INCIDENT FILLED MATCH GOES TO OPPOSITION
By Eleanor Phillips
Ley Hill 229-1; Wooburn Narkovians 232-7
Skipper Green won the toss and decided to have a bat. Opener Ray McHugh saw his partner (Scott Peterson) walking back to the pavilion in only the second over, but was then joined at the crease by Brad Norton. They stayed there for the remainder of the innings with McHugh carrying his bat and made a second wicket stand of 221 – which included 92 not out for McHugh and 120 not out for Norton. We congratulate both of them – but particularly McHugh who tells us he is 62 years old. Bowler George Taylor came on for WN in the 11th over. He bowled a wide, two no-balls and then retired hurt – the over being completed by another bowler. McHugh’s innings included 15 fours and Norton’s included 15 fours and 3 sixes. The only successful bowler for WN was A. Lamming who took the wicket of the luckless Peterson.
WN opened their innings with clear intent that they were going for the runs and took Geoff Sussum for a rapid 27 runs off his first bowling spell of 4 overs. At the other end, nephew Henry Sussum bowled very tightly and restricted the runs off his bowling to a meagre 13 from 5 overs which included 3 maidens. Unfortunately he left the field at drinks with a hand injury, his parents having decided a visit to A&E would be prudent. This left Green with only 10 men and the situation wasn’t improved when Ross James was asked to come off after bowling three beamers. WN were probably disappointed as they were finding his bowling particularly attractive, taking 52 runs off his 5 overs, although James did retaliate by taking 3 wickets! With Henry Sussum gone to hospital, Green was having problems and WN took full advantage, taking a further 36 runs from Geoff Sussum’s second spell of 2.3 overs and 18 runs from the sole over bowled by his other nephew Brian. It was no surprise when WN scored the winning runs with 3 balls of the match in hand. Commiserations to batsman T. Wright who ended up on 99 not out (should have hit that last 4 for a 6!) and was the best of the WN batsmen. Best bowling figures for Ley Hill of 3 for 53 came from James but his economy rate of 10.6 per over hadn’t helped Ley Hill’s cause. Well done, however, to Ley Hill wicket keeper James Lagdon who took 4 catches in this match.
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