Sheringham suffer frustrating defeat as game is settled off the final ball

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Sheringham travelled to Rocklands on Saturday, hoping to maintain their promotion push in Division Four.

A tight game ended with a last ball defeat for the Lobsters in a blow to their hopes of going up.

After rain delayed the start of play, Sheringham were invited to bat first. Will Moy blasted a quick-fire 12, but was deceived by a yorker in the fourth over.

This brought the in-form David King to the crease, fresh from his unbeaten 152 the previous week. As captain Hudson nicked off for 12, Simon Taylor looked to consolidate and built a steady partnership with King.

Rocklands turned to their slow bowlers for control and at drinks Sheringham had reached 78-2. The visiting batsmen soon found their rhythm though and the scoring rate increased as King and Taylor put on 70 for the third wicket. King fell for 61, deceived by the slow nature of the pitch, leaving Sheringham 120-3 with 33 overs bowled.

Koluri (9) and Cox (10) both fell in the search for quick runs and it was the arrival of James Platt to the crease that saw a final flourish. With Taylor still in and now finding his range as well the pair put on 45 from the final five overs seeing Sheringham to a just above par 209-7 from their 45 overs.

With ball in hand, Sheringham's opening pair of Chris Moy (1-24) and Shane Cox (0-25) sought to put the Seasiders on top from the off. When Moy bowled the dangerous Mann for five Rocklands were 21-1 from seven overs.

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A second wicket partnership of 42 brought the hosts back into the game but when Nathan Lomax (1-43) took the key wicket of Defoe for 24- Sheringham were in the ascendancy.

The Lobsters struggled to take further wickets though, as 70 was put on for the third wicket. King (2-32) found plenty of assistance from the pitch, but Sheringham's lack of a second slower option starved them of control.

Despite a superb catch at long-off from Lomax off the bowling of Will Moy, Sheringham were unable to repel the Rocklands' middle order.

The hosts required 10 from the final over to win which they achieved courtesy of two fine shots from Ward off the last two balls of the game.

It was a difficult defeat to take for the Lobsters who will now be looking to reassert their push for a top two spot at home to Hardingham this Saturday.