Liss hold nerve to claim vital one-wicket victory

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Friday 9th August 2019 2:40 pm
Action from Liphook and Ripsley’s 73-run defeat against Hartley Wintney at Ripsley Park on Saturday. Picture by Ruth Marshall.

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Liss v Oakley: LISS claimed a vital one-wicket win against Oakley.

The visitors won the toss and batted first on a dry, sunny day at the Glebe, but Oakley captain Sumner was dismissed early on for seven by Liam Charles.

Fellow opener Hennessey continued his good season by hitting 82, although he was dropped three times by Liss before he was caught late in the innings.

Wood (23) and Bayliss (24) were the only other Oakley batsmen to make significant contributions as the visitors scored 210-8 off 45 overs.

Leading wicket taker Phil Moore (4-46) impressed with the ball for Liss.

The home side lost captain Toby Austin early on, but with help from vital contributions from the middle order, other opener Cam Clarke (63) got the run chase going before he was dismissed during an excellent bowling spell from Sumner (4-22).

With wickets tumbling at a consistent pace, Jack Evans (40) and Chris Allcock (22) kept the runs flowing in the middle overs.

But with both of them losing their wickets, the job of securing the victory was left to Dan Dillon-Thiselton (17 not out) and number 11 batsman Henry Austin (four not out), who hit a boundary to third man that gave the home side victory with 4.1 overs spare.

This was a vital win for Liss, who started the game one place above the relegation zone, against a strong Oakley side who sit in second place in County Division 3 North with only four games remaining in the season.

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