THERE was high drama at Castrol on Saturday as the seconds tied with their Radbroke Hall counterparts.
Skipper Gordon Hodgson said: 'That was some match, it had everything and the pressure on both sides at the end was unbearable. To have to keep the runs down and also take wickets was a great achievement and all the lads bowled well.'
Radbroke elected to bowl and started brightly with home openers Mal Ferrier (3) and Steve Flanagan (0) out in the second over, both victims of Bailey (2-42).
Also, in attempting a quick single, Neil Powell (10) pulled a hamstring and Castrol requested Steve Flanagan as a runner but both were soon off as Powell was caught by Bailey off Jones (1-38).
But Alan Tidman and Steve Jones soon had Radbroke's fielders running for cover as they hit some lusty blows with the former hitting two huge sixes off Jabbi, one into a nearby garden and the other into Stanney Woods.
Just as things were looking good, Tidman (33) mistimed a drive straight to Jaffer off Jabbi and 97-4 soon became 97-5 as Jones (45) holed out in the deep after trying to pulverise the leg spin of Jabbi.
Bob Brannock hit a quick 14 before becoming another of Jabbi's victims and Adam Sharples joined Derek Flanagan and moved the score along to 138-7 before he was also accounted for by the leg spin of Jabbi (4-36).
Flanagan (16no) and Walmsley (6 no) held out to post 151-7 for Castrol in their allotted 48 overs.
In reply, Hodgson got the first breakthrough bowling Turner (1) neck and crop.
After a change of bowlers, Jones accounted for Bailey (33) and Price (26) and the score was now 69-3 from 20 overs.
Mahmood was bowled for a duck by Flanagan Snr (1-22) with Flanagan Jnr making the catch.
Castrol then had Jones (4-28) to thank for two quick wickets with Jabbi (5) bowled and Jaffer caught behind for a duck. New bowler Ferrier (1-12) had Roberts (2) judged lbw and Castrol sensed victory with the score on 108-7 from 31 overs. Rad-broke needed 44 runs from their remaining 11 overs at four an over and Reynolds was proving a difficult man to remove and was soon aided by new batsman Radford in pushing the total along to 135-7 with four overs left.
Buckley removed Radford (10) and Gorugothaun (0) in successive deliveries but was hit for four on the final ball of his penultimate over to take the score to 148-9 with two overs left.
Hodgson (1-35) bowled an excellent last over conceding just a single 149-9 meaning Radbroke needed three to win from Buckley's last over.
Three dot balls were followed by a lofted drive from Reynolds that resulted in two runs with the ball agonisingly dropping between two Castrol fielders.
But with the scores tied and two balls remaining, Buckley bowled an absolute corker that rearranged Reynolds' (59) stumps to deny Rad-broke victory and force a tie.
Castrol took 14 points and Rad-broke Hall 10.