Root holds nerve in final ball thriller

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Mursley Cricket Club, reformed eight years ago ollowing a 30-year absence, assembled 22 players to contest a thrilling President’s (Barbara Williamson) vs Chairman’s (Andrew Cowell) fixture that went down to the final ball of the match.

The Chairman’s team batted first and made a slow start as they were contained by good bowling from Neal Root (1-9) and Matty Hodges (1-17).

The introduction of James Peat into the attack sparked a mini-collapse as his first over saw two wickets fall plus the run-out of his dad.

Paul Wilson batted well for his 18 and Andrew Manley finished 23 not out to help boost the ir total to 88 after 20 overs.

The President’s IX made a steady start to their innings before two wickets for Paul Wilson brought Root to the crease to join Justin Daley.

Daley went on to make an unbeaten 52 to hold the innings together, but the duo made slow progress in the face of tight bowling from Alex Gallon (0-15), Chris Ward (0-15) and Nigel Peat (0-9). The match entered the last over with nine required to win and it was left to Root (12no) to hit the winning run off the final ball of the match to hand victory to the President’s XI.

James Peat, aged 11, was awarded the match ball for his bowling. Don Bone, one of the stalwarts of Mursley CC in its formers days, was presented with a new club cap.