Cricket Club Avoid Relegation!
Haslingfield Cricket Club have avoided relegation. Also, in their last match of the season, they beat Thriplow 2nd XI by 166 runs. But they survived the drop as other results went in their favour after they lost to Royston 1st XI by 7 wickets. Click Read More for more details on how they survived…
Haslingfield avoided the drop after the result of their penultimate game, Match 17 which was against Royston: whatever Haslingfield do today they must get no greater than 3 less than Barrington manage. A very hot day, another toss won by our skipper (7/13) and Haslingfield went in to bat. A steady start came to an end with the openers dismissed in the eighth and ninth overs. Lee and Alex built a 48 partnership before Lee was caught at deep midwicket with Haslingfield on 63-3. No worries though, Alex was looking in control and batting well – the problem was that no-one else could stick around. Even Clive, hot off a plane from LA couldn’t stop the rot as the next seven batsmen faced only 38 balls and contributed 10 runs. Haslingfield were all out for 118 in 27.4 overs with Alex on an unbeaten 54 from 49 balls.
Highlight of the day so far (apart from Alex’s fifty) was a delightful Wells’ tea. Haslingfield bowlers started well and gave some glimmers of hope as the Royston bats were kept fairly quiet. But after their third wicket fell a rapid fire 58 partnership from 29 balls (Royston’s No.5 bat, Rob Gill powering 34 from 15 balls including 3 dots) snuffed out any hopes of more bonus points – only three points for us!
Yep the tea remained the best part of the day – a couple of pints of Doombar at the Rose and some pleasant conversation with our friendly opponents softened the edges of our dismal showing. The questions were – would Saffron Walden beat Barrington and would they hold them to six or fewer bonus points so giving us safety from relegation.
Barrington lost away to Saffron Walden (224-7 v 323-1) gaining 5 bonus points – no games left.
We lost at home to Royston (118-10 v 122-3) gaining 3 bonus points – one game left home v Thriplow, only pride on the line for both of us.
Camden lost away to Cambourne (63-10 v 65-3) gaining 2 bonus points – one game left away v Madingley.
Linton lost at home to Thriplow (140-10 v 142-5) gaining 5 bonus points – one game left away v Cambourne (both for promotion).
Royston play at home to Saffron Walden (promotion hopefuls) next week.
Perhaps the cricketing gods were looking favourably on HCC and forgot about England.