Final over heartbreak for Wembdon

This is The West Country: IAN Blackwell scored 35 at the top of the order IAN Blackwell scored 35 at the top of the order

WEPL Bristol & Somerset

Wembdon 150 lost to Old Bristolians Westbury 151-8 by two wickets

A BOUNDARY from the penultimate ball of the match condemned Wembdon to a heartbreaking final over defeat to Old Bristolians Westbury on Saturday.

Needing eight from the final over, the away side managed four from the first four balls, before a well-struck drive just beat the outstretched dive of a Wembdon fielder on the long-off boundary to send the hosts to their fifth defeat of the season.

On winning the toss Wembdon elected to bat first and the new look opening partnership of Gower (26) and Blackwell (35) got Wembdon off to a strong start, punishing the bad ball. The pair shared a stand of 53 for the first wicket off 9 overs.

Gower first went caught mistiming a pull shot - but Lott and Blackwell added another 32 for the second wicket before an all familiar collapse took Wembdon from 85-2 off 14 overs, to 88-5 from 21. Debutant Bowditch helped stem the flow of wickets and Trunks played with freedom for a quick fire 26.

Phillips chipped in with patient 18 but he was the final Wembdon wicket to fall as they were dismissed for 150 with 10 overs to spare.

Early wickets would be key and Wembdon had a 10 over spell before taking tea. Bingham, opening the bowling, got Wembdon off to best possible start picking up first wicket in the opening over. Bingham then cleaned bowled Baker in his second over and OBW'S were 13-2 from three overs, but reached 49-2 at tea.

A rejuvenated Wembdon came out firing after tea the introduction of Blackwell kept the run rate down as he dismissed dangerous young overseas opener Leaver for 18.

A good catch by Trunks off Blackwell brought about another quick wicket and Bingham cleaned bowled Tavare at the other end to leave OBWs now 68-5.

With two overs remaining OBWs needed 20 to win, but just as the game looked to be heading Wembdon’s way, the tail blasted 12 off the penultimate over, before the events of the final over sealed a dramatic result.

Wembdon travel to Knowle this weekend.

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