Tows snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after dramatic finish

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Alan Edwards hit a four off the penultimate ball of the match to give Towcestrians a nail-biting one-wicket win over Maids Moreton in Division Four.

A depleted Tows team travelled to Maids Moreton with a side affected by injury and holidays as the home captain won the toss and batted first on a difficult wicket.

Kevin Hawkins and Adam Booth opened the bowling and kept things tight with opener Luke Tory scoring 25 before falling to the off spin of Alan Edwards, who took a sharp return catch to dismiss the dangerous young batsman,

Several of the Moreton batsmen came in and played attacking shots, but Edwards kept them in check and finished with figures of 12-2-42-5.

With a weakened bowling attack, skipper Hawkins introduced U15 seam bowler James Boyles to the attack and he bowled steadily, while another U15 player Ed Penn took a wicket in his one over spell as Moreton finished on 133-8.

Towcestrians’ reply started poorly when opener Wayne Johnson was bowled by Tory for a duck in the first over.

Ollie Drage and Sam Kelly gradually re-built before the former became Tory’s second victim, but veteran Tony Roberts steadied the ship with 35, until he was controversially given out LBW.

Youngsters Ben Johnson and Ed Penn quickly followed as Tows looked in a perilous position and seemed destined to lose their unbeaten league record.

However, Alan Edwards, batting much lower than usual at eight, used his experience to guide the tail to a position where eight runs were needed from the final over.

The impressive Hamilton was the bowler but Edwards kept his cool to strike a four off the second ball of the over before two dot balls increased the tension. But, on the penultimate ball, Edwards played a high scoop to fine leg, where the fielder came in for the catch but missed the ball, which then accelerated over the boundary for the dramatic winning runs to bring an end to a sensational match.

The win keeps Tows, who host Radway A this week, top of the table, 65 points clear of Wardington.