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Stone finish season with thrilling defeat at OGs

A spectacular collapse saw Hardingstone 1sts lose six wickets for 17 runs as they lost a thrilling end of season contest against Wellingborough OGs 2nds.
Despite some excellent tight bowling from OGs, Stone seemed to be on course to safely chase down the home side’s below par 133 last Saturday.
Steve Coles (59) and Ian Roberts (35) had looked to be steering the Division 9 champions to victory at 103-3.
But when Lekhan Trivedi bowled Coles, it sparked the loss of six wickets quicker than Hammer can down a pint.

The collapse included two golden ducks and the loss of the in-form Roberts to leave HCC reeling on 120-9.
Ben Mellor (11) and stand-in skipper Craig Lewis added 12 for the last wicket to bring the visitors within a spit of turning things round.
The task was beyond them though and with two runs needed to win and the same number of balls remaining in the game, Mellor tried to push a single but only managed to push himself out of the crease.
The ball was cleanly taken by OGs keeper Michael Ward, who completed the stumping to give his side a stunning victory.

When I said Hardingstone’s collapse was rapid…

Jack shows off the sort of form that prepared him for Saturday’s game

The bowler and OGs captain Matthew Ward celebrated a win that had seemed unlikely after his team were dismissed for 133 on an excellent Memorial Sports Field pitch, which was let down by the batting it saw on the day.
Having won the toss, Ward had elected to bat first on a wicket which suggested a score of 200-250 was likely.
OGs opening pair Paul Bates and Martin Jarvis (39) started well, adding a useful 48 for the first wicket.
Going was always steady though and when Lewis entered the attack, OGs needed to go for their shots.
The tactic failed as he removed both openers, before rattling through the middle order to finish with 6-37.
Matthew Ward made what would prove to be a vital 27 to give his side something to defend.
And OGs were immediately back in the game when both Lee Bennet and Jack Larkin were removed for ducks.
When James “Buttons” Hall perished for just 7, Stone had been reduced to 21-3.
That brought Coles, completing a half century on his first knock for the club, and Robbo to the wicket.
Scoring steadily at first, the pair were eventually able to get ahead of the run rate as they added 83 for the fourth wicket.
With runs starting to come more easily it looked as if the game was in the bag.
OGs had other ideas though and the rest is history.

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League table

The 2nd XI finished the season with defeat at Wootton against St Michaels (74) Bugbrooke 2nds.
Batting first having won the toss, Stone could only muster a disappointing 162 all out, despite a half century by Alex Piper.
Bugbrooke knocked off the required runs with three wickets in hand despite a good bowling effort from the 2s.

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League table