The Lord’s Taverners v Marlborough College
Venue: Marlborough College
Manager: Mike Bush
Administrator: Mike Bush
The Lord's Taverners 158 - 7 (30 overs)
Marlborough College 159 for 9 (29.4 overs)
Marlborough won by 1 wicket
Picture the scene - after a fluctuating game the Taverner’s bowlers had rescued a dire situation with wickets tumbling rapidly towards the end of the College innings, the 9th wicket falling on the 3rd ball of the last over and the College still requiring 7 runs to win. A snicked single left a 15 year old youngster, Alexander Coombe, facing the last 2 bowls and he swung the next ball of a deep backward square leg for 6 to win a thrilling game by 1 wicket to the delight of the College team. It was a magnificent end to a fiercely fought and very enjoyable contest.
The Taverners had batted first, with all-rounder Jon Lewis of Surrey and England playing a fine innings of 31, supported by Simon Cooper and Graham Rose, but the star performance came from John Crawley, formerly a Master at the College, who put on a sublime display of ball striking, which couldn’t have been bettered by David Gower and he retired on 76. Duncan Bell, the rugby international, helped the score along but Chris White with 20 and Mike Tredgett with 10 helped push the score up to 158 for 7 off the allotted 30 overs.
James Sennett and Jordan Butler put on a good opening stand of 49, scoring freely, and when the latter was out Archie Turner went to the wicket to strike an excellent 40 to take the College to 118 for 1 after 17 overs, a seemingly impregnable position. However, Sennett holed out for 62 and Von Behr was bowled for 15 by Mike Cannon and suddenly the game took a different shape, with runs hard to come by and wickets falling regularly until the excitement of the final over.
The Taverner’s thanks are due to the College team, staff and the retiring Master and the match formed part of an excellent day’s events put on by the College. The Taverners Chief Executive, Matthew Patten, was presented with a cheque for £18,897 by the Master. The Taverners thanks are due to Mike Bush, OM, who helped organise the side and captained The Taverners on the day and this is just the sort of finish that we like to have in Taverners cricket.
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