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Bradenham win in tense finale

PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 07 July 2010

BRADENHAM Sunday team visited Denver in the reverse of the opening day Derek Cousins Division Two encounter and won in a nail-biting finale.

They had quite an experienced line-up due to the demands of the Junior Carter Cup.

BRADENHAM Sunday team visited Denver in the reverse of the opening day Derek Cousins Division Two encounter and won in a nail-biting finale.

They had quite an experienced line-up due to the demands of the Junior Carter Cup.

Bradenham were asked to bat and struggled to find any rhythm against the Denver attack.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and despite useful contributions from Rob Thurley (40) and Kyle Goodge (24) found themselves on 122-9 after 29 overs.

A final total of 169 was achieved thanks to Ashley Stolworthy who fell two short of his half century and some aggressive hitting by Geoff Goodge who remained unbeaten on 14.

This gave the visitors some hope and useful opening spells from Stolworthy and Laurie Hill ensured that both openers were back in the pavilion before Kyle Goodge's opening over resulted in yet another victim.

It was the dual spin attack of Thurley and Chad Balluza who controlled the run rate to keep the visitors in the game. Balluza finishing with figures of 10 overs 2-35.

The experienced pairing of Brooking and Morton looked like steering the home side to victory as they arrived at the last over needing two for victory.

With Mark Hunter given the responsibility of bowling this crucial over, the home batsmen failed to secure a single run and Bradenham won this nail-biting encounter by one run.

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