Cricket: Cavaliers edge battle to book place in final
JUST one run separated the two teams at the end of the most exciting Grimsby Town Knock-Out match of the 2012 tournament so far.
Lincolnshire Cavaliers had that small advantage, giving them a semi-final victory over Messingham in a game that had everything the large crowd could wish for.
Cavaliers – an XI put together by former Grimsby player Geoff Middleton – brought a return to Augusta Street for a number of familiar faces.
Brothers Simon, Matthew and Tom Webb travelled from Yorkshire, as did wicketkeeper Steve Crossley, who is now with York, and Jonathan Miller returned to his old club from Lincoln.
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Cavaliers opened with Woodhall Spa captain Jack Luffman and Market Rasen’s Graeme Bell, who failed to survive Messingham skipper Andy Langford’s first over, getting caught with only four on the board.
Luffman and Simon Webb added 23 before Langford dismissed the former.
Crossley and Webb then went on the rampage, putting on 56 off less than five overs.
Webb was bowled by Adam McDermott for 33, but Crossley went on to make 51 off 32 balls, with three sixes and two fours, before falling to a catch off Paul Taylor.
Big-hitters Ian Williams and Dale Christie kept the runs flowing and, with two balls of the innings left, Tom Webb came out to hit a six off his first delivery before losing his wicket to Taylor, who finished with three for 32 off his four overs.
Cavaliers closed on 142 for seven.
In reply, Messingham lost Shaun Bridges in the first over to Matthew Webb.
Jason New and James Barker – like McDermott, guesting from Barton – put on 53, with New playing an anchoring role as Barker hit 33 off 34 balls.
Barker was bowled by Miller who also took the next wicket but Lee Brocklebank continued the onslaught with 37 off 25 balls before being bowled by Webb. New was run out for 26.
Going into the final over, the target was 13 off eight balls.
Bowler Tom Webb produced a wicket off the third ball and a run-out. Williams then took a superb catch.
With three balls remaining, Messingham needed 11. Danny Rands managed only two off the next ball – but there was still drama to come as Rands launched a six off the penultimate delivery to leave three needed off the final ball.
But Webb held his nerve and the batsmen could only run one, giving Cavaliers the slenderest of victories.
Cavaliers will play the winners of next Monday’s semi-final, between Fenner and Caistor.