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Promotion joy for Amport after thrilling last day victory
6:10pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Cricket
Amport v Redlynch and Hale.
Amport capped a brilliant season with a thrilling win over Redlynch and Hale on Saturday.
Knowing that they could secure promotion with a high points tally, Amport were excited about the game.
Visiting skipper Ian Tanner had no hesitation in batting on the standard dream batting surface at Amport, and he was soon in his stride making runs around the field.
Opening bowler Robbie Skeates gave his team a real boost capturing Tanner (who has scored more than 750 runs this season) for 16. Skeates followed by cleaning bowling Dave Webber for a duck and Amport felt they were in control.
However, the run rate was well excess of 15 an over, and wickets were vital and proving hard to come by, and with Glen Willoughby scoring a scorching 95, the Redlynch innings raced along. Dean Woodhouse (2-48) and Charlie Ayers (2-47), helped keep a brake on things, but with batting getting easier and easier, Redlynch amassed 296-7.
In reply, Amport lost Peet Van Der Weisthuizen and star batsman Charlie Ayers within eight overs with the score on 32.
Nick Bone joined Ian Langdown with more than 250 still needed for an unlikely win, but they are among the fastest scoring Amport have, and the next 60 balls saw the total rise by 90 runs, and when Langdown finally fell on 27, the rate was back on track. Bone continued the chase with a hard hitting 67 before unluckily dragging one on. At that point Amport still needed 150 and Woodhouse set about cementing his reputation with an innings for 82, including two sixes, taking Amport forward every ball. Having such a powerful and experienced player at the other end, was vital as the Amport later order rallied around, Robbie Skeates (11) and Martyn Startup (23) batted brilliantly and when Woodhouse finally came undone to an LBW decision, Amport needed 20 to win.
Two of Amport’s brightest stars, Brandon Smith (23no) and Rob Randall entered and neither let the situation get to them, and with control and quality, they put away the bad ball, and scampered singles off everything else, resulting in Amport winning the most unlikely of games with two balls to spare as Randall crashed a ball through midwicket for four.
Smith’s wonderful innings will be remembered far beyond the end of this season as Amport secured promotion into County Two for next season.
It was an exciting and fitting end to a brilliant season which has seen the hard work of the Amport Junior sections, really come to fruition in their senior teams. The promotion is due to hard work from every area, on and off the field, and the whole club should take a bow.
Amport would like to congratulate Longparish on securing the league top spot, a well deserved title for a great and historic club.