Another last over loss for the Twenty20 Cricket Academy "A"s
A great game for the neutrals at Graburn Way yesterday as East Molesey snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a 1 wicket win with just 3 balls remaining.
Twenty20 Cricket Academy won the toss and chose to bat. Joe Barker was beaten for pace by former Academy member Josh Huxtable in the 3rd over and the Academy struggled to get away some accurate bowling.
Sam Partridge departed for a scratchy 8 off 23 balls, to another former Academy player left arm spinner Chand Dodhia and at 29-2 off 10 overs it was looking like a low score was in the offing.
Bhuv Chopra briefly upped the run rate before needlessly holing out on the mid wicket boundary before Alex Yates uncharacteristically played a loose shot leaving the Academy 59-4 in the 18th over.
Rafe Worsfold and Nathan Jones provided some mid innings momentum but it was Jones's third consecutive Academy half-century - 58 off just 40 balls - which provided the impetus joining Taha Suleman (40 off 43 balls) to put on a 6th wicket partnership of 78 in quick time before both fell in quick succession.
The Academy ended with a creditable par score of 200 off their 40 overs.
In reply Suleman took an early wicket but a partnership of 106 for the second wicket between Matthew Moffatt and Toby Crowther looked to be taking the game well out of the Academy's hands.
However, a flurry of wickets took the home team from a comfortable 116-1 off 24 overs to 172-8 off 34. That became 192-9 in the 37th over as it came down to the last over and 5 to win. Huxtable showed great composure, ably supported by number 11 Sam Rocca to take East Molesey over the line.
Sam Partridge once again bowled well taking 4-30 but early dropped catches arguably cost the Academy the game.