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Cookham Dean move out of the drop zone after one-wicket win at rivals Burnham 

Yash Rastogi

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Cookham Dean kept their survival hopes alive by claiming a thrilling one-wicket win over close rivals Burnham on Saturday.

Ben Millar's side went into the clash knowing anything other than a victory would likely have seen them relegated back into the Thames Valley League.

However, they dug in to chase down Burnham's total of 226-9 with one wicket and an over in hand.

Both sides got off to uncertain starts with the bat. Burnham skipper Rizwan Nadeem departed for just two, while Fahad Raja (11), Shaan Khan (8) and Raza Ali Dar (5) all quickly followed him to leave the home side in turmoil on 27-4.

But their recovery, when it came, was an impressive one. Sulaiman Javed (40) Fahaan Khan (35) and Nehman Nadeem (71) all defied the Dean bowling attack to move Burnham back on to solid ground at 226-9.

The wickets were shared around Dean's attack with Wasim Ahmed, Scott Harris, Yasir Qureshi and Sahan Nanayakkara all taking a couple each.

Dean's reply got off to a steadier start, with Millar (24), Patrick Castleden (17) and Yash Rastogi (31) putting down the foundations for victory after Sohil Mangat's early dismissal for five. And, just like Burnham, Dean's lower order came good when it mattered most. From 111-6 they squeezed home to victory with Simret Mangat making 35 and Nanayakkara adding 34.

The result sees Dean nip back above Amersham by just a point ahead of their final match at home to Oxford Downs. Amersham finish off at Thame Town.

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