year! There was one hairy moment when Matt edged through the slips for a vital boundary, but his blistering straight drive levelled the scores before Steve glanced the winning run to fine leg with 14 balls remaining.