Winning display could be team's last
Cranmore 3rd XI 141 South Petherton 2nd XI 114 (Cranmore won by 27 runs)
IN what could prove to be their last-ever game, having been unable to field a team for the past three weeks due to extensive call-ups from the first and second teams, Cranmore 3rd XI wrapped up the season with a spirited victory against promotion hopefuls South Petherton.
Having been asked to bat first, opening Cranmore pair Nick White (19) and Richie Stone (8) made the most of the late arrival of three Petherton players – including their opening bowler – by putting on 49 before White was removed by K White (3-15).
The star of the innings, however, was Pedro Nelson (62), whose classy knock included three sixes in a single over to bring up his half-century.
Although Toby Elliott (10) got off to a decent start, the rest of the Cranmore order struggled. Slow bowler G Salter (5-69) was the biggest danger and T Davis (2-5) finished off the innings with Cranmore on 141.
The reply started well for Cranmore when Dave Hall (1-22) bowled G Wookey (3) with the first ball of the second over.
With a relatively meager total, the game seemed to be slipping away from Cranmore as D Brooks (25) and R White (26) put on 52 for the second wicket.
However, both fell to the bowling of Stone, who went on to take five wickets with a dangerous spell of in-swing bowling. Youngster Jack Robson (1-26) also picked up crucial wickets, bowling S Palmer (2) and producing an excellent run out to dismiss the dangerous K White (19).
G Salter (15no) batted solidly to take the visitors to within 30 runs of victory but Cranmore held their nerve as Alan Stone (1-9) and Taylor Angel (1-30) picked up the final wickets to clinch a hard-fought win.