Thriplow hold their nerve

PUBLISHED: 11:28 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 11 May 2010

THRIPLOW survived a batting collapse to edge out Camden II, beating them by one wicket to record their third successive win. Having lost the toss, Thriplow were asked to take to the field, but they enjoyed an early success when Chris Viner picked up a wic

THRIPLOW survived a batting collapse to edge out Camden II, beating them by one wicket to record their third successive win.

Having lost the toss, Thriplow were asked to take to the field, but they enjoyed an early success when Chris Viner picked up a wicket in the first over.

Camden raced to 46 for 1 before Viner and Andy Morris shared four wickets in quick succession, reducing the score to 59 for 5. Although the home side then mounted a recovery of sorts, some tight bowling from young spinner Robert Craze, and captain Chris Neild, kept them in check.

And after Craze removed the dangerous Sutton for 53, the rest of the innings subsided meekly, to leave Camden all out for 170. Neild (4-49), and Viner (3-28) were the pick of the bowlers.

Viner was less successful with the bat, losing his wicket for just one run, but Peter Richer and Paul Staley batted magnificently, forming a century partnership and pushing the score onto 115 for 1.

At this stage it looked as though Thriplow were cruising to victory, but a spectacular batting collapse followed, with Richer the first to go, bowled for 55.

Three more quick wickets followed, before Staley's innings was ended when, on 73, he tried to hit across the line and was adjudged lbw.

When two more wickets fell, Thriplow were still 15 runs from their target and a nervous finish was guaranteed.

However, father and son duo Andy and Robert Craze saw them home with four balls to spare.

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