Liam Buttery skippered the Hayes side, and with the toss won, Fin Baker and Marcus Browne faced the Sidcup opening bowling attack. Early wickets fell and left Hayes at 35 for 3 from 9 overs - we were starting to struggle! Talk among the spectators was 120 would be a good score.....if we made it. Elliot Lilley came to the crease and put on a partnership of 53 with Henry Baines, before being caught for 43 himself. Then came big hitting Leo Webster, in the last 6 overs with an unbeaten 36, and another partnership of 64 with Henry Baines (n.o. 26) Hayes finished at 152 for 4 (from 24overs)
Sidcup came in under darkening skies, good bowling from Elliot Lilley and Will Hadley, then Leo Webster and Henry Baines kept Sidcup to 45 from the first 9 overs. Sidcup started to accelerate, by the 14th over their openers were looking solid. An inspired bowling change by Liam brought back Elliot, and a double wicket maiden broke the opening partnership of 82 and removed the number 3 without troubling the scorers.
The light was fading fast now, and the air changed to a cool moist breeze, rain was coming.............
Hayes continued the good fielding with a fantastic catch from Bertie Page (keeper) running backwards to hold a top edge.
Drama started to unfold, 2 overs to go, it was very dark, and light rain began to fall. The Sidcup players started to swing the bat at everything, one shot nearly took out the Square Leg umpire, and our fielder - nobody could see the ball. 28 from 12 balls in the dark - the Sidcup umpire asked our bowlers to come off shortened run up's for the safety of the players - Hayes obliged and the 23rd over went for 8. 20 needed from 6 balls - it was too dark to be playing, both sides new that, but both wanted to go for the win. It was raining hard now, spectators scattered to the clubhouse, while the Sidcup batsmen swung and run. 13 runs off the last over will show a Hayes win, but credit to both sides for a fantastic game of cricket. Credit to Jim Waterhouse of Sidcup for keeping his players out there, well done to the Hayes lads for staying cool in the field and getting home to a Semi Final.
These lads are the future, lets look after them and keep them at Hayes CC