Memorable finish as Norfolk draw

Norfolk were involved in an incredible finish at Furness yesterday when their second Minor Counties Championship fixture of the season ended in a thrilling equal score draw.

Norfolk were involved in an incredible finish at Furness yesterday when their second Minor Counties Championship fixture of the season ended in a thrilling equal score draw.

Carl Rogers' side were bowled out for 267 in their second innings, meaning opponents Cumberland needed to score 256 in a minimum of 40 overs to clinch victory.

With one over remaining they had got to within 11 of their target for the loss of six wickets - and when Jonathan Miles' first delivery was hammered over the ropes for six it looked as though the hosts might edge over the line.

The next three balls went for a total of four runs (leg bye, single, two), meaning the scores were level and Cumberland needed just one run from the final two deliveries to get the win.


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The pressure was now well and truly on Miles but the seamer kept his cool, bowling a couple of balls in the block hole which the hosts were unable to get away.

They went for a run anyway from the last delivery of the match, but Miles completed the job with a run-out, which left Norfolk with an equal score draw and 11 points.

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'I can remember being involved in a couple of games like this before but it's always exciting when it happens,' said skipper Rogers, who top scored for Norfolk with 82.

'When you consider how many runs were scored in this game it's strange that the two sides should end up getting the same number.

'We were disappointed to get bowled out because we would have preferred to set a target. But I was pleased with the way we responded as a team, especially at the end when we could easily have lost it.'

Norfolk progressed from an overnight 137-4 to 267, with Peter Lambert chipping in with a useful 29 to back up Rogers' contribution.

In reply Ikram Ullah led the way with his third Minor Counties Championship century, his unbeaten 107 coming from 99 balls and including 11 fours and a six.

Chris Brown was the pick of the Norfolk bowlers, returning figures of 4-74 in his 15 overs as Cumberland went on the attack.

In doing so he reached the milestone of 300 Minor Counties wickets, with 274 of them coming for Norfolk.

Miles was the only other visiting bowler to take a wicket (1-63).

SCOREBOARD

Cumberland (14pts) drew with Norfolk (11 points).

Overnight: Norfolk 382-6 (J M Spelman 115, S S Athurton 86, H Bush 75 not out) and 137-4 (C Rogers 55 not out); Cumberland 394-8 (J Smith 92, M Brown 71, I Ullah 60, Miles 4-98).

t Norfolk 2nd innings continued

C Rogers b Evans 82

P A Lambert c and b Baer 29

G W Walker c Ullah b Smith 13

C Brown c Pratt b Smith 17

J S Blake c Miller b Baer10

M P Eccles c Ullah b Thompson 7

J S Miles not out 2

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Total (109 overs) 267

Fall: 1-98, 2-100, 3-132, 4-137, 5-205, 6-211, 7-244, 8-251, 9-264

Bowling: Dawson 14-3-48-0, Evans 6-1-15-1, Smith 17-3-38-2, Baer 34-11-63-2, Thompson 24-8-50-4, Miller 14-6-24-1.

t Cumberland 2nd innings

G Platten c Blake b Miles 23

J Miles b Brown 40

Ikram Ullah not out 107

G J Pratt c Ward b Brown 42

J A Smith c Lambert b Brown 2

C Thompson run out 1

M Brown c Rogers b Brown 3

G N Dawson run out 17

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Total (7 wkts, 49 overs) 255

Fall: 1-46, 2-107, 3-212, 4-219, 5-230, 6-230, 7-255.

Bowling: Miles 14-0-63-1, Eccles 4-0-26-0, Walker 15-0-69-0, Brown 15-3-74-4, Rogers 1-0-7-0.

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