Thriplow suffer relegation

Thriplow 160 all out Barrington 175 all out Barrington won by 15 runs THRIPLOW lost their Division One status after they failed to overcome a spirited Barrington side on the last day of the season. Winning the toss Thriplow hoped early wickets would expos

Thriplow 160 all out

Barrington 175 all out

Barrington won by 15 runs

THRIPLOW lost their Division One status after they failed to overcome a spirited Barrington side on the last day of the season.

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Winning the toss Thriplow hoped early wickets would expose the soft underbelly of the home side's batting and although the latter certainly turned out to be the case, it was the lack of the former that proved the problem - and the difference between success and failure.

Morris and Woolley toiled valiantly but edges were nicked past catchers and/or stumps and lofted shots fell in no-man's land. With lady luck on their side, Ferrari and Jarman were able to take the score up to 101 before Jarman (45) lofted a cut shot to Martin Craze on the point boundary.

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The remaining wickets tumbled for a paltry 74 as William Russell snaffled three sharp catches.

He was assisted by Craze and Chris Viner as Thriplow reeled the game back in over the final 20 overs.

Skipper Neild nabbed 4-19 and was supported by Woolley, Tom Staley and Robert Craze, who each took two wickets, as Barrington finished on 175.

Theo Giasemidis (4) finished his season in unfortunate fashion as he was undone by a shooter and when Paul Staley (9) was adjudged lbw to M Douglas it was looking bleak.

Martin Craze and Russell put their heads down and were starting to look in control at the drinks break but on the first ball after Douglas craftily slipped in a long hop which Russell (33) gratefully launched into but top edged to deep square leg.

Tom Staley then showed his recent form was no flash in the pan as he helped Craze add a further 44 runs but the run rate continued to creep up, and when Craze (43) looked to clear mid-off and failed with him went most of Thriplow's hopes.

The lower order, experienced on paper but low on confidence, couldn't keep up with Staley's efforts as Viner (1), Andy Craze (15) and Chris Neild (0) all fell and when Staley was also bowled for an excellent 38, it looked to be all over.

Although Woolley (4) and Robert Craze (5no) hit lustily, Andy Morris failed to beat the throw when coming back for a second on the last ball of the penultimate over and Thriplow were all out for 160, 15 runs short of survival.

Thriplow II 130 all out

Godolphin 196 all out

Godolphin won by 66 runs

THRIPLOW II were disappointed to lose to Godolphin on Saturday after producing a spirited display against the runaway league leaders.

After inserting the away team Godolphin were able to produce an opening stand which ultimately gave them the basis to win the game.

Although Care (1-44) and Deed (2-48) bowled well they were unable to make the breakthrough which only came with the arrival of Martin Dabnor (3-47) and Oli Richer (4-45).

Godolphin had enjoyed the pace put on the ball by Thriplow's opening bowlers, however scoring runs became a different prospect thereafter and although the away team were well placed at 96-1 after 20 overs, they soon found themselves at the mercy of some immaculate outfielding by Thriplow.

Martin Dabnor, Sam Jones and Daniel Tinkler all took excellent catches in the outfield to maintain a constant stream of wickets which ensured Godolphin were bowled for 196.

Thriplow's batsmen advanced the score to 36-0 before they were dealt a mortal blow by Irshad (3-12), who took a hat-trick to remove M Richer (10), Dabnor (1) and O Richer (0).

At 40-3 Thriplow looked well behind before Walker and Carr took the score to 80-3 but just as the home team dared to dream Walker (34) slashed a drive to point and Thriplow were unable to create any more meaningful partnerships.

Carr was the last man out for 53, his half century hinting perhaps at a missed opportunity as Thriplow were bowled out for 130.

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