Hursley Park 2nd XI v Odiham 1st XI
Played at The Quarters
Hampshire Cricket League, Division 1
Won by 5 wickets
The most memorable victories are often born out of adversity, and the Hampshire League game against Odiham in 2017 is a true example.
For a variety of reasons we had a rare player shortage, and were struggling to field two teams. A couple of further dropouts on the morning of the game (one injury, one illness) left the 2s with just eight players. Emily McKenzie’s mum Jo found some whites in the loft and raised our number to nine, leaving a daunting task for skipper Amy Mistry and the team.
Visitors Odiham won the toss and despite losing an early wicket were soon taking advantage of the lack of numbers in the field, passing 150 before another wicket fell. Our bowlers, and crucially our fielders stuck to the task stoically however and at the end of 40 overs of toil we had restricted Odiham to 182-4, with old adversary Kerry Hartnett contributing 117. Macca’s figures of 0-21 from 8 overs were particularly noteworthy, and the skipper weighed in with 2-25 from 6. There were two catches for Emily Dodd.
The discussion over the tea time goodies was that, without being disrespectful to the rest of the team, we probably needed major contributions from the two senior batters on show – Sarah Attrill and Shami Mosweu – if we were to win the game.
The reply started well and 46 were posted in 13 overs before Shami was trapped LBW by Hampshire’s Gemma Lane. Sarah now had to take even more responsibility, as Emily Dodd entered the fray, batting well above her normal place in the order. Doddy responded superbly to the challenge, steered along by Sarah, with their running between the wickets being a notable feature as 64 valuable runs were added, before Emily fell for 21. 73 were still required and only 12 overs remained, but Amy Mistry can usually be relied upon in a crisis and she supported Sarah, now past her half-century, as the target was whittled down. The pair took short singles and turned ones into twos until Mistry fell for 16. The partnership, as with the previous one, had realised 64 and only 9 were needed from 2 overs. Lydia Rickenbach entered the fray, but was only required to face one ball before Sarah hit a boundary off the second ball of the final over to clinch a stunning victory.
Sarah Attrill’s unbeaten 85 contained just four boundaries but was an exemplary display of batting as she paced the run-chase to perfection and managed each of her partners along the way. She rates it as her finest innings – and that from a player that has scored a century at Lord’s!
The innings was voted the best performance of the season across the whole club (men’s section included)