Follands v. Woodgreen Sat 8th June 2019
By Dave Naish
Nice to win- but oh so close!
Woodgreen 153 for 9 beat Follands 149 all out by 1 wicket - for first win of the season.
Woodgreen travelled to Hamble to play Follands in their Hampshire league division three south game on Saturday in showery conditions but the game went ahead with a reduction in overs to 40. Woodgreen won the toss and fielded and had the home side faltering at 17 for 3,with the normally prolific run scorer against Woodgreen Craig Proctor out for a duck! Woodgreen's opening bowlers,with a maximum of 8 per bowler instead of the usual 9, had Follands 27 for 3 after 16 overs with Jay (1 for 16 off 8) and Jason (2 for 8 off 8 with 6 maidens). The home side then staggered to 65 for 7 off 27 overs with only Steve Taylor (17) reaching double figures, one of those wickets included a brilliant direct hit run out by Edward - even without bails as they kept blowing off in the wind. Folland's tail wagged adding 84 runs in the last 12 overs, 36 for the 8th wicket between Mark Hannah (11) and Jack Warner (21) and 40 for the last wicket by Warner and Tarun Patel (22 not out), before the last wicket fell at 149 in the last over. Other wicket takers for Woodgreen were Jon (2 for 23 off 8), Skip Pete (2 for 40 from 8), Renners (1 for 14) and Edward (1 for 35).
Woodgreens reply lost their first wicket at 4 and the second at 25 before the innings was built around 3 solid scores, firstly Russell (31) was 3rd out at 42, then a 47 fourth wicket stand between Jon (25) and Renners (36) taking the score onto 89 for 4 from 23 overs but neither of them went onto score a match winning innings. At 137 for 5 and with only 13 runs needed a first win of the season looked on. However Proctor was brought back and he took 4 for 12 in his last four overs - 4 for 3 in final two to finish with 4 for 22 off 8. The score went from 137 for 5 to 145 for 9 with 5 overs to go and a defeat looked more likely. However up stepped Ankit who hit two fours in the first 3 balls of the 36th over to finally win by 1 wicket and Ankit to end on an unbeaten 30 at 153 for 9.
A welcome win which hope will lead to more wins in the future!