Town lose with last ball of game

Town lose with last ball of game

Town lose with last ball of game

First published in Sport

ST Helens Town’s latest confrontation was away to Old Xaverians. The home side batted and after losing their first wicket with only 4 on the board, they batted positively with the second wicket falling at 91.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals and, at one time, a total of less than 200 looked likely but a 9th wicket stand of 50 took them to a total of 241 for 9 after 54.1 overs with their run machine Ian Carroll top-scoring with 69. For Town, veteran Gary Freeman, making his first appearance since 2012, took 4 for 42.

In reply, Town lost early wickets, slipping to 60 for 4 but a stand of 53 between Josh Davies and stand-in captain, Steve Garvey, took the score to 113 for 5. Steve Martindale, batting with great style, then got Town to 232 for 8 with two overs left.

An umpiring decision then controversially stopped Town’s progress with Martindale given out stumped for 84 (13 4’s & 4 6’s); baffling the batsmen and providing Old Xavs, unfairly, with an opening. Town ultimately lost their last wicket off the last ball of the match with the score on 234; giving a win and 25 points to the home side.

Town came away with 9 points which keeps them on top of the league.

Entertaining Leigh 2nds at Ruskin Drive, Town’s 2nds were put in. When Dean McNicholas was caught & bowled by Nikhil Bahl, they were 5 down with the score on 69: then in stepped Sri Lankan Deshan Wijisekera (103 not out) who kept his wicket through to the end, enabling captain David W Platt, to declare on 218 with 2 wickets intact.

Losing early wickets, Leigh persevered to 102 all out. Leading wicket takers were D W Platt (5 for 27 off 6.1), Dave Gregson (4 for 44 off 10).

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