This was a truly thrilling match with it remaining uncertain who would win until the final ball. We won the toss and Matthew B opted to field first. Esaam bowled the first over and set the tone for the afternoon by restricting the Hurst openers to just a single. Both boys bowled impressively and after their four overs the batsmen had only added 7 runs. Ewan and James V then bowled and took the first wickets. In pairs cricket a wicket results in 5 runs being deducted so the fall of wickets meant that the Hurst total actually declined by 6! Sam R and Ronnie also bowled accurately but they were faced with some strong batsmen who moved the total along nicely. Matthew and Archie were next to bowl and during their spell the fielding was of a particularly high standard with several near misses when a direct hit would have resulted in run-outs. Wesley, Luke, Sam P and Ruari wrapped up the bowling for Copthorne which left Hurst on 147. Ruari and Sam P opened the batting and once they had settled started to expand their stroke play, but unfortunately we lost 3 wickets in a single over which put us some way behind the required run rate. Wesley and Luke batted next and put on 29 runs with Wesley hitting 14 from a single over. Matthew and Archie were pinned down by accurate bowling from Hurst during their overs and Sam R and Ronnie suffered the loss of two wickets in their first over. This left us looking extremely unlikely to reach the Hurst target. They persevered however and towards the end of their overs recovered some lost ground. Euan then formed a nice partnership with James, finishing strongly with 7 off their final over. Esaam and Nicholas were the last pair of batsmen to join the fray and they started well, moving Copthorne back into contention. Strong stroke play by Nicholas left the boys needing 10 runs off the last 10 balls. A third boundary from Nicholas moved us past the Hurst total but he was caught out off the next ball meaning that we were level on 147 with 2 balls remaining. Esaam took a clever single and then the boys saw out the final ball without taking any risks. The final score was 150 and a victory by just 3 runs.

Man of the match must go to Nicholas for steering us home with a strong batting performance but well done to all. A very exciting win!

HS