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Drama as Ogilvie steals tie at death

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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CLIFTON took two wickets in the last three balls to save their County League Division One unbeaten record with a dramatic tie at Rolleston on Saturday.

Skipper Matt Wilson's 53 had led Clifton's push to 204-7 in the first knock.

He and brother Will got their side off to a solid start after they had been put in, with a stand of 84 for the first wicket.

Will's departure, for 33 led to a run of wickets, however, even though James Barnes followed with 30.

Faisal Khan recorded a rare failure, out for nought in four balls.

Towards the end, Campbell Ogilvie's 42 not out from 37 balls ensured Clifton passed 200.

The Rolleston innings started well from Clifton's point of view, with two wickets for Ed Wilson and one for Ogilvie having the home side in trouble at 18-3.

From there, Tom Liversage and Alex Britton, former Buerton Albion footballers both, turned the game their side's way with a stand of 118.

Britton's departure, bowled by Ed Wilson for 64, put Clifton back in it but Liversage still looked to be edging his side to victory.

It came down to the last over and he was on 81 not out but, crucially, not on strike when Rolleston were level on 204-8 with three balls left.

However, Ogilvie, completing a haul of 5-30, had Ben Liversage caught for seven, then trapped last man Luke Nelson leg before two balls later.

Clifton took 17 points to Rolleston's 15 from the game and both sides stay unbeaten so far.

Clifton seconds made it three wins from three to top Division 6S thanks to a virtuoso display by club stalwart Simon Moore.

Moore's 7-45 saw visitors Walton on Trent bowled out for only 110 and he then led his side to a six-wicket win by hitting 63 not out in the reply.

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