SSSC member Ben Smith and Darren Lamon strode to the crease in confident manner but both returned to the stands in the first over of Sale's run chase. Runs were coming but unfortunately wickets were tumbling as Sale collapsed to 66-8 after 10 overs. Just when all seemed lost, SSSC member Joe Parsonage and Community Coach Andy Broadhurst were able to put on a 20 run partnership which edged us to within 60 runs of our target before Joe was clean bowled. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and for Sale that man was number 11 batsman Paul Garnett who came out and literally smashed the Alty attack all over the field. Boundary after boundary came off Paul's bat to the point that we got to the last over needing just 16 runs to win. Unfortunately despite chants of SAAYYLLLL echoing around the ground Paul couldn't quite pull off the Great Escape as he was run out on the 2nd ball of the over leaving us tantalizingly only 14 short of our target.
Of course it's much easier to accept defeat on a hot summer's night when a beer festival is in full flow and both sides joined spectators in sampling the delightful ales on offer well into the evening.
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