Sandridge take game to the wire

SHL Division Five Sandridge 205-5 drew with Datchworth 207 SANDRIDGE S game with Datchworth was a thriller with the game going right down to the final ball. The Sandridge opening attack of Ian Merryfield and White were immediately put under pressure by t

SHL Division Five

Sandridge 205-5 drew with Datchworth 207

SANDRIDGE'S game with Datchworth was a thriller with the game going right down to the final ball.

The Sandridge opening attack of Ian Merryfield and White were immediately put under pressure by the aggressive Datchworth openers, particularly Brown (52), after just six overs they were 40 without loss.


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Then Merryfield hit back with three wickets in the space of two overs and suddenly the momentum of the game changed. Bennett (46) then came to the crease and with Brown took the score up to 109, before Dave Muskett struck with three wickets (3-41) and with John Murphy (3-64) also getting in on the act, Datchworth were reeling at 152-9.

Once again the game changed as Budd (51) frustrated the bowling and with his partner proceeded to take the score up to 207-10. Sandridge left the field at tea knowing they'd let their opponents off the hook.

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Sandridge started the reply badly losing Merryfield in the third over. Dave Corran joined Adam Temple at the crease and despite starting slowly they took the score up to 128. When Corran (54) and then Temple (62) went in short succession, followed by Steve Thomas the game appeared to be drifting.

However, Kim Nguyen (31) and Dave Muskett (40) suddenly dispatched the ball to all parts of the boundary and Datchworth were suddenly looking very nervous.

With 50 coming from the final five overs, it all came down to Sandridge needing three to win off the final ball.

Unfortunately Nguyen was bowled and this thrilling game left Sandridge thinking what might have been.

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