||Result: Lost by 6 wkts
||Welney Croft: 156 (38.4 oves)
||Leverington: 157-4 (40 overs)
LAST BALL DEFEAT
Having won the captains toss, John Loveday decided to bat first, with late afternoons light being a possible problem. Stephen Kent (11) and Steve Saberton (9) got Croft off to a reasonable start – 27 for the 1st wicket.
Neil Parkinson, batting at No.4 was the mainstay of the innings scoring 37 in 85 minutes and was ably supported by Paul Kaminski (15 in 31 mins) and Dennis Birch (32 in 35 mins).
Ashley Inwood added valuable runs and was left unbeaten as the tail collapsed very quickly- all out in the 39th over for 156.
Neil Parkinson 37 (3 x 4’s)
Dennis Birch 32 (5 x 4’s)
Paul Kaminski 15 (2 x 4’s)
Stephen Kent 11 (1 x 4)
Ashley Inwood 11 (2 x 4’s)
After the tea interval openers Simon Bailey (24) and John Gill (22) started well adding 43 for the first wicket stand. The match winner proved to be No.3 bat James Carter (52 n.o) whose unbeaten half–century was the clinching factor in this tight match.
After 20 overs, at the half way stage, the visitors score stood at 55, another 102 being needed at a rate of approximately 5 per over.
It proved to be a nail biting finish with Leverington needing a single on the very last ball, but it has to be said Croft were responsible for their own failure, 2 overs costing 29 runs and 14 wides being bowled.
It was left for Steve Revett to have the unenviable task of bowling the last over with only 3 runs needed – Leverington had drawn level after 3 balls, James Carter then played 2 balls away leaving a single required off the last ball and this he achieved.
A thrilling finish, although the visitors had wickets in hand Croft had let the match slip away.
Team - John Loveday (captain), Neil Parkinson, Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent,
Steve Saberton, Paul Kaminiski, John Dale, Dennis Birch, Steve Revett,
Ashley Inwood & Jon Norman.