28/08/18: Raymarine v Chidham & Hambrook CC
Chidham players running late and were allowed to bat first
Chidham 106-9 (20 overs)
Raymarine 105-5 (20 overs)
Chidham won by 1 run
Chidham & Hambrook recorded a momentous one run victory at Bedhampton on Tuesday evening against all the odds.
With the home side requiring just seven runs to win off the last over the pressure was on Hawk's bowler Vinnie Smith who had already suffered a golden duck, a dropped catch and been smashed for 16 runs on his previous over. He kept his nerve though restricting Raymarine to 4 runs from the first 4 balls, taking a wicket with the fifth and bowling a dot ball with the very last spin of the game.
With numerous Hawks players running late, the home side kindly let the Hawks bat first but things didn't start off two well with Van Niekerk (0), Wild (7), Phizackerley (2) and Davey (3) all going cheaply (3 wickets for Austin). However, opener Adam Selves reached 17 before being bowled by Goulding on 17 runs and Ben Gottesman reached 25 runs (retired) with Johnny Maynard also nearly making retirement before being bowled by Bennet on 24 runs. Johnny's dad also enjoyed his time at the crease alongside his son and reached 7 runs before being bowled by the same player and Burt made 8 run before being stumped. Smith went for a golden duck and Steve Clark made one late run to leave the Hawks on 106-9.
Gottesman and Phizackerley opened the bowling for the Hawks and game was certainly swinging in their favour after both players took a wicket in their 4 over spells (one maiden for Ben) and restricted the home side to 28 runs. Adam Selves also took a wicket for just 12 runs during his 4 overs but the home side started to get an edge when hitting Van Niekerk for 30 runs from his 3 overs and surviving five dropped catch attempts from the Hawks field. Vinnie Smith joined the attack with Johnny Maynard and both players only gave away 5 runs in the first overs but then Smith was smashed for 16 to set up a nerve racking finale.
It was a great all round team performance by the Hawks and their fifth win on the trot - they certainly earnt their bottles of beer which followed the game in the Bedhampton clubhouse.
Man of the Match: Ben Gottesman (1 wicket and 25 not out) - special mention to Clarky who was outstanding behind the stumps!