Egerton Park pipped by Newtown Linford in last ball thriller

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Newtown Linford scrambled a single off the last ball to beat Egerton Park in a thrilling match which saw 481 runs shared.

Earlier Egerton Park were asked to bat first and got off to a flyer with Rose in dismissive form, striking 34 off 29 balls.

But when he was caught going for his second successive six in the eighth over, with the score on 51, the hosts took control and runs became much harder to come by.

Tyler (34 not out) and Hussain (43) looked solid in defence, and after some uncharacteristic leg-side boundaries from Tyler he was a little too early on the pull and the ball found its way through the grill of the helmet.

With cuts to his nose and above his eye, Tyler was forced to retire hurt, the second Park batsman to do so in as many weeks.

With 140 on the board and 10 overs left, Park looked well short of a competitive total.

But Charlie Madden’s superb unbeaten 66 off only 35 balls, including seven sixes and three fours, helped Park add another 100 runs and post a respectable 240-5.

Panchal and Barnard bowled well in Linford’s reply, taking a wicket apiece as their opening spell yielded 49-2 from 12 overs.

In a similar pattern to the first innings, Watchorn and Blunt pegged Newtown back, leaving the hosts to score 112 off the last 12 overs with five wickets in hand.

Park changed the bowling as they looked to force victory, but excellent batting from Newtown skipper Nick Jelly (67 not out), supported by Jeff Saxby (50) got the home side back into the match.

Park were left to reflect on two missed chances and what might have been as 14 runs came off Joe Barnard’s last over, including a wide which went to the boundary and left Newtown needing six off the last over.

The hosts levelled on the penultimate ball, but suffered a run out as they attempted a winning second run.

With a new batsman on strike, the last ball hit the inside edge onto the pad. As the batsman tried to scramble the single, Jordan Woolcock’s throw to the bowler’s end looked destined for the stumps until the bowler tried to gather the ball and got in the way, allowing Newtown to edge home.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 34, G. Tyler 34* retd hurt, Z. Hussain 43, J. Blunt 6, B. Simons 18, C. Madden 66*, J. Bates 0, J. Woolcock 5, Extras 34. Total: 240-5.

Newtown Linford: 241-7.

Bowling: K. Panchal 11-0-55-2; J. Barnard 8-1-43-1; N. Watchorn 10-3-30-2; J. Blunt 9-1-50-1; Z. Hussain 4-0-29-0; J. Woolcock 3-0-32-0.