Southend leave it late for victory

The best match last week in the indoor cricket league was between Emergency Service and Southend, with the latter winning with just two balls remaining. The other games saw Services blow away Lerwick B and Bressay Light defeat Thunderbirds.

Bressay Light 129 for 3
Thunderbirds 104 for 3

Bressay batted first and lost an early wicket with Michael Boxwell run out for five. The next batsman in was Steven Morgan and both he and Chris Regan ran well between the wickets, both retiring on 25 not out. Stuart Fox went into bat and he scored quickly and retired on 29 not out.

Thunderbirds took a couple of late wickets, but that brought Regan and Morgan back to the crease and they continued to score quickly with Regan finishing on 39 not out and Morgan on 33 not out. Bressay racked up an impressive total of 129 for three.

The Thunderbirds innings started off at a steady pace, but they soon lost their first wicket with Asif Mohammad being stumped by Boxwell off the bowling of Derrick Bradley. They were now starting to score quickly, with Craig Jenkins making a fine 28, but the remaining batsmen could not keep up with the required run rate and they came up short.

Emergency Services 108 for 1
Lerwick B 82 all out

Emergency Services started in an aggressive manner with openers Neville Davis and Peter Smith both retiring on 25 not out. Dylan Murphy was next in and he retired on 26 not out.

Lerwick B eventually took their first and only wicket with the final ball of the innings with Paul Govier run out for six.

Lerwick B’s innings started in disastrous fashion with both Paul Hargreaves and Richard Davis being bowled by Govier with the total on just one. Dave Holliday and Robbie Simpson started the recovery as they put on 48 for the third wicket until Simpson was run out for 15. Holliday was the final man out for a fine 34, Govier finishing with impressive figures of three for seven.

Emergency Services 76 for 3
Southend 77 for 4

Emergency Services got off to a bad start, losing a wicket off the third ball with Neville Davis caught off the bowling of Darren Hitchin for just two. Peter Smith was the only batsmen to get to grips with the bowling and he finished on 25 not out.

Southend got off to a steady start but their downfall was their running between the wickets as they lost their first three wickets to run outs. The match came down to the final over with Southend needing four to win. Steve Lamb was dropped off the third ball which would have given Services the win, but the next ball went for three and Southend had a nail-biting victory.

The player of the week was Chris Regan for his fine innings of 39 not out.


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