Millers grind out third place in league

Cricket News.
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This match saw Burgh snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Lindum with both teams vying for third spot in a game which ended in high drama amidst the gathering darkness of a late September evening,

At first, all seemed well at 91 for 3 with the pair of Richard Hill and Paul Wilkinson starting to amass runs in some comfort.

However, the dismissal of Wilkinson (21) sparked a collapse in Burgh’s middle-order, one that would also claim Hill for a well-crafted 37.

Four overs of calamity left the home side precariously poised at 97 for 8, but fortune u-turned and remarkably Burgh would recover to 155 all out with just one over of their forty-five unused.

But on the cusp of twilight, Lindum began at the gallop, quickly reaching 69 for 1 after thirteen overs. Fate it seemed again favoured the visitors but her fickleness knows no limits and soon Burgh were back in the hunt, largely via an excellent twelve overs from Phil Sharp (4 for 27).

Reduced to 125 for 8 it was now Lindum’s back against the wall. But Lindum’s ninth-wicket pair of Brett and Begley dug in and began edging the visitor’s total closer to their target.

With just six runs needed, smart work by Burgh wicketkeeper Hill saw Brett stumped off the bowling of Pete Blackmore (3 for 29) paving the way for a dramatic finish.

Moments later an inattentive Begley was run out at the non-striker’s end only for the circumstances to lead Burgh sportingly to revoke their appeal. Then, with Lindum needing only two for victory, the umpires offered the light to the batsmen. Sportingly, Lindum opted to stay at the crease.

With the last of the light all but gone and automatic abandonment inevitable, Scott Underwood trapped Begley in front, up went umpire Dave Morris’s finger and, by the slenderest of margins, against the odds, Burgh had victory. Their best finish in years.