Winning draw for Lea Park II in thriller

Lea Park CC.  Back l/r Ashley Page, Andrew Slater, Matt Housham, Chris Needham, Andy Orton and Michael Overson.  Front l/r Will Birkett, Lee Mardle, Andy Dewick, Scott Woolley and Ed Cooke.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Lea Park CC. Back l/r Ashley Page, Andrew Slater, Matt Housham, Chris Needham, Andy Orton and Michael Overson. Front l/r Will Birkett, Lee Mardle, Andy Dewick, Scott Woolley and Ed Cooke. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Lea Park II and Cuckney IV served up an enthralling day of cricket on Saturday.

It was a game that either side could have won, and both deserve credit for the cricket on display, and the spirit in which it was played.

In the end it was Lea Park II who picked up 17 points from a winning draw.

Lea lost the toss and were put into bat.

Jake Hutchinson and Michael Overson were both tied down early on by the impressive Josh Porter.

Hutchinson (14) was again unable to curb his attacking instinct and gave Porter his first of the day.

Nick Ward-Lowery joined his captain in the middle, and between them, they slowly moved the score along to 126.

Overson kept the fielders interested with some poor shot selection, and his luck eventually ran out when he was caught for 56.

James Mann (20) took time to get going, but struck some powerful blows, before the returning Porter (5-9) instigated a lower order collapse with a dazzling display of pace bowling.

Ward-Lowery managed to complete his half century, remaining 52 not out at the end, Lea closing on 186-9.

Cuckney began quickly as they set about their target. Porter and Jason Lucas managing to find the boundary on several occasions.

But the positive play saw Porter lose his wicket, skying a catch to Overson, and Lea then began to build the pressure with some tight bowling from Den Law.

Jim Roberts again showed the huge improvements he’s made, with an miserly five over spell which yielded only three runs for the visitors.

The accurate left arm bowling of David Pattinson saw him claim two wickets, before Lucas was unfortunately forced to retire hurt after sustaining a nasty cut above the eye soon after completing a well constructed 55.

Hutchinson returned to claim three wickets in his second spell, as Cuckney edged closer to their target, however, some disciplined bowling and energetic fielding saw Lea Park secure an impressive 17 points.