1st XI creep over the line in tense thriller

This was a match that ended with Sunbury winning by just 2 wickets after Wimbledon who had batted poorly to register a modest 153 battled back to reduce Sunbury from 120-2 to 140-8, before quickie Kevin Smith struck a six and a four in successive balls to see Sunbury win what ended as a very tense battle.

Wimbledon batting first got off to what seemed a comfortable enough start when they had 31 on the board in just the sixth over but what can only be described as a really poor end-of-term effort saw them collapse to 87-7 in just 20 overs. Sunbury’s bowlers held the upper hand as Ishy Sohi, with 2 wickets and Kevin Smith with 1 started the rout and when Adam Stanier with a further 3 wickets and Amar Virdi with 1 replaced Smith and Sohi they simply carried on the stranglehold as the Wimbledon collapse continued. The one thing the Sunbury bowlers have failed to do in recent weeks is to finish off opponents ‘on the rocks’ and so it proved again as the visitors
‘s number nine Niall Solomon held firm and his dogged 44 not out with support from the tail enabled Wimbledon to finally total 153. Pick of the bowlers were Sohi who ended with 3-35 and Stanier 3-36 whilst Virdi picked up 2-23 and Adam London picked up 2 more catches and 2 stumpings behing the wicket

Sunbury started well enough when Sean Ventham deposited the Surrey 2s seriously quick opening bowler Matthew Pillans into the Kenton Avenue gardens in the first couple of overs with a brace of massive sixes and he added two more boundaries before his brief cameo came to an end on 21 as the first wicket went down with 28 on the board in just the fourth over. Out of form Sam Burgess then joined Adam London and against a good Wimbledon attack they went about things in a much more circumspect manner before Burgess (32) with 6 fours was dismissed with the score on 94. London was beginning to look more in command after a cautious start but there was very little support from the other end and although he went to yet another half-century wickets fell far too regularly as yet again the middle order collapsed that saw Sunbury reduced to 140-8.

It was certainly a tense last 4 overs as Wimbledon thought they were in with a chance of victory before the 2 boundaries that Smith struck got Sunbury the win that keeps them on top of the table. London ended with 66 not out with 11 fours but the fact that six batsmen failed to get into double figures was a worrying feature for the injured skipper John Maunders who along with a good crowd were relieved when victory came.

With Reigate Priory losing at Weybridge, Sunbury’s lead at the top of the table has increased to 15 points but another tough game beckons on Saturday as Sunbury travel to Normandy in another match they would hope to win.

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