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Marlow on the brink of TVL title
MARLOW CC captain Graeme Paskins has hailed his team’s character after they stepped back from the brink to beat Finchampstead 2s on Saturday.
They now have one hand on the Thames Valley League Division 2A title, sitting on a healthy 35-point lead with just two matches to go.
Paskins said: “The character has really come through well. We could have let the moment get to us but we gutsed it out.
“Mathamatically we still need 16 points, and that’s only if Fleet win both their matches with maximum points. I think it’s a tough ask for them.”
But Marlow weren’t quite so chirpy before Saturday. They had seen a 39-point lead whittled down to 16 with three losses in a row and the champions-elect were in trouble again at Finchampstead as they slumped to 15-2.
The season entire season was in the balance then, but Australian Conor McInerney and captain Paskins grasped the nettle with a stand of 115 to wrest the initiative back.
McInerney scored 85 to take his season’s league total to 895, while Paskins added 44 to help his side clamber up to 190-8.
Two early wickets then hammered home their advantage, and the match was over when Cameron Denton took three wickets in an over to cut Finch’s tail off.
Paskins said: “We’ve played well throughout the year. You go through a run when things don’t go your way but the important thing is not to doubt yourself.
“The ability was there, it was just a case of getting it out and that was a great performance.”
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