Everything is possible in cricket!

PUBLISHED: 15:18 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

There was a superb game of cricket played at Woodbury where the home side and Kilmington II tied the match with both scoring 71.

There was a superb game of cricket played at Woodbury where the home side and Kilmington II tied the match with both scoring 71.

The game was played in the soggiest of conditions and both skippers admitted post match that simply getting the ball off the square was something of a chore!

Kilmington batted first and limped to just 71 all out as Steve 'Chalky' White claimed 2-10 from 13 exceptionally accurate overs. Graham Watts top scored for the visitors with 15, two fewer than 'extras' accounted for. The only other batsmen to make any impression in the score book was Steve Morris with 10!

But, if the home side thought that getting 72 to win from the 50 overs available would be easy, they were wrong. First change bowler Alistair Smith sent down 14 overs and returned figures of 5-13 as the hosts were reduced 66-7 and then, with the last pair at the wicket, Darryl Stevens got a ball from Graham Watts that 'popped up'.

He got bat on ball but Wynn Wilmott, at short leg, flung himself full stretch to hold a stunning catch and leave the match 'tied'.

Woodbury skipper Kevin Miller said: "What a brilliant game. Batting was near impossible with any bowling targeted at off stump paying dividends as each ball seemed to do something different.

"Let's face it, when you are sat drinking your cuppa at tea time getting 72 from 300 deliveries does seem very straight forward, and perhaps it should have been, but that's why this sport is so special."

Opposite number Graham Watts agreed with Miller: "A cracking game, a pleasure to be involved in. We'll remember this game for some time!"

Uplyme IIs claimed the honours in their game with Feniton II, winning the match by 61 runs thanks to Dave Norman (37) and Mark Batey (30) who top scored in a total of 171-9, Ben Allen and Mike Salter both taking three wickets and then Pete Avery top scored with 29 as Feniton were bowled out for 110.

Upottery IIs' Dan Kennard (46) and Fred Drew (25) were the highest scorers in the side's 133-8 at a soggy Thorverton, who won by four wickets despite Drew's three wicket effort.

By Stephen Birley

2nd XI cricket

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