Draw from the hands of defeat
Magners, john and President batted our way through 10 nervous overs to a draw
Will Westwood report:
With some dark clouds in the sky threatening the game we apprehensively approached the match that could bring 8 victories in a row. In truth I felt that this might be the normaliser and end that run.
We started in the field and all was well at the beginning. Some dropped catches off there best bat put Shackleford in the ascendancy and he ( S Owen ) a Kiwi went on to score a handsome 84. He was backed up by Mr F Straw who put together 41. At the point that we broke the partnership with a stunning slip catch from the Pres off Leo's bowling they were around the 140 mark for 2. We started making inroads and soon had a few more gone before Hooky dived to take the Kiwis wicket. They managed only 47 from there last 8 batsmen but the damage was done.
Shackleford 194 for 9
We needed a big innings from someone and with Jake and Rex making a good start we were hopeful. Jake went first for 19 and Rex was next with a good 10. Up stepped Cieran and with Leo it looked as if this could be the partnership. It wasn't quite with Cieran going first for 15. Leo looked good and although myself, Charlie and Finn could add only 6 runs he could still see us though and kept going.
Disaster, Leo fell, we had around 100 runs and it looked for all the world that we were done for.
Up stepped Magners and Edd with some 18 overs possible. Edd was still going for the win and having almost run down the entire length of the wicket to cream a six he narrowly missed it and was gone.
The win looked unlikely but Magners still played his natural game striking the ball to all parts. He was ably aided by Hooky who resisted manfully facing at least 8 overs before being given Lbw.
Up stepped the Pres with some 10 overs left and the hopes of all Mariners in his hands. He and Magners kept the strike turning and inch by inch we came closer to the improbable draw. No one could look away as the last few overs were played. Three shouts for lbw and a dropped catch shortened the lives of the watching masses It was the Pres who took on the last over and with almost nothing left in the tank he and Mags saw us through to the finest Mariner draw since the fabled Dunsfold one ( remember that Steve).
Special mention for Leo 5/47 and John , Mags and Pres.
Many thanks must go to Shackleford who were gentlemen throughout
8/0 on to toys. COYM.