Village cricket side Dorchester-on-Thames scored an implausible 40 runs off the final over to earn an improbable win against Swinbrook on Saturday.
The south Oxfordshire side’s hero Steve McComb notched all 40 runs as his side chased 35 from the final over to win their Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division 4 clash.
Hosts Swinbrook had posted 240 from their 45 overs and, with just six deliveries left in Dorchester’s reply, the visitors were on 206-7 when McComb stepped up to the crease.
The 54-year-old began the over against the unfortunate bowler Mihai Cucos with a no-ball six. Ball two was also despatched for a six, giving Dorchester 13 runs from one legitimate delivery.
Cucos calmed himself with a yorker, from which McComb was unable to score, as the scorecard above shows.
But the fourth delivery (the third legitimate ball) went for four and was then followed by another Cucos no-ball, which flew to the boundary for four.
McComb turned up the temperature by flogging the next two balls for six, leaving the scores tied with one delivery to come.
Undeterred by Swinford bringing in the field, McComb then lashed his fifth six of the eight-ball over to secure the win and bring up his own century.
He finished on 104 as he secured the unlikeliest of three-wicket victories.