04:00PM, Wednesday 10 July 2019
Boyne Hill slipped to second in the Thames Valley Cricket league Division 1 after their draw with fellow title-chasers Cove on Saturday.
On a difficult wicket for batting, Hill fell just 14 runs short of chasing down their hosts Cove, but with conditions making life difficult for the batsmen Hill captain Ollie Clayson was happy to come out of the game with something.
“It was a pretty flat wicket,” said Clayson.
“It looked flat from the offset and it proved hard to bat on
“There was nothing in it for the bowlers, it was hard work.”
Cove’s total of 181 looked ripe for the picking and Hill looked well on their way to chasing down their hosts after their steady 97-3 start.
But a collapse threatened to undo their hard work as they lost four wickets for a return of just four runs.
“It was a little touch and go,” admitted Clayson.
“We had to bat deep and Simon Carter, our wicket keeper played a legendary knock of 60 and it was game on again.”
Carter’s knock allowed Hill to accelerate their run total, but needing 16 off four overs the visitors just could not get over the line for the win, as Clayson described it as ‘just a bit too much of an ask’ in the end.
Boyne Hill sit second in the table ahead of their trip to Hayes on Saturday.
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