FOR the second time this season, Kingsley came out winners in a last-ball thriller, this time against Styal in the First Division of the Cheshire Cricket Alliance.
Kingsley skipper Mark Butcher won a vital toss on a day that was to be interrupted by showers and had no hesitation in inserting the visitors on an already damp wicket.
The experienced new-ball partnership of Alderman and Burden (2-28) again kept the Styal early order quiet until the first rain break. The good work was then continued by Andy Storey and Jonny Ollier (2-11) until further rain finally brought the innings to a close after 37 overs with only 95-6 on the board.
Effective mopping up following the rain left Kingsley with the challenge of scoring the 96 runs required in 20 overs.
A rearranged batting order, due to two key players being away, kept up with the run rate, but wickets fell as players (Kieron Ollier 29, Butcher 26) had just played themselves in. With black clouds gathering for a final downpour, the fourth-wicket partnership needed three to win from the final two balls, which soon became one ball when Owen was bowled. New-man Lenghan parried a full toss no ball to leave Burden hit a single to win.
The pressure once again got to North as a repeat of the previous ball meant Kingsley ran out winners by five wickets.