A final-ball six condemned Disley to defeat in their 1stXI Twenty20 Cup fixture at Woodford, the hosts scrambling the nine runs required from the final two deliveries to knock the Rams out in the Round of 16. The 1stXI paid dearly for a few lax periods, in particular the close of their innings where they lost five wickets in consecutive deliveries to waste the final over of their allocation.
Things had started well enough as Andrew Clarke cleared the rope on six occasions on his way to a hard-hitting 64. He found valuable support from 2ndXI regular Junaid Samdani who contributed 20 and a score in excess of 140 looked on the cards with wickets in hand in the closing stages. The innings subsided in farce though in the final over with two runouts, a stumping and, crucially, two deep catches taken which were clearing the ropes.
Disley’s malaise carried over into the powerplay as the hosts exposed an under strength bowling attack but with the Rams playing catchup they forced their way back into contention. Spin proved tough to get away and the 1stXI did a good job of protecting the short boundary in the latter stages. When Josh Henry (1-18) dismissed set batsman Walker (44) in the final over that appeared to have finally swung the game in Disley’s favour but a sting in the tail left the Rams to wonder what might have been.