Greneway end Hitchin’s proud home record
GRENEWAY S Year 6 cricket team ended Hitchin Boys School s unbeaten home record with an impressive team performance last week. Captain Toby Fynn won the toss for Greneway and decided to bat first, which eventually proved to be a good decision. The Royston
GRENEWAY'S Year 6 cricket team ended Hitchin Boys School's unbeaten home record with an impressive team performance last week.
Captain Toby Fynn won the toss for Greneway and decided to bat first, which eventually proved to be a good decision.
The Royston School started badly losing both their openers and another wicket shortly after.
Then vice captain Jamie Smith stepped up and immediatley set about the Hitchin attack, slamming four boundaries and forging a steady partnership with James Richardson.
He proceded to set about the Hitchin attack and slammed four boundaries in a pulsating fourth wicket partnership with the steady James Richardson. When Smith was finally bowled Greneway had moved onto 45-4.
Tom Heginbottom went to the crease and he too stroked two stylish off-side cover drive boundaries and helped the visitors move to 75 before he was finally bowled.
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Adam Monti joined Daniel Jinkerson for the last two overs and they took the final score to 84-5 with Jinkerson also hitting a superb boundary to give Greneway a score to bowl at.
Hitchin, protecting an unbeaten home record in this league going back to 1994, confident of getting the requisite runs were frightened to their core as Fynn ripped through the top order with some superb pace, line and length.
With Jack Beck firing at the other end the hosts were soon in trouble at 9-3.
Greneway then had chances to dominate the match, but proceded to undo their great work with four dropped catches and four missed run outs.
Neil Addison caused problems when on the off stump and took an impressive caught and bowled to halt Hitchin's resurgence at 41-4.
The next over saw Tom Heginbottom run out Evans to make it 41-5.
Then Hitchin batted well and steered their score to 70-6 before Beck clean bowled Thompson and the impressive wicketkeeper Smith and Beck then combined to run out Shultz to leave Hitchin 78-7.
In the final over the pressure was really on Monti.
The first two balls were "dot" balls. The third ball George Cooper took a good catch at mid-on to leave the hosts on 81-8 needing four to win off the last two balls.
Under immense pressure Monti bowled a wide (worth two runs and no extra ball).
Hitchin now needed two to win and one to tie. Monti bowled a good delivery and they ran.
The bowler narrowly missed the stumps with his throw - all tied on 84 runs!
The hosts had lost eight wickets and Greneway only five, so the visitors had broken the impressive, unbeaten home record in a nailbiting climax.