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Little Marlow leave Greys ashen-faced
LITTLE Marlow CC were involved in a thrilling tie with Greys Green as both sides finished on 191.
Little Marlow batted first last Sunday with Tahir Rashid (64 not out) sharing a partnership of 57 with Dave Glennerster (33) and an unbroken one of 64 with Mohammed Yaqoob (27 not out) to get their score to 191-6.
Greys looked to be heading to victory as they got to within two runs of the win.
But Neil Lancum removed their opener in the final over of the match, meaning Greys needed two from the final delivery.
Little Marlow fielders spread to allow a single, which was taken, but their batsman was run out attempting a suicidal second run.
A day earlier Little Marlow had to settle for a draw with Chalfont St Giles 2s after a rare off day from their bowlers.
Rashid won the toss and after heavy overnight rain he had not hesitation in inserting their guests, but go-to bowler Sai Pavan Kumar lacked his usual penetration early on and the opportunity to rip through Chalfont’s order was lost.
Yaqoob did take a few wickets at the other end and debutant Shahid Riaz also claimed his first scalp.
But Rob Leonard and Mark Pembroke dug in with scores of 55 and 36 before Ollie Zala (31) and Frank Turner (32 not out) provided the innings with a late flourish to take the innings to 220-6 after 52 overs.
Chalfont then turned to their spinners at the start of Little Marlow’s reply and Raj Patel and Alex Gorton both made good use of the old ball, with openers Anwar Mahmood and Bath both going cheaply.
Glennerster (44) and Sharif (35) settled the nerves, but they fell with the score on 84 and Farooq Hussain and Riaz followed quickly afterwards.
However, Rashid (49 not out) and Yaqoob (44) put together a stand of 87 to steer their side to safety, their innings eventually closing on 203-8.
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