Jackson has Fives in thrilling victory

ASNEL DIVISION ONE Fives & Heronians 208-8 beat Westcliff on Sea 207-7 by 3 wkts FIVES & Heronians started life back in Division One with a thrilling two-wicket win against Westcliff-on-Sea at the Paddock. Westcliff made 207-7 and that was achieved mainl

ASNEL DIVISION ONE

Fives & Heronians 208-8 beat

Westcliff on Sea 207-7 by 3 wkts

FIVES & Heronians started life back in Division One with a thrilling two-wicket win against Westcliff-on-Sea at the Paddock.

Westcliff made 207-7 and that was achieved mainly by Ben McKeith, who hit 109.

Wicketkeeper Glenn Jackson took five catches and 15-year-old Jamie Porter collected 3-53 from 12 overs.

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Despite the seemingly below-par target, Fives were quickly reduced to 6-2 then 43-4 and when Gordon Whorlow fell for 37 with the score 81-5, the hosts were slipping to defeat.

Skipper Terry Ballard then turned the game with some mighty blows to smack 62 in 48 balls.

Ballard holed out with the score 157-6, but Jackson then took the mantle as Fives needed 13 from 18 balls with just two wickets remaining.

But the gloveman then showed his ice-cool nerves, as he launched two superb sixes to give the hosts a two-wicket win and finish unbeaten on a superb 67.