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'Best season anyone can remember' at champion Over Wallop
6:13pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Cricket
Bentworth v Over Wallop.
Over Wallop are league champions and will be picking up silverware at the end of the finest season anyone at the club can remember.
Built around another impressive batting display from Dean Robertson, they amassed 228 in their last game of the season away at Bentworth. This proved enough to achieve victory but it was not without obstacles as the home side batted aggressively and well, knowing their own hopes of avoiding relegation hinged on the result.
As the season has drawn to an end, Robertson has got better and better and his knock of 94 not out was a brilliant example of controlled power and good judgement as he carried his bat. Others were able to bat around him as he gave a solid foundation to the divisional leaders bid to gain another win in their quest to be promoted as champions. Huw Rouse (28) and Roy Cavill (41) were the next highest scorers with Simon Mant’s quick-fire 15 and Chris Adams’ ten from seven balls as the innings drew to a close.
Over Wallop’s bowling attack is the best in the division but on this good batting track with a lightning fast outfield, it was not clear that their total would prove sufficient for a very long time. Flack proved difficult to dislodge and a dropped catch kept him at the crease for longer than he should have been as he scored 32. Kiwi Hamish McCarthy (coming off the back of a century the week before) batted convincingly until Mike Powell trapped him. A boundary packed 69 from Gay was ended by a catch from the relieved Over Wallop captain Paul Cullen and this brought a real stutter in the run chase. Another good catch from Joel Pinchbeck and superb run-outs by Roy Cavill and Chris Adams were telling blows, forcing the home side’s attempts to fall short of their target with five overs and a ball to go. Over Wallop were a hugely relieved side as the last wicket fell to a stumping by Rouse and the home side were all out for 189. That they were able to win by 39 runs had seemed unlikely right until the end and it was symptomatic of Wallop’s grit and willingness to battle right to the wire that they kept working hard.