Downend down on final day

September 27 2021

DOWNEND Cricket Club's 1st XI were relegated from the West of England Premier Cricket League's Premier One after a tense final-day winner-stays-up clash away to Chippenham.
Due to a registration issue relating to a game earlier in the season, the team was deducted five points, leaving them seven points behind Cheltenham, who were just above the relegation zone.
In order for the 1XI to stay up, they needed to get eight or more points than Cheltenham, who lost at home to Lansdown.
But with opponents Chippenham also needing the win to stay up, the match was a must-win game for both sides.
Downend put the home side in to bat and were set 253 to win in their 45 overs, but fell agonisingly short. Needing 15 from the final over, they finished on 246-9, with Chippenham winning by six runs.
The 2nd and 3rd XIs maintained their respective division status with a game to spare.
While the season is over, the club remains open on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as all day Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on activities, visit the Downend Cricket Club Hub Facebook page.