Ten man 'Parish lose in tense finish

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Longparish v Hayling Island.

Visitors Hayling Island won the toss and, as has been the case in every league game this season, Longparish fielded first, subsequently losing opening bowler Chris Clarke in the third over with a dislocated thumb. Ten man Longparish stuck admirably to their task to dismiss Hayling Island for 128 with Matt Jackman and Ben Gardner taking a brace of wickets apiece, Harry Martin picking up 3-19 and Alex Coetzee a miserly 1-16 from ten overs The Longparish reply didn't start well as Mike Hallet found prodigious movement through the air to rip out the openers. Adam Lister restored a semblance of order with a well struck 17 before falling to a superb one-handed slip catch off the bowling of the piratical Longhurst. Justin Jackman kept Longparish in the hunt with 22, Barry Blackmore maintained the excitement with some huge hits and Tim Oram, five days out of hospital after having his heart restarted, bravely blocked out an end while fainter hearts on the boundary threatened to flutter their last. Clarke returned from casualty with a thumbs down for batting, but the drama of the piece saw him striding to the crease with six runs required only to fall gallantly to the returning Hallet, bringing the curtain down on a thrilling afternoon's cricket.

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