English Cricket Club loses seven wickets for one run in National Cup Championship
The incident panned out at the dying stages of the match when the Wycombe's required three runs from 12 balls.
Updated - Jun 27, 2018 4:54 pm
Cricket is a game of uncertainty, rightly so, as the pendulum keeps swinging from one way to the other. A number of matches have turned on its head from unexpected scenarios and it’s a sport where the room for errors are minimal. The National Cup Championship at Peterborough was a witness to a bizarre incident on June 24, probably one of the most shambolic batting collapses ever.
The Peterborough Town CC locked horns with the High Wycombe CC and the contest turned out to be a roller coaster ride. The incident panned out at the dying stages of the match when the Wycombe’s required three runs from 12 balls with seven wickets remaining, chasing 189. They had Nathan Hawkes and George Russell in the middle who took their team to the brink of victory with a stand of 48 runs.
Wycombe’s unrealistic collapse
Kieron Jones broke the partnership in the penultimate over. Russell was caught behind the behind and in a similar manner Jones nipped out Adam Dobb and Aashir Zaib. He picked up his fourth wicket in the form of Andrew Higgins as he trapped him plumb in front to reduce Wycombe from 186/3 to 186/7 with one over remaining. From nowhere the match was back to the balance.
In the final over, Hawkes reverse-swept a delivery to turn over the strike, but that was only the start of another collapse. Danyaal Malik. who was the sixth choice bowler of the team, dismissed three batsmen on the trot to snatch victory for the home team from the jaws of defeat. Conner Haddow, George Lasseter, and Ben Hoggan perished one after the other to the off-break bowler.
Shockingly, the Wycombe’s were shot out for 187 with a ball remaining. Earlier, Malik’s gutsy 53 runs with five boundaries lifted Peterborough to 188 in 39.3 overs. Eliot Callis and skipper Hawkes’ took their home to the threshold of victory only to see their team capitulate like a pack of cards.