Clyst St George edged out in close contest with Countess Wear

PUBLISHED: 07:06 27 June 2018

Clyst St George 2nd XI players celebrate a wicket during their narrow defeat at Bradninch. Picture  CHRIS DEAN

Clyst St George 2nd XI players celebrate a wicket during their narrow defeat at Bradninch. Picture CHRIS DEAN


Clyst St George were edged out by the smallest of margins, beaten by two runs in their Bohea Field meeting with Countess Wear.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. They made their way confidently to 36 when Bertie Cree made the breakthrough aided by a catch held by Adam Ykhlef. The next pair took Countess Wear on to 75 when home skipper Harry Attwater got his first wicket thanks to a catch held by Sam Read.

Two quick wickets – a leg before decision in favour of Sam Read and an Attwater inspired run out – left the opening innings on 88-4.They got to 125 when the fifth wicket fell, this one falling to a clean bowled effort by Dan Kendall.

Kendall struck again, holding a catch off his own bowling to leave Countess Wear six down with 144 runs on the board. When Kendall bagged a third wicket, courtesy of a Ykhlef catch, the visiting side were a troubled 157-7. The eighth wicket added 30 before an Attwater catch gave Olie Chatterjee his first wicket and Chatterjee struck twice more to finish with three wickets, but the visitors’ tail wagged sufficiently to see the side to 228 all out after 37 overs.

Chatterjee finished with figures of 3-20 from 4.5 overs and the Kendall return was 3-39 from four overs.

The Clyst St George run chase was launched by Chris Ferro and Freddie Creer and they had put on 64 when Creer was caught for 40. Dan Kendall joined Ferro and the pair took the reply to 87 when Ferro perished on 25.

Sam Read (5) and Simon Burrell (2), fell cheaply to leave Clyst St George on 117-4 and, when Steve Bourke was caught and bowled having scored 10, the chase was wobbling on 132-5. Just two runs were added when Andrew Donovan became the sixth wicket, caught for one. The seven wicket partnership saw 29 added before the end came to a splendid Dan Kendall innings – he was bowled having scored 51.

Seven down for 163 runs became 192-8 after the loss of skipper Attwater, who was run out for 18. The ninth wicket saw 26 added as Adam Yklef and Oli Chatterjee edged their side close to victory. However, with the winning line just 12 runs away Tkhlef was bowled for 22.

Last man Bertie Creer joined Chaterjee and they continued to nudge the hosts towards victory, but, a single blow from success, Chatterjee was bowled off the penultimate delivery of the game and Clyst St George were all out for 226 to lose a thrilling contest by two runs.

The defeat, a sixth in eight D Division East games, leaves Clyst St George just two places and six points above the bottom two berths.

This Saturday (June 30), the league season reaches its halfway point and Clyst St George visit a North Devon 2nd XI side that sits just one place and two points above them in the table.

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