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Bronds denied in last-ball drama

PUBLISHED: 16:55 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

BRONDESBURY CC V EASTCOTE CC
BRON'D TOM SIMPSON

BRONDESBURY CC V EASTCOTE CC BRON'D TOM SIMPSON

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BRONDESBURY had to settle for a winning four-point draw after a thrilling finish to their Premier Division clash with Eastcote at Harman Drive on Saturday. Needing seven to win from the final two balls...

BRONDESBURY had to settle for a winning four-point draw after a thrilling finish to their Premier Division clash with Eastcote at Harman Drive on Saturday.

Needing seven to win from the final two balls, Bronds were celebrating when Liam Cunnah smashed a brilliant flat six from the penultimate delivery.

But their cheers were drowned out moments later when Cunnah, needing one to win from the last ball, was run out for 11 attempting a desperate single with Mark Lowrey.

That meant the scores were tied, and while Brondesbury took the four points due to a faster scoring rate, skipper John Fosbraey admitted it should have been all 10.

"We're pretty disappointed," said Fosbraey. "We wanted to win it and we probably should have done at the end although it was in the balance for the whole time.

"Once Liam had hit that six we thought that was it, but the field came in and there was always a chance of a run-out. we just needed them to be a bit more like Stuart Broad was for England against Holland, but they weren't!"

Brondesbury will be kicking themselves for not taking all the points after some quite brilliant displays from their new crop of young players, which made up for easy runs given away by the misfiring opening attack of Byron Vermaak and Irfan Ahmed.

Eastcote's Aussie opener Tom Scollay had been the main threat with a brisk 45, but after that Ajay Sangha took over.

The spinner, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Saturday with a first XI debut, will not forget the day in a hurry after taking 5-49 from 14 highly promising overs.

The visitors failed to build on their positive start, and eventually made slow progress to 194-6 from 52 overs, leaving Bronds 46 in reply in a game shortened by a late start due to overnight and early morning rain.

Brondesbury knew they needed a good start to their run chase, but when John Simpson nicked one behind and was back in the pavilion for just a single, they were immediately under pressure.

However, Tom Simpson was not so easy to dislodge and made steady progress on his way to a fine knock of 84 that took his side to the brink of victory.

He was well supported by another of Bronds' young recruits, 17-year-old Will Vanderspar, who showed exactly why he is getting rave reviews from the Middlesex academy with a classy innings of 55.

When he and then Simpson departed with four overs to go there were still 24 needed, and that became seven off the last as the tension mounted.

Cunnah's stunning six seemed to have swung the balance Brondesbury's way, but the last-ball run-out left them high and dry.

"It was great fun and a really good game of cricket, but one we can't help but feel we should have won that one," added Fosbraey.

"Ajay is a really exciting cricketer and bowled brilliantly and Will has so much talent, the way he batted was hard to believe for a 17-year-old. And there was a big improvement in our batting and that is a step in the right direction for the season.


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