Thrills galore as Aldborough CC secure final ball tie

In their latest Norfolk Cricket Alliance match, Aldborough secured a final ball tie with Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A.

Electing to bat first on a dry, hard wicket, Wanderers made a positive start, reaching 49-0 from the first 10 overs.

Cramp (0-42) and Ray Smith (3-29) then bowled in tandem to slow the run rate down as Wanderers reached 83-1 at drinks, Smith picking up the opening wicket of Eagleton (43).

Wanderers steadily progressed after the break with Everett (57) spearheading the innings. Nick Dingle (3-26) accounted for his wicket in the 42nd over as a push for runs in the final 10 overs saw wickets tumble, with Wanderers scoring 45 runs for the loss of seven wickets to finish on 175-9. Dingle, Smith and Ashley Moakes (2-40) were the beneficiaries.

In reply, Aldborough made a good start, taking 25 off the first four overs before Mike Cramp (17) was caught at gully on the second attempt. Three further quick wickets put Aldborough firmly in trouble at 31-4, with 175 seeming a long way off.

A superb 137 run partnership then followed between Andy Siddall (69, comprising seven fours and one six) and Ray Smith (73, comprising 11 fours) followed, which started slowly but then dramatically gathered pace.

It took Aldborough all the way to 168-5 at the end of the 45th over, when Smith was out leg before wicket. Both men used their vast experience to manouevure the field.

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With an over to go, Aldborough needed seven to tie and eight to win. A four from Siddall off the first ball gave Aldborough optimism of a fine victory, but he was foxed by a slower delivery the next ball to be out stumped and swing the pendulum back in Wanderers favour.

Dingle was sent in to try and hit the winning runs but went first ball. Nicholson took a single from the fourth ball. Swinbourne hit the fifth ball to the deep and took a further run, but a running mix up left Nicholson stranded as they attempted a second. With a ball to go, Aldborough needed one to tie and two to win. Joe Phillips took guard and manouevered the ball down to fine leg to take one and earn a well deserved and fair draw. Black Boys Man of the match: Andy Siddall and Ray Smith (shared).