The Border Watch : January 27th 2014
38 TWENTY/20 CRICKET VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au CHAMPIONS AGAIN: South Gambier has taken back-to-back XXXX Gold Twenty/20 Cup titles with a win over South at Frew Park. South goes back-to-back Wins second successive Twenty/20 title JACKSON REVOR A KET VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au CHAMPIONS AGAIN: South Gambier has taken back-to-back XXXX Gold Twenty/20 Cup titles with a win over South at Frew Park. South goes back-to-back Wins second successive Twenty/20 title JACKSON REVOR A email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH Gambier has fought back from a poor start to claim its second successive Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association XXXX Gold Twenty/20 title. But despite posting a strong 141 runs with the bat, South was forced to battle North Sportsmen’s until the final ball to ensure victory in an exciting contest. Both bat and ball dominated at various stages throughout the match, with both sides looking out of the contest, but able to claw their way back into contention. Having won the toss South chose to bat and it all began to unravel on just the second delivery, with the dismissal of Dave Somerfield for a duck, lbw to Damian Kenny. The excitement continued when Jack Capewell strode to the crease and was dropped on his second ball. Capewell was unable to capitalise on the opportunity, falling to Mitchell Lewis in the second over for just two runs, leaving South in early trouble at 2/6 and North with the early momentum. Opener Robert Drenthen was looking settled at the crease and was joined by Josh Thomson, but in the fourth over, with just 19 team runs on the board and 13 to his name, Lewis struck again, sending Drenthen back to the sidelines and South looked in real trouble. It was then up to Thomson and incoming batsman Richard Crute to steady the ship. The pair set about finding much-needed runs, with Thomson rotating the strike with singles while Crute was seeing the ball well and finding the boundary at will. At the half way mark the pair had taken the score to 61, with Crute clearing the white picket fence at Frew Park on many occasions. A 12-run over in the 11th saw the score advance further, but in the 12th over Thomson fell victim to Nick McInerney after offering 19 runs to the total. Crute may have sensed he needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and in the 14th stumbled just short of his half- 38 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 century while going for a big hit, with Kenny knocking his stumps over, but not before he had almost single-handedly saved South’s innings, reaching 48 runs. With the score on 94 there was still work to be done and the experienced Nick Cruise stepped up to the plate. He was joined by Dewain Barrett at the crease and the pair simply settled in, pushing singles and finding the occasional boundary, taking the score along 110 before McInerney sent Barrett on his way with an accurate delivery that found the woodwork. However, Cruise continued to push hard with Matt Bowering, clearing the boundary and pushing his team along to 140 before being found short of his crease in the dying stages of the innings. With 141 runs on the board South’s fortunes had turned from those early overs and it was now up to North to chase down a decent total. With 10 runs off the first over, North stated its case, but with just 14 after the second and opener Matt McInerney back on the sideline after offering just two runs, all was not well. Continued page 29 MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: South’s Richard Crute looks to send the ball towards the boundary during a man-of-the-match effort for his side.
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