Double celebration for champs Thriplow
THERE was double success for Thriplow on Saturday as they hammered Cherry Hinton, and their second team won promotion without bowling a ball. With Mill Green s game falling victim to the weather, Thriplow II confirmed their promotion from Cambridgeshire J
THERE was double success for Thriplow on Saturday as they hammered Cherry Hinton, and their second team won promotion without bowling a ball.
With Mill Green's game falling victim to the weather, Thriplow II confirmed their promotion from Cambridgeshire Junior League Division Three South A.
For them glory also beckons ,as an equal or better result than Abingdon II on Saturday will see them crowned champions.
Meanwhile, Thriplow's first team showed their ruthless streak as they demolished already relegated Cherry Hinton at the Cricket Meadow.
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Despite the overnight rain, the Thriplow track was playable, but the Cherries were understandably concerned when they were inserted.
However, the first damage was entirely self-inflicted, as off the third ball of the innings Martyn Livermore attempted a sharp second despite the ball being in Chris Viner's hand. Despite the throw being somewhat mediocre, Livermore was well short.
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When Andy Morris yorked skipper Monk in his first over the writing was on the wall.
Two games then developed. At one end Nigel Morris (7-0-31-0) was cheerfully driven and cut for a succession of boundaries by Derrington and James, while at the other end brother Andy (6-2-6-1) was tightness itself.
At 39-2, Chris Viner then took over and enticed James (13) to nick one to Dickon Turner at slip and then followed this up by bowling Glover and Harris.
Derrington (29) skied Matt Ayre to Chris Neild, who raised his caught/drop ratio to one in three by confidently calling and taking the catch.
Turner's 3-0 put him neck and neck with son Richie for total wickets for the season and explained the uncharacteristically enthusiastic dive for his second catch.
Viner ended with 3-4 as the Cherries faded to a dismal 54 all out.
Thriplow's openers, Staley and Ayre started steadily. The Staley reverse sweep was once again in evidence, surprisingly not leading to his immediate downfall as it has most of the time this season though.
However although he smote one long straight six, he was upstaged by Ayre who smashed five fours and rather unfairly, a flat batted six over point off young Singh. Thriplow cantered home in the 11th over with Staley (15 not out) and Ayre unbeaten on 38 not being troubled.
With title rivals Camden II falling to a surprise defeat at Balsham, this means the showdown between the two top teams next week has swung decisively in Thriplow's favour, as they need only to gain three points from the match to be champions.