One week, a team scores 481 runs in 50 overs. The next, another loses a match chasing 189 having been 186 for 3. Clearly, cricket doesn’t do middle ground.
Far removed from the pyrotechnics of Jason Roy and Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, there was a club game in the town of Peterborough in Northamptonshire and the local team was looking beat. After all, there were 11 balls left, only three runs to get and seven wickets in hand. That’s when it happened. #Collapzilla
The unravelling of High Wycombe began with fast bowler Keiron Jones picking up four wickets in four balls to start the penultimate over of the chase, and ending it as a maiden over. Imagine the odds. Experts suggest it is somewhere between finding an Oxford-educated unicorn and owning car keys that never get lost.
The final six balls were the responsibility of a 16-year old offspinner. According to the Peterborough Telegraph, Danyaal Malik was the sixth-choice bowler in an under-strength attack.
Nathan Hawkes took strike on 57. The first ball was reverse-swept for a single, but that was only the start of another collapse. The next four yielded three wickets and a remarkable victory. Peterborough won the entire tournament – the ECB National Club Championship – and emerged the best out of 13 teams.