Corran shows his class for Wheathampstead
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Matt Corran dispatched the last ball of the game for four to cap a majestic individual and team performance from Wheathampstead.
Chasing 222, a target Wheathampstead had failed to top all season, Corran got his side within 13 runs from the last over. A boundary on the first ball of the over helped bring the win closer.
Needing five runs from two balls to win, Corran found the boundary under a despairing dive from the fielder. Then, with the scores level, he wrapped up the win in style, hitting another boundary to keep Wheathampstead’s unbeaten home run alive and finish on 109 not out.
Earlier in the day, after Sam Ledger lost the toss, Wheathampstead were unsurprisingly put into field on a gloriously warm day.
Once again some excellent control from opening bowlers Nikki Marts and Jilly Ghulam made runs hard to get for the Welwyn Garden City batsmen. Two wickets a piece for the openers and Chris Strivens meant there was pressure on the visiting batsmen despite the flat batting track.
A wicket each for Dave Dabare and Jimmy McEwen restricted the visitors to 222 from their 53 overs.
Having not reached 200 runs as a team this season, it was going to be a big ask to chase down such a total from 47 overs. Two early wickets was not the start Wheathampstead were looking for but a partnership of 62 between Ledger and Corran steadied the ship.
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The match was in the visitors favour at 36 overs with Wheathampstead needing 73 runs in 11 overs and 6 wickets in hand.
This is where the brilliant Corran kicked on and really showed his class. Despite running his brother, Dave (36) out, Matt was in inspired form and found the rope on the last ball to seal the win.