A DRAMATIC last over was the main talking point in the match between Inverurie Don Valley and Dana Petroleum Manofield last weekend.
On the penultimate ball of the match, Jessiman was initially judged out caught, despite many on the ground certain that it was a “bump ball”. After several minutes of intense discussion, the appeal was turned over, and the last ball bowled and survived, which meant that Inverurie will have to wait another week to break their winning duck.
All this tension happened at the end of a match where the Don Valley team had ample chances to win. On the best batting track of the season so far, Manofield were put in, and were restricted to 181-5. Old hands Jessiman and Ewen shared the wickets, with Jessiman picking up 4-58 in 11 overs, which were fair figures considering the conditions. Once again, the fielding of Inverurie was notable, with youngster Anderson picking up two very good boundary catches being a particular positive. Manofield skipper Lawson was the star with the bat, hitting 80 and being dismissed in the last over.
Although Hadden hit the first delivery for four, he was run out in the ninth over, and Inverurie stuttered in the middle overs. However, when keeper Murrison joined Norval, they started to take control of the bowling, and after 30 overs, the score was 101-3, with a tantalizing last 15 overs to play. However, in the next over, both Norval and new batsman Stalker were dismissed, which started a collapse in the Inverurie batting order. By the time last man Jessiman joined Murrison in the 40th over, victory was long out of reach. However, neither batsman panicked, and held off the Manofield bowlers until that extraordinary last over, to finish on 125-9.