Vale's promotion fate now in others hands


LMV are left to rely on other results this weekend todetermine whether they can be promoted from Division 4 of the Chess Valley League, after suffering a disappointing two-run defeat against Ealing Hanwellian.

The rain-shortened match at Rowley Lane was Vale' s third consecutive defeat, but at one stage, with one over left and just four runs needed, it looked like victory was theirs before Avi Schwarz was run out from the final ball.

Vale captain Neil Lederman said: "It looks like despite our recent poor results, the dice have rolled our way and we should be promoted, depending on this weekend's results to be sure. But would take a minor disaster for us not to finish at least third. We played really good cricket first half of the season, but became a little complacent and our standards dropped. "

Lederman opted to bowl first on winning the toss in a game reduced to 35 overs per side and wickets from Steve Allweis, Lederman, Adam Spooner and Mark Landau saw the opposition close on 153-9.

Landau and Spooner began well in reply, taking the score to 24 before Landau was bowled off an inside edge. All of Vale's top six got into double figures, but no one could go on to make a telling contribution.

As light faded, Craig Waterman was run out looking for a second run and Schwarz followed in a similar fashion from the final ball of the day.

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