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But just as it was for us at the same stage, it was time for a partnership and this time it was Vincent (55) and O’Gorman (44) who were the Forest Hill saviours as they put on a splendid partnership of 83.  It wasn’t easy going though; with a tight spell from Guy Burford in particular the required run rate began to increase.  Finally the pressure told and following a Vincent leg glance off Neil Robinson, O’Gorman went for a too tight single and was run out after an exceptionally quick piece of work by John Kelly.

Vincent kept going though and with support from Drew put Forest Hill ahead again and at 125 for 4 the hosts only needed another 22 off 22.  John Kelly then took the vital wicket of Vincent at which point I think everyone knew we were in for a cracking finish.

By this time Drew and Tyrus were scrambling for every run possible until finally the latter smashed a short ball from John straight to Alan Banyard (golly, that’s me!) fielding very close on the leg side and I just about managed to cling on to an important catch. Forest Hill now needed 7 off 8 and then just 6 off the last over.  The tension was mounting as adrenalin took over both sets of players.  The hosts were slight favourities?

Bowling choices were now somewhat limited with Alun, Robin and Guy bowled out and it was Will Huggins who was asked to step up to the plate.  By his own standards, Will had struggled a bit with his earlier spell of four overs, particularly against the prolific Vincent and O’Gorman and we could all feel the tension as our young quick bowler marked his run up.  Please don’t let there be any wides or byes!

Davey took a single of the first ball and Drew hit a crucial two off the next.  Only 3 were needed now off four balls and we feared the worst.  But Will had regained his line and after a play and miss and a block by Drew it was 3 off two and still the game was in the balance.  So who was going to finally crack and lose the game.

Drew scrambled yet another single and we were down to the last ball of the match.  Everything rested on Will and Davey and with 2 to win all results were still pretty much equally possible!!!!

It just had to be didn’t it!  Davey did just well enough to evade the infield, we had the sense to keep hold of the ball to ensure no chance of an overthrow and there we were the single meant we had a very rare tied game – the first since we played Tetsworth best part of a decade back!

 

Forest Hill innings

           

   4s

   6s

Hobbins

c Jacobs

b Regan

0

   

Hayday

 

b Regan

4

1

 

Wharton

LBW

b Regan

3

   

Vincent

 

 

 

 

b J Kelly

55

5

1

O'Gorman

run out (J Kelly)

 

 

44

6

1

Drew

not out

 

 

 

11

1

 

Tyrus

c Banyard

b J Kelly

5

   

Davey

not out

 

3

   

Wilson

 

 

 

   

Pervaiz

 

 

 

   

Haynes

 

 

 

   

Extras

b 7 lb 3 w 8 nb 2

 

21

   

TOTAL:

6 wkts, 35 overs

 

146

   

 

 Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-3, 3-15, 4-98, 5-125, 6-140

Bowler

O

M

R

W

A Regan

7

1

18

3

R Taylor

7

1

15

0

G Burford

7

1

21

0

W Huggins

5

0

36

0

J Kelly

6

0

32

2

N Robinson

3

0

14

0

 

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