Taylforth Stars as Falkland Islands Win Thriller at Americas Division 4 Championship
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 2:18 PM
The Falkland Islands beat Costa Rica in the Americas Division 4 game played at the Reforma Athletic ground in Mexico on Tuesday.
A devastating spell of medium-pace bowling from Falkland Islands? Elliott Taylforth did all the damage for his team. He took 6-14, including a hat-trick, and completed the match by claiming another victim for a four-wicket maiden.
The day began with the Costa Ricans winning the toss and electing to field in cloudy conditions.
Sam Arthur struck twice early on to put the Falkland Islands on the backfoot and wickets continued to fall on a regular basis.
Only David Hewitt, with a painstaking 21 from 50 balls, and David Pickup, with 24 from 53 balls, were able to occupy the crease for any length of time.
The Falklands innings folded on 131, with 11.3 overs still remaining, and Costa Rica looked well-placed at the halfway stage.
Ben Smith recorded figures of 4-32, to go with his century against Mexico from the opening match, and was well supported by Tim Baker (3-29) and Arthur (2-15).
Despite a small total to defend, the newcomers to ICC Americas cricket never gave up hope, and the spirit in the team was further lifted in the first over when Taylforth had Baker caught by Collins without a run on the board.
Smith threatened to take the game away from the Falklands, but he was brilliantly caught at mid-off on the stroke of lunch to leave the Costa Ricans on 44-2.
The Falklands players went into the break believing they could conjure up an upset to set up an intriguing encounter with the host nation in Wednesday?s next game.
After lunch, the game swayed back and forth until the 29th over, when Taylforth wrecked havoc to finish the match off in one devastating five-ball spell.
With Costa Rica poised at 92-6, needing of 40 runs for victory, up stepped the hero of the day.
In what one spectator described as the most exhilarating finish to a cricket game he had seen, captain Taylforth came back into the attack from the northern end of the ground.
With his first ball of the over he had Richard Illingworth caught at gully by Ian Betts.
This encouraged the Falklands to go on all-out attack with two slips, two gullies and all the fielders inside the circle. The second ball of the over brought Garth Tweedale forward, only for the batsman to see the ball being snapped up by Richard Marlor - one of the gully fielders. This then brought in Gary Sheriff with Taylforth on a hat-trick and the perfect hat-trick delivery ensued as the batsman groped forward to give Marlor another catch in the gully.
The Falkland Islanders were jumping and screaming with delight for their skipper but also in anticipation of a well-deserved victory.
The fourth delivery was a dot ball to last man, Armando Foster, but the fifth was just short of a length. Foster went back but could not keep his hands down and the ball took the glove and looped to Marlor once again to give the fielding side what appeared like an emphatic 39-run victory.
But that was to underestimate the drama that had preceded it.
Costa Rica won the toss elected to field
Falkland Islands 131 all out in 38.3 overs (David Pickup 24, David Hewitt 21, Craig Paice, Kevin Clapp 16, Elliott Taylforth 12; Ben Smith 4-32, Tim Baker 3-29, Sam Arthur 2-15)
Costa Rica 92 all out in 28.5 overs (Ben Smith 24, Chris Prasad 10; Elliott Taylforth 6-14, David Hewitt 2-16)