Winslow clinch promotion in dramatic style

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WINSLOW Town have clinched promotion in the most dramatic of ways as they beat Clifton Hampden by two runs in a nail-biting encounter.

Needing a win to be sure of promotion of Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division Two, Winslow batted first against their promotion rivals.

Peter Hornby and Greg Wise batted supremely well together following the loss of Davies as Winslow appeared on course for a total of over 200. But things began to slip away when Wise was out caught and Callum Price fell cheaply.

Hornby remained at the crease, though, and hit a well-crafted 68 but once he fell, Winslow were 132-6. However, a plucky effort from the tail and a rash of extras allowed Town to post a final score of 191.

Winslow were optimistic at tea but a 50-run opening partnership put Clifton on top.

A change of bowling proved to be key, though, as Greg Wise bowled seven overs for just eight runs while Price ran out the dangerous Benson.

Clifton needed 60 from the final 10 overs with four wickets in hand and they looked favourites when Slay (43) and Burton (27) put on a solid partnership as Clifton needed five runs from the final over with three wickets left.

Iain Herbertson was the man to bowl that over and he didn’t disappoint in an incredible finale.

He first bowled Beard with the third ball before a mix-up resulted in a run-out off the fourth, leaving Clifton needing three to win with two balls and one wicket left.

It seemed a lost cause with Slay on strike but he swung and missed a straight ball from Herbertson, which scattered the stumps and meant a remarkable victory for Winslow.