Worsbrough Bridge 275 for 6, Oughtibridge 255
(Mick Savage Trophy, first round)
A triple wicket maiden provided a remarkable finale to a superb game of cricket at Park Road.
Chasing a formidable Worsbrough Bridge total of 275 for six, Division One visitors Oughtibridge were left with the awesome task of scoring 21 runs in the final over to secure an unlikely victory.
However, they lost their last three wickets without adding to their total and the Briggers were left celebrating a stunning success.
It was Darren Hayes who provided the triple whammy to finish with five for 41 from his nine overs.
Facing a mammoth total Oughtibridge had come out fighting and they were given a great start by Joe Boyden (78) and skipper Matthew Tyers.
After the opening bowlers had finished their first spell, tight bowling from two unfamiliar sources in Alex Littlewood (9 overs for 32) and Scott Aranyi (9 overs for 44) slowed the scoring rate before Liam Hague returned to the attack to break the opening stand of 115 by claiming the important wicket of Tyers who was caught neatly behind by Joel Marsland for 44.
Oughtibrige continued to accumulate runs steadily but still required 110 from the last 10 overs.
The required run rate of 11 an over was nearly met for the next 8 overs after some big hitting from Benjamin Tyers (60) and they were left needing 29 to win from the last two overs.
Then a tight over from Richard Taylor went for just 8 runs leaving 21 to win from that dramatic final over.
Earlier Alan Littlewood had led from the front, he and Richard Taylor sharing an opening stand of 83 before Taylor fell for 41.
Reece Sellers then came to the crease with Littlewood on 39, and these two took the score to 110-1 at drinks.
A brilliant second wicket stand of 90 came to an unfortunate finish when Littlewood was given out lbw on 83 to receive a standing ovation on his return to the pavilion.
However, after dismissing one Littlewood, Oughtibridge were faced with aanother in the shape of Alex, who went on to finish with 37 not out.
Sellers fell into the spinner’s trap and was stumped on 41; Scott Aranyi hit a quickfire 38 at number six and Worsbrough closed their innings on 275-6.
Worsbrough will now travel to Norton Woodseats in the second round.