Bowlers to the fore as Sanderstead draw
SANDERSTEAD played out a rare tie with Oxted & Limpsfield on a day when the bowlers took charge of the game.
Sanderstead bowler Simon Carter took 7-29, while both Gordon Boxshall (5-18) and Daryl King (4-39 off 23 overs) did well for Oxted.
Sanderstead captain Dan Udall sent visitors Oxted into bat first.
The Sanderstead opening bowlers, Tom Hilton and Phil Roodt, immediately started to get some sideways movement off the wicket. Stuart Fletcher and Jack Lloyd capitalised on anything over pitched, however, with the introduction of Carter into the attack, the runs dried up.
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Lloyd was first to go, trying to lift Carter over his head, Fletcher suffered the same fate. Last week's run scorer, Simon Jackson, dug in but Ranson and Boxshall fell in quick succession and Oxted had slumped to 49-4.
Dan Bowles joined Jackson and it was only an unfortunate run out with Bowles just short of his ground that brought their partnership to an end. This triggered a mini collapse with the score at 83-8. Carter was proving to be unplayable.
Oxted's last trio of batsmen, King, David Paised and McIlwraith did not give their wickets away and between them they added another 24 valuable runs.
Sanderstead's Richard Young and Richard Key tried to get the run chase off to a flying start. King and McIlwraith the Oxted opening bowlers were getting the same sideways movement the Sanderstead bowlers benefited from.
King got the early breakthrough, Key, caught behind by Andy Starling. Russell Carter followed shortly afterwards pushing hard at a King slower ball to be caught at mid-off, Sanderstead 19-2.
Abdul Muzammil tried to get the scoreboard moving, and he and Young took the score through to 38, before McIlwraith had Young caught behind.
Roodt too fell to a King slower ball and Sanderstead had slipped to 45-4. Carter joined Muzammil and began to bring the target down.
With only 30 runs required and six wickets in hand the game was in Sanderstead's grasp, however, Gordon Boxshall trapped Carter in front lbw.
Udall came to the crease, but returned to the pavilion shortly afterwards as he played back to Boxshall and was hit in front.
Muzammil stood at the non-striker's end, looking on as Latif was cleaned bowled by Boxshall trying to hit the ball into the Oxted legion.
The key was going to be the wicket of Muzammill and when he fell to King any result was possible. With the last ball of the next over, Boxshall had George Jackson well caught at short-leg by Jackson with the score on 105-9.
Tom Hilton played through the first four balls of King's next over and on the fifth whipped the ball through mid-wicket for two.
Hilton played and missed at the last ball, leaving Richie Bull, the Sanderstead number 11 on strike to Boxshall. The first ball of the over pitched and came back in to the right-handed Bull, trapping him lbw and the points were shared.