Baldock scrape in as skipper Jones takes charge
BALDOCK S Sunday team registered their first win of the season with a single-run victory against Crawley Green at Avenue Park. The hosts batted first and in steady fashion Rob Cant and Robin Watts put on a well-worked opening partnership, until Watts was
BALDOCK'S Sunday team registered their first win of the season with a single-run victory against Crawley Green at Avenue Park.
The hosts batted first and in steady fashion Rob Cant and Robin Watts put on a well-worked opening partnership, until Watts was dismissed for 11.
This seemed to have laid the foundations for a competitive score of about 140, but Crawley Green's accurate bowling pinned Baldock back, and when Cant was out for 30, the wickets tumbled to leave the home side on a meagre 115 all out off 39.5 overs.
Crawley got off to a terrible start, with Logan Newman removing both openers. However, Crawley began to take a slow hold and began to find the boundary.
The introduction of Pete Tily and Ben Diplock brought the innings to a halt, as runs dried up.
From 55-2 after 18 overs, Baldock bowled well and fielded even better.
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With the pressure building, Mark Lafferty and Newman then took a wicket apiece to leave the visitors on 108-9 with two overs left.
The penultimate over went for five, and this left Crawley two runs short of victory.
Stand-in skipper Alistair Jones took the ball, and despite conceding a single, had Hull caught by Ben Diplock to secure a superb one-run victory.
The Baldock bowlers were excellent, with the pick being Tily, who registered 2-16 from eight overs, and Newman, who clocked 3-12 off eight overs.