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Waltham edge Bromley in thriller

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Waltham sneaked into the semi-finals of the Cockspur Cup with a two-wicket win over Bromley.

Defending champions Bromley batted first and looked well set as Nadeem Shahid and James Butterfill put on a strong opening partnership.

After the departure of Shahid, skipper Butterfill went on to make a deserved fifty.

But the Waltham spinners slowed the run-rate down and the Bromley middle-order never really got on top of the bowling.

The hosts innings closed on 216 for eight, a score which looked slightly below-par on a decent wicket.

Waltham started well but wickets fell against probing Bromley bowling and when the visitors were reduced to 113 for six with a rate of eight runs an over required the match looked all but over.

Then Ata ur Rehman joined Naseer Ahmed as they added 91 runs in quick time and turned the game dramatically, Naseer just missing the clock on the pavilion with a straight six off Ruel Braithwaite.

With 13 needed to win, Rehman went for a big hit and skied the ball to be caught within the 30-yard circle.

Waltham lost their eighth wicket with five runs still needed but the winning boundary came with four balls to spare.

Waltham will now host Malden Wanderers in the last four, with Sandiacre Town hosting Kibworth in the other semi-final.