Marshall at centre of Dons tie

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James Marshall experienced the highs and lows of cricket in the space of a few hours as Hambledon played out a thrilling tie with Fawley in their Southern Electric Premier League division two encounter.

The Dons all-rounder provided some useful late runs for his side with a brisk 35 not out in their total of 231 for five.

New skipper Rob Atkins (76) and James Atkinson (54) had earlier laid the foundations for what looked a handy total by Ridge Meadow standards.

But the Hambledon bowling lacked accuracy and control as Fawley blasted away in their reply.

Ex-captain Ian Turner was back to his miserly best with one for 15 from his 10 overs.

But the rest of the attack leaked runs at regular intervals.

Marshall, however, claimed six for 51 and appeared to put his side within touching distance of victory as he was backed up by his fielders taking some good catches.

But bowling the final over – with Fawley needing 14 to win – Marshall was hit for two maximums and was then unable to prevent the single off the final ball of the match.

With the Fawley batsmen going for a second run, which would have nicked the win, Kyle Shinn picked out Dons keeper Will Bond, who whipped the bails off just in time to share the spoils.

Atkins said: ‘We’re disappointed we didn’t win because we should have been able to defend that total at the Ridge.

‘The batting was really good – from start to finish – but our bowling up front let us down.

‘We have been pretty strong in that area this season, so that just made it more frustrating.

‘It’s a case of consistency – we are good in periods but haven’t managed to put it together for a whole game.

‘Jimmy and Turns dragged us back into it but a few big hits from their tail had us staring at defeat again.

‘So it could have been worse.

‘I was delighted at the halfway stage.

‘I just wasn’t quite so happy when we walked off with a tie!’