Worlington victory goes down to the final ball in thrilling game

HIGH SCORER: Worlington's Jimmy Watson scored 59 runs during Saturday's narrow win against Witham

HIGH SCORER: Worlington's Jimmy Watson scored 59 runs during Saturday's narrow win against Witham

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Worlington 210 beat

Witham 209-7 by one run

Worlington made it three wins from their last four games to see off in-form Witham by one solitary run in an entertaining encounter at the weekend.

The hosts opened with a first-wicket stand of 45 runs before Richard Ford departed for 19 runs from the bowling of Paul Bellhewe (2-37).

Chris Baugh (22) was trapped for LBW shortly after as Worlington slipped to 55-2, with a half century from Jimmy Watson (59) restoring the home side’s hopes of recording back-to-back wins.

Colin Thompson added 44 runs to the total, before Sam Cooper (2-44) picked off the remaining Worlington wickets to give Witham an extra two overs for their run chase.

Nathan Twiddy got the visitors off to a flying start with a six, but Nathan Twiddy (2-32) had the final say as he dismissed the Witham opener for 15 runs.

Twiddy claimed the wicket of both opening batsmen, with Kaan Hawes going for just 11 runs, before a run out restricted the visitors to 37-3.

Ziaf Kulasi (3-43) struck twice in one over to take the wickets of Richard Green (13) and James Suett (zero), as Witham fell to 78-5.

However Leroy Facey (107 no) fought back for the visitors to bring up his century heading into the final over.

It was Watson who had the task of bowling the final over, and as Facey got himself on strike for the final ball, Witham required four runs to secure the win.

But Facey could only muster two runs as Worlington finished victorious by a single run and climb up to fifth in the Division One table.

n Worlington booked their place in the regional final of the Davidstow National Village Cup, following a third round victory away at Belhus.

Baugh (131) and Graham Ford (56) put together a third-wicket stand of 192 runs to help Worlington finish on 258-4 after 40 overs.

Belhus finished 29 runs adrift on 229 as Watson (3-57) ensured the visitors set up a regional final at home to Bentley a week on Sunday.