Howe Green House School beat Manor Fields Primary School in the Kitteridge All Sports Cricket League final
Howe Green House School beat Manor Fields Primary School in a nerve-shredding Kitteridge All Sports Cricket League final.
On a day when the players were ending their time at the Great Hallingbury school, it was perhaps fitting that the hosts triumphed to lift the trophy.
But they almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and breathed a huge sigh of relief as they avoided a catastrophic run out off the very last ball of the match.
The dramatic climax came at the end of a competition which saw eight schools battling it out for the title. They were split into two pools - Albury C of E Primary School and Bishop's Stortford's Manor Fields progressed from Group One while Little Hallingbury School and Howe Green advanced from Group Two.
The semi-finals were very competitive and strong performances from Howe Green and Manor Fields ensured they would meet in the final.
The showdown included a number of cracking catches taken and brilliant boundaries scored as it went right down to the wire.
Manor Fields put 152 on the board and Howe Green were ahead by three with one ball remaining. However, with the format being that a wicket resulted in five runs being deducted, both sides were still in contention.
Manor Fields' county bowler stepped up and sent down a swinging delivery which the Howe Green batsman successfully blocked.
But, without realising the situation, they elected to run an unnecessary single and gave an onrushing fielder one last chance for glory.
He collected the ball on the run and threw it towards the stumps with the batsman well out of his crease, but it missed by a matter of inches and Howe Green's celebrations could begin.
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