Division Twonorthwood Town 150 (30pts) Beat Chorleywood 143 (11pts) By Seven Runs
NORTHWOOD Town pulled off a sensational result as they beat Chorleywood by seven runs in the last over of a dramatic game at The Common.
Leaders Chorleywood came into the game as clear favourites against a side in the relegation zone and they would still have fancied themselves after restricting Town to 150 all out, thanks largely to Rohan Lee's half-century.
However, Dave Bushnell and Richard Doling were once again the heroes with the ball, Bushnell finishing with six wickets as the visitors came through to win a topsy-turvy clash.
Skipper Raj Ahluwalia said: "It was a fantastic win against one of the highly fancied sides.
"We were disappointed not to grind out more runs and knew we would have to bowl and field well to have any chance.
"We did that superbly and it was really a game where whoever kept their nerve would get the vital 30 points."
Ahluwalia went early after winning the toss and although Lee and Dean Barker batted patiently on a slow wicket, against father and son spin combination of Duncan and Matt Watson, when Barker was controversially given out on 27, Town were up against it at 60 for four.
Bushnell offered Lee good support and at 105 for five Town had dragged themselves back into a respectable position before a mini collapse ensued. Lee then opened up and with five overs to go Town were aiming for 180 until Lee was given out LBW to a ball that appeared to hit his bat, ending his vital knock at 63 and Town subsided to 150 all out.
Doling removed Paul Downing in the second over of the chase and Bushnell picked up two wickets including dan-german Luke Vivian, comfortably caught off a skyer by Doling and although the hosts dug in they were in all sorts of trouble at 65 for seven. Nevertheless, the experienced Duncan Watson and Alex Hodgkinson got their heads down and Town's bowling changes were ineffectual so they returned to Bushnell and Doling.
The game appeared to have slipped away as the two batsmen remarkably took their side to within 10 runs of victory with three wickets still in hand, yet Bushnell (6-51) again made a crucial breakthrough as Watson was adjudged LBW and panic set in.
Doling took another skyer off Bushnell and suddenly the equation was down to seven runs needed from the last over with only one wicket intact.
Doling (3-42) bowled the first ball and as he appealed the batsmen tried to pinch a run, but Tim Piper swooped and Doling broke the stumps to complete a run out that sparked pandemonium among the jubilant Town players. * The second XI was also involved in a dramatic last over victory but they were on the wrong end of it after letting slip a match-winning position against Tewin.
Town struggled on a tricky pitch until Musharaf Malik patiently rode out the early difficulties before opening up to score a tremendous 83, putting on 78 with Jamie Cotton (40).
Town were well placed at 170 for four only to collapse to 177 for eight and in the end Phil Carter was happy to declare on 203 for nine.
Despite missing key bowlers Neal Furmenger and Ben Rawson-Jones Town reduced Tewin to 60 for five with 23 overs to go but the disciplined approach suddenly disappeared and the visitors went hell for leather.
Town claimed the odd scalp but runs flowed and the visitors needed eight off the last over with nine wickets down, but Adam Hills cracked and two long hops were dispatched to leave Town with only a useful 19 points to show for their efforts.
Syd Sidarth picked up three for 42 while Dave Harding took two for 20 and Malik completed a decent performance with four outfield catches.