Derby ends in a draw after thrilling finale

Steyning's Stephen Chimhamhiwa appeals for a wicket during his side's draw at Portslade on Saturday
Steyning's Stephen Chimhamhiwa appeals for a wicket during his side's draw at Portslade on Saturday

PORTSLADE Cricket Club drew at home to local rivals Steyning on Saturday after a thrilling final over.

Portslade went into the final over on 198-5, needing seven runs to win, after Steyning had posted 204-8.

However, with victory in their grasp, Tom Mooney was caught by Ollie Collins off Ed Lamb’s bowling for 71, with the first ball of the over.

Iain Wainwright then went to the crease and hit a four off his first delivery, before he was out lbw to Lamb with the very next ball.

Mark Gravett was then caught by Ben Shelford to his first delivery, before Andrew Mamoany was run out by Shelford as Portslade finished their innings on 202-9.

Portslade skipper Paul Glover revealed he had mixed emotions at the end and said: “It was a fantastic game to be part of, if I’m honest.

“We bowled well to restrict them to 204 after they had started well.

“They had us 65 for four when I came in but myself and Tom put on 66, before Steven Case and Tom put on 67 to put us in a good position.

“Unfortunately for us, we just did not have enough in the end to get over the line.”

Steyning were put into bat and struggled early on as they lost Simon Grant (nought) and Hywel Jones (five) to leave them 17 for two.

Oliver Collins (55) and Shelford steadied the ship for Steyning as they put on 112 for the third wicket.

Shelford was the mainstay of the innings and made 85 from 137 balls, before skipper David Kennett struck 17 from 15 balls as Steyning declared on 204 for eight.

Glover followed up his five-wicket haul last week by claiming four for 48.

In reply, Portslade slipped to 65 for four and looked to be struggling.

A partnership of 66 between Mooney and Glover (41) helped bring their side back into the contest.

Case, who finished unbeaten on 28, continued the onslaught with Mooney, before the latter fell to the first ball of the final over.

Wainwright, Gravett and Mamoany also then fell in a dramatic final over as Lamb finished with three for 24 from five overs.

Portslade host Burgess Hill on Saturday, while Chichester Priory are the visitors to Steyning.