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We have not won in the Hampshire League since May, and now find ourselves firmly in the relegation zone. As chance would have it, the last three games are all against our neighbours jostling for position at the bottom of the table. Today we played Bransgore, who are bottom, and already doomed to relegation. Lose this, and we’d surely be joining them.
Henry won the toss and put them in. We bowled tight up top and kept the run rate well down, and they were only in the 40s at drinks. A lot of chances slipped through our fingers. There were five drops, six if you’re being harsh, two run outs not given, (one in particular looked very out) and a few LBWs that might have been given on another day. If things had gone differently they could have been all out for 60, but things didn’t go differently and that’s how it goes.
Chasing 162 we started steadily and were up with the rate most of the way. There was an 80 partnership with me and Henry after drinks and we looked set to cruise it, but both got out in quick succession and suddenly there were two new batsmen at the crease and it looked less simple. Tim and Hacon got in well and batted sensibly, steadily building a partnership that kept up with the rate. It got very tense in the last few overs until, with the scores level and with just three balls to go, Tim hit a six onto the pavilion roof to finish it in emphatic fashion.
It’s been so long we’d almost forgotten what a hard fought win feels like, and this was a win we sorely needed. They somehow feel better when you really need them.
Next week we (16th) travel to Christchurch (14th) and Hythe & Dibden (15th) play Lymington (13th). Regardless of who wins that game, if we beat Christchurch we’ll move clear of the relegation zone before our last game against Hythe & Dibden, which may yet prove decisive.