DESPITE a fine batting performance on a tough wicket, Ellesmere Port somehow allowed victory to slip from their grasp against Saughall.
Saturday’s Cheshire Alliance Division Two game took place at Saughall’s temporary home – The Oval in Bebington – and Port skipper Boys said: “It was the hardest wicket I have played on this season.
“I won the toss and batted first and, although it was wet, it was a hard track.
“The lads batted well, though, particularly Ryan Peers at number seven who put together two good partnerships to kick the score on to a defendable total.”
Peers struck 57 as Port closed their innings on 177-9.
When Saughall launched their reply, Port were devastating.
Hammad Usman took 3-58 as they tore through their hosts.
With 10 overs remaining Saughall needed 90 runs to win and Port thought they had it in the bag.
“We felt we had done it,” said Boys. “There had been a bit of niggle throughout the game as there were no umpires and so a couple of decisions went the wrong way.
“It felt good to be in that position, on the verge of winning, but we lost our concentration.
“People were trying too hard to get people out and were making mistakes.”
Saughall ended up needing just five runs from the final over to win and they succeeded, finishing on 178-7.
“It is disappointing because we had it in our hands,” said Boys. “We should have won but a lapse of concentration and a bit of agitation did us no favours.
“We lost that game rather than Saughall winning it because we let them get under our skin.”
Next up is a trip to Heaton Mersey Village, with Boys looking for revenge after an opening-day defeat.
“We really want to beat them,” he said of a team which has only lost once this season.
“We are climbing the league now and achieving our average of 14 points a game – we got 14 points against Saughall,
“But we really want to beat HMV and we believe we can.”
In Division Three, Capenhurst beat visiting Offerton 2nds by four wickets. Offerton scored 151 (M Samson 5-9) and Cape replied with 152-6 (K Narine 41, N Tilby 31).
At Ellesmere Port, the home side’s second XI beat Mossley by six wickets. Mossley scored 202-5 and, after tea, Port hit back with 203-4 (Heaps 95no).