St Andrews secure another promotion, but are pipped to title for third year in a row!
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 September 2018
St Andrews had to settle for the runners-up spot for the third successive season in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League, but could still celebrate another promotion to Division Five.
They chose to bat first against Ingatestone seconds, with Alan Street and Ben Greenwood making a steady start to score 25 runs in the first nine overs.
Street fell to a leading edge back to the bowler, with Paul Street then trapped lbw without scoring, but Colin Yeomans settled things down as Saints reached 69-2 at the midway point.
Greenwood eventually fell for a hard-fought 21 and Yeomans (19) edged behind in the next over to make it 72-4, before Andrew Salmon was bowled off his foot with the total on 89.
Sean Jackson and Josh Phillips rescued the situation, with the former hitting 33 off 30 balls, including six fours.
Phillips made 30 before edging to gully, but Dave Newman got off the mark with a six, before brother Rob was caught on the boundary and he was then bowled himself next ball to make it 168-9.
The last-wicket pairing of Graham Street (21 not out) and Andrew Walker lifted the total to 197-9 at the end of the 45 overs, when Saints heard the news that leaders Hatfield Peverel had piled up 406-3 against Bentley thirds and knew the title was going to prove beyond them.
But Graham Street (3-11) struck three early blows with the ball to reduce Ingatestone to 19-3, before Yeomans (3-21) got in on the act to take his tally for the season to an impressive 47.
Walker saw Jackson hold on to a simple catch at point, before Alan Street (2-2) hit the stumps in successive overs and some of the team’s other part-time bowlers were given a chance to turn their arm over.
As Ben Greenwood and Paul Street searched for the final wicket, it was Josh Phillips who eventually dismissed the last Ingatestone batsman with his first ball to seal a 98-run win.
After 17 wins in 18 games, Saints finished with 424 points to Hatfield Peverel’s 428 and Paul Street said: “It’s disappointing to miss out on another title for the third straight season, but Hatfield have shown their quality with the runs they’ve scored this season.
“A one -oss season in any other league or any other sport would be enough to win any league and it ultimately came down to bonus points.”