Royal Burton Agnes 132-5 18 overs lost to Driffield Rec 134 – 8 17.5 overs

The Agnes Chaps assembled at Driffield Rec on an overcast Thursday evening. No one knew the starting XI until the batsmen were walking out to the wicket due to injuries, trips to Manchester and work commitments causing havoc in the camp.

Tom Norman dropped out with a “bad back” ;-). Freddie Mercs Langton was at a Pride event in Manchester. The two Becketts were on the speedboat and it is with regret that Sam Moore saw Little Sam Wragg in Drury Sports getting measured for a Grindale Kit alongside John Major. On a positive note, Sam Appleton was there at the meet time drinking a lovely bottle of Brown Ale.

Agnes lost the toss and batted. It was a cautious start by Will Norman and Charlie Watts but credit to the Driff bowlers they bowled tight. With wickets in hand, it meant that Will Schwarzeneger-Watts and six hitter Sam Appleton could swing from the hip. Sam Appleton hitting a very entertaining 26 from 9 balls. Marley Ward finished the innings with a cameo of boundaries. Ben Brown also showed tremendous bravery after taking a ball to the tooth with a nasty delivery that reared from a length. Agnes ended the inning on what looked like a par score of 132.

Things started horrendously for Agnes. The ball flew to all corners and the fielders struggled on this quick outfield. The Flame then removed danger man Owen Goldsworthy and then regular wickets and regular boundaries meant this game was going down to the wire. As soon as Driffield crept ahead, Agnes and in particular Marley Ward would take another wicket. The left armer picking up 4 wickets.

With 4 to win off 2 balls this was the thriller we all knew it was going to be. It also bought back memories of the famous James Nettleton accident versus Staxton. 4 to win off 2 balls and the ball flew in the air to long off (same position at James Nettleton). Ben Brown had the chance to put all those years of hurt to bed but unfortunately the ball was parried for six sparking a pitch invasion from the watching fans. Ben Brown has had to come off social media due to some truly shocking abuse from angry Burton Agnes villagers. The port moment was shared between Sam Appleton’s sixes, Will Watts’ 46 and Marley Wards 4 wickets. This was another classic game versus Driffield that has unfortunately seen Agnes on the losing side both times.

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