Last-wicket pair see Abacus home

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Fairbairn SCF were again casualties through not having enough players available therefore they scratched to Hautlians.

Meanwhile St Ouen and Pentagon will play their match tonight, the fixture also doubling up as a JEP KO Cup second round match.

St Ouen skipper Richard Anthony said: ‘The league have been very helpful in this matter.

‘We have six players injured at the moment and it would not have been possible for us to get two teams out on consecutive nights.

‘With Pentagon’s blessing we asked if we could play one game and the result be the same for both matches and the league have agreed.’ Meanwhile the league have also overturned last week’s decision to make Hautlians and Jersey Zoo replay their JEP Cup match as 15 overs a side were not played.

Last week’s nine-wicket win for Hautlians now stands so just three second round matches will be played this evening, St Ouen and Pentagon at FB1, Walkovers and Beeches at FB2 and JUBRFC and Sloggers at FB3, all starting at 6 pm.

Abacus ground out an excellent win last night against Beeches, Peter Canham knocking off the winning runs with four balls to spare but with the last pair at the wicket.

Beeches elected to bat and they made 99 from 12 overs.

Peter Scott hit a quick 28 and Tom Coward played confidently for his 44.

However once the pair departed wickets fell quickly with Richard Robinson taking four for 25 runs.

Some tidy Abacus fielding from Myles West and Simon Parker also resulted in two run outs.

Abacus made a slow reply with just eleven runs from the first three overs, Suthan scoring just three off his first 14 balls; this moving the required run rate up to ten an over.

Beeches took some excellent catches in the deep, Dean Douglas holding on to big hits from Richard Parker and Alan Lesbirel at deep long on.

A quick 19 from Simon Parker, who again was well caught at deep long off by Alex Morgan, supported by a steady unbeaten 13 from Canham provided the platform for victory.

Abacus still required 19 to win from the last 13 balls and with nine wickets down it could have gone either way.

However, Geoff Hamilton (11 not out) was unfazed and Canham hit the winning runs with four balls to spare.

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