Abington openers pile on the agony

PUBLISHED: 19:07 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 11 May 2010

ANDREW WOOLLEY in action for Thriplow on Saturday. 3056DW029

ANDREW WOOLLEY in action for Thriplow on Saturday. 3056DW029

ON an overcast and blustery day Thriplow seconds encountered some breezy batting from a strong Abington seconds side and found themselves blown away, succumbing to a 63-run defeat and failing to take a wicket in the process. Thriplow s opening bowling pa

ON an overcast and blustery day Thriplow seconds encountered some breezy batting from a strong Abington seconds side and found themselves blown away, succumbing to a 63-run defeat and failing to take a wicket in the process.

Thriplow's opening bowling pair of Ali King and Nathan Sugden bowled well but struggled for any early movement, and the Abington batsmen slowly began to assert themselves with a number of impressive shot selections.

The defining moment of the game came from the bowling of King, who lured Randall into an airy off drive which crucially slipped out of, rather than into, the hands of Tom Care at mid off.

Chances from this point were few and far between and the Abington pair recorded an unbeaten stand of 225 in their allotted 40 overs, with Randall 121 not out and Godsmark 86 not out.

The home side felt that the target set could well be achievable with a fast outfield, short boundaries and a reliable surface.

But they lost star batsmen Carr for 6 with the score on 17.

Captain Dabnor (24) steadied the ship briefly, but his fall was quickly followed by the dismissal of opener Walker (28), which triggered a batting collapse to leave Thriplow reeling at 75 for 5.

Andrew Woolley hit a career-best 17, as Thriplow limped to 162 for 8.

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