BECC beaten in nail-biter

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Belmont & Edgware were beaten by one run in a nail-biter against Wycombe House.

With a number of key players missing for BECC, a team containing three members of the GB Junior Maccabiah team took to the field.

Jonny Feigenbaum and Stuart Davis opened the bowling as they have done many times in the past. he bowling was tight and runs hard to obtain.

Due to a minor injury, Jon Evans was brought into the attack early and once stand-in keeper Michael Blasebalk stood up to the wicket runs dried up and the first wicket fell.

Strong support from Neil Myeroff saw Wycombe House crawl to 58-1 at the 20 over mark.

After drinks the batsmen upped the tempo and capitalised on numerous errors in the field. Drop catches, misfielding and a mistake with an easy run out meant the home side lost some composure.

Ollie Layton, Warren Averbuch and Evans made up for others by throwing themselves at anything near them. Richie Wienburg and newcomer Scott Gerard caused the batsmen problems which resulted in a stumping.

Averach came into the attack with only four overs left but bowled tight and helped restrict the batting total to 205-2.

After tea Feigenbaum (39) and Evans (28) kept up with the run rate and looked very comfortable. At 60-1 off 14 overs BECC had a good foundation.

Gerard (22) and Marcus Freeman (12) continued the hard work but the rate slowly started to creep up.

With the score on 136-6 in the 31st over it was time to bring Wienburg into the arena. Supported by Averbuch (12) and Blasebalk, he went on to score 44 including four 4s and two 6s. His innings changed the face of the game, but the loss of his wicket meant captain Blasebalk and chairman Myeroff needed five runs off seven balls to secure victory.

With two balls left and two runs needed the captain connected sweetly with the ball. Unfortunately it shot straight into the stomach of the short mid-wicket, who managed to hold onto the ball and secure victory for Wycombe House.

BECC believe that one more recognised senior player or one less misfield would have changed the result, and saved everyone from the nai-lbiting conclusion.

Last updated: 1:32pm, August 17 2009