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Hampton and Solihull secure a thrilling win off final ball

The first team game at Rugby was hard fought but played in a good spirit, with H&S collecting a valuable win off the final ball.

Hampton and Solihull enjoyed a successful weekend with all three sides completing maximum-point wins in the Warwickshire Cricket League and setting a couple of club records in the process.

The first team game at Rugby was hard fought but played in a good spirit, with H&S collecting a valuable win off the final ball.

Rugby won the toss and chose to bat and former Warwickshire skipper, Michael Powell and Charlie Robards were untroubled in reaching 64 despite Tariq Malakhel and James Harris bowling well

Things changed dramatically when Mike Palmer had Powell caught at mid-wicket for 34 and two balls later dismissed new batsman Cochrane.

Robards could only watch as wickets fell around him.

Palmer was the beneficiary, picking up the first five wickets before adding the run out of Benfield for good measure.

Robards was out for 86 shortly before the end, lbw to Harris and, with his dismissal, Rugby limped through to 167 for seven.

In reply, H&S started well with Mark James and Mike Daniels posting a half-century stand before Rugby turned to spin with Steve Ward; making the breakthrough with a fine diving return catch to dismiss Daniels.

H&S then slipped to 63 for four and, had the chance offered by Mike Taylor been taken, it could have been much worse.

Instead, Taylor and skipper Matt James put the pressure back on the bowlers.

The H&S captain was bowled by Powell for 31 and when Taylor was run out for 42, at the end of the 48th over, all results were still possible.

Gaddipati and Palmer scrambled seven runs off the 49th over leaving Palmer to face Edwards needing nine for victory.

Eight runs off the first three balls brought the scores level but a couple of dot balls increased the tension before a flashing square drive off the last ball produced the winning runs in a thoroughly absorbing match.

The second team made much easier work of a weak Ansley side, producing a dominant display to win by a massive 229 runs.

H&S elected to bat and posted 328 for one off just 38 overs, Ian Cherry leading the way as he compiled the club’s first double hundred supported by young Safian Shakil, who composed an elegant 105.

Their undefeated partnership of 319 set a new record for the club.

The unfortunate batsman to miss out was Piers Roberts but he made amends with the ball, taking four for 12 from five overs, as Ansley were bundled out for 99.

To cap off a fine day, the third XI entertained Aston Unity at Barrows Lane and secured maximum points with an 88-run victory, Josh Trinder taking centre stage with four for 16 from his ten overs.

 

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