Gerrards cross fingers for last-gasp survival bid

Tom Hampton took six wickets.

Tom Hampton took six wickets.

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GERRARDS Cross CC are still in there fighting after finding their best performance of the season at just the right time.

Defeat to High Wycombe would have left them with a mountain to climb in the remaining four matches.

But they rallied in the nick of time to win their first Home Counties match since May 17, and captain Steve Rimmer believes survival is back on the table.

He said: “We’ve got ourselves back in the mix with the two teams above us.

“It will get more difficult as the games run out, as it always does, so we’ve got to force results now.

“But if we play anything like we did against Wycombe then we’ve got a real chance of causing some upsets.

“We’ve just got to score as many runs as we can and bowl and field our hearts out. What will be, will be.”

Hope didn’t appear to be around the corner when Cross were inserted and then found themselves 16-2.

But Matt Watson (28), Daniel Solway (43) and Dan Hampton (20) settled the innings down before second team captain Sam Bracey pressed the fast forward button with a knock of 69 in 75 balls.

That got Cross up to 189, which was more than enough once Tom Hampton (6-31) found his range.

Rimmer said: “We’ve bee doing parts of the game well this season and some not, but we seemed to pull it all together.

“It was fairly tough going with the bat, but we gritted it out. We weren’t at our most fluent but we got runs.

“Then we set off with more purpose in the second innings. We put the pressure on and never let them get away.

“It was a great bowling performance and helps us out massively.

“We’ve come to the party late, but it’s better than not coming at all.”

Cross play Slough on Saturday.

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