Romsey Town vs. Thurlow

July 20, 1991

Thurlow (122/9 in 40 6-ball overs)
lost to
Romsey Town (123/8 in 39.5 6-ball overs)
by 2 wickets.

So exciting was this match that it got its own article in The Cambridge Evening News later in the week. Never mind that the headline is factually incorrect, the punctuation is almost non-existant, the proof-reading lamentable and the Thurlow bias all too obvious - just enjoy it for a trip down memory lane:

Last ball defeat for Thurlow

A top-of-the-table clash in the Cambs League Division Four South saw Thurlow lose by two wickets at home to Romsey who scraped home in the last over of the game, in an eventful and exciting match.

Thurlow were put into bat and got off to a great start with a second wicket partnership of 51 between S. Peacock and K. Ervin who hit 52 which included six boundaries.

This set Thurlow towards a large total and at one stage they were 73/3 but a middle order collapse ruined any chance of setting a big score.

Romsey had a nightmare in the field dropping a number of chances throughout the Thurlow innings and the could consider themselves lucky to eventually reach 123/9.

The last few wickets fell quickly with the batsmen trying to increase the run rate in the final few overs.

Romsey's bowlers made up for the poor fielding with some good all round bowling. K. Agha finished with their best figures with 5/21 off his 10 overs.

Thurlow were disappointed with their score and their fielding and bowling was going to be vital to the outcome of this match.

Romsey got off to a poor start losing two early wickets but a steady partnership off [sic] 33 for the third wicket set Romsey on their way.

K. Agha rounded off a great match for him hitting their top score of 36.

The difference between the two teams was the fielding. It was Thurlow's best fielding performance of the season with some great catches taken and some good run out, but Romsey's middle order batsmen were holding their innings together but with some inspired bowling, although Thurlow were still taking the odd wicket.

Romsey mounted the pressure and despite all of Thurlow's efforts they required only five runs off the last over.

Their batsmen held their nerve and they edged home with one ball to spare.

Thurlow must get back to winning ways if they want to achieve promotion for the third season running.