GORING Cricket Club grabbed a dramatic one-run victory at home to Crowhurst Park on Saturday as Matt Keen took a hat-trick to win the game.
Crowhurst Park appeared in control of the run chase at 131-4, needing 142 to win. However, Ellis Woolley, who had earlier top-scored with 93, then took two quick wickets and Keen one, which left the visitors on 140-7.
The first wicket of Keen’s hat-trick was Bradley Payne, who was well caught by Barnaby Lyons at mid-on for 32.
Crowhurst captain Colin Ayres was out lbw next ball and Shane de Beer then took the catch to dismiss Richard Coleman with the next ball to complete a hat-trick for Keen and seal victory for Goring.
Had Goring lost by six wickets, they would have taken only six points from the game, so the late wickets and the victory gave them an extra 24 points and kept them only seven points behind leaders Eastbourne in Sussex League Division 2.
Woolley had earlier hit 93, with 13 fours and two sixes, as Goring recovered from 30-5 to post 141. Paul Brookes took 6-54 and Richard Coleman 3-27 for Crowhurst, who were then all out for 140 in 45 overs.
Keen finished with 5-31 from 14 overs to move on to 24 wickets for the season and there were two wickets each for Woolley and left-arm spinner Aaron Wyatt.
Goring captain Ben Cartwright said: “It was just a bizarre game. They needed 11 to win with six wickets in hand and two guys in the 30s at the crease, so we had no right to win it.
“I brought Ellis back on to bowl with them four wickets down and asked him to burgle me a couple of wickets to get us an extra point.
“That would have given us seven points from the game, which we wouldn’t have been happy with but it would have been another point to our total.
“Fair play to Ellis, he bowled a really good, tight first over without getting a wicket. Keeno then took a wicket in the next over, before Ellis got two quick ones and they needed two to win and one to draw with three wickets left. Their batsmen were coming in on a cold day and it was getting a bit dark and Keeno got the hat-trick to win us the game.
“It was just a crazy 10 minutes and quite surreal. I’m sure that they were absolutely gutted but it shows you that anything can happen.
“We bowled well, held our catches and are delighted with the 30 points. At 30-5, we were in big trouble but Ellis batted brilliantly to get us up to a defendable total, supported by Keeno and Dan Geere.”