History-breaker takes 1,000 wicket

(L-R): Captain Rich Cridge with record-breaker Martin Stennings

(L-R): Captain Rich Cridge with record-breaker Martin Stennings

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OVERNIGHT heavy rain threatened to stop the match between Dinton seconds and Winterbourne seconds, but thanks to the hard work of the ground staff the game went ahead.

Dinton went into bat first, starting brightly as they took 30 runs from the first ten overs. When the first wicket finally fell, it created a domino effect for the hosts.

Losing a further five wickets for just 11 runs. Abbis Abbas did most of the damage with 3-17.

Simon Rawlins (20) and Mark Heaven set about getting Dinton back on track.

The pair built a partnership of 42 runs for the sixth wicket.

Heaven managed to help his side over the hundredth mark with the score of 110, Martin Nokes finishing with 4-13.

Dinton needed quick wickets to ensure victory, but Winterbourne had other ideas as opener Gary Arnold stood firm along with Abbas, the pair making a 30 run partnership.

A moment of Dinton history did break the partnership when Martin Stennings went into the game with 999 wickets.

When Arnold was caught behind, Stennings became only the second person in the club’s history to take 1,000 wickets. However, this wasn’t enough to swing the game in Dinton’s favour, as the impressive Abbas continued on 44 not out, taking the game by three wickets.

After the game, Stennings was presented with a pair of golden boots and the match ball for his 30 years of service at the club.

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