Bessey keeps his nerve in last over to secure thrilling win for Kirkley & Belton A

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 July 2017

Kirkley & Belton A Team wearing the new sponsored shirts. Picture: Nikki Butcher

Kirkley & Belton A Team wearing the new sponsored shirts. Picture: Nikki Butcher


Kirkley & Belton A sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Services beat Frettenham by two runs.

What a great advert for local cricket this game was, second playing third, lovely weather and all 22 players playing their part.

Kirkley lost the toss and were asked to bat on a bowling paradise of a wicket, due to the previous week’s rain.

A toss that proved vital as Kirkley were reduced to 28 for four after 12 overs, skipper Daniels tried to rebuild, but when he departed on 24 with the score at 86 for six, it was left to Simon Bessey to try and get Kirkley over the 100 mark, this he duly did with a good 27 and Kirkley finished on 127 all out, the crucial factor in this was they only used 38 overs.

With bowlers short, it did look a daunting task, especially when Frettenham raced away to 23 for nought off 8 overs, but Bessey was having a quality spell, and he got the all important breakthrough. Matt Gander at the other end was working hard and it has to be said Kirkley in the field were outstanding.

Bessey was proving the key though, getting the big wicket of David Websdale for nought, his figures of 4-16 were superb, Neil Muirhead came on and continued to keep things tight, but when these three bowlers had finished, Frettenham were 65 for five and a partnership was building.

Scott Francis came on for three overs and got a crucial wicket at 76 for six, but the next hour’s play was a great advert. Kirkley brought on youngsters Klayton Tyrell and Jack Bessey, both hadn’t bowled a ball in league cricket this season, Muirhead got the dangerous Chris Wade in his final over, 112 for seven. Jack Bessey came on and showed no nerves and bowled really well. Tyrell at the other end got the eighth wicket with the score on 123.

Although Frettenham still had a batsmen set on 35, both youngsters didn’t show no nerves, and Tyrell removed the ninth man on 125, with only three overs to go it was simple, three runs or one wicket for the win. Bessey bowling to the set batsmen bowled four outstanding dot balls, before his frustration made him loop the fifth ball to skipper Daniels for an unlikely but brilliant win by two runs.

A great game, played in great spirit, but it has to be said what a superb team effort by everybody involved, and the four that Fred Pattern tried to get out of the way of, but it hit him proved priceless.

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