Mt Beauty in fi­nals

Mt Beauty lose five wick­ets in seven balls but still se­cure win over Baran­duda

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY and TATE SPI­TERI

DE­SPITE a calami­tous bat­ting col­lapse Mt Beauty will again play fi­nals af­ter a thrilling vic­tory in their do or die clash with Baran­duda.

With just two runs needed off 13 balls the Power looked likely to se­cure a six-wicket win but five wick­ets in the space of just seven de­liv­er­ies saw them go from 4/160 to 9/160.

Af­ter the five min­utes of car­nage, in which Ro­han Pearce struck four times in the 37th over, Liam Vick­ers (10 not out) had the com­po­sure to edge Mt Beauty past the to­tal.

One of the four bats­man to fall in Pearce’s ninth over was Ashan Ranaweera, the hero for Mt Beauty with a brilliant 105 to go with his measly 4/36 off 23 overs with the ball.

Ranaweera opened the bat­ting and hit 14 bound­aries and two sixes in what was the third cen­tury by a Mt Beauty player in four games.

He was the first bats­man to fall to Pearce with Ben Slo­combe, An­thony Brew­ergray and Ai­den Grace de­part­ing on the third, fourth, and fifth balls of the penul­ti­mate over.

The four dis­mals fol­lowed that of Mt Beauty captain Al Ran­dell (15) off the last ball of the 36th over.

With 162 re­quired off just 38 overs, af­ter the Rangers added a fur­ther 43 runs to their overnight score, captain Al Ran­dell said the Power needed a big score from one of its bats­men.

“We knew it was a good pitch and the out­field was rea­son­ably fast but if we were go­ing to win one of our top or­der had to stand up and Ashan did that,” he said.

“We also knew we needed a bit of luck to go our way, I’m not re­ally sure what hap­pened for us to col­lapse like that, but I guess it doesn’t mat­ter now.

“It cer­tainly made for a nerve rack­ing few min­utes… it’s not some­thing we’d want to re­peat.”

Mt Beauty’s two other cen­tury mak­ers this sea­son Damien Jen­vey (22) and Dan Sav­ille (11) were the other main­stays with their 41 and 59 run part­ner­ships with Ranaweera prov­ing cru­cial.

The result meant Mt Beauty ended Baran­duda’s sea­son for the third straight year af­ter knock­ing the Rangers out in the past two semi-fi­nals.

The Power’s heart stop­ping win sets up a semi-fi­nal clash with archri­vals Ded­erang.

The Demons de­feated Bethanga by 25 runs on the week­end to clinch the mi­nor premier­ship with Nick Hynes tak­ing 6/33.

It will be an­other must win match for Mt Beauty who as the low­est ranked team in the fi­nals will be out of the premier­ship race if they lose.

The Demons are guar­an­teed an­other chance but can book them­selves a home pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal with vic­tory.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

THROUGH: Mt Beauty captain Al Ran­dell was the first wicket to fall when the Power lost 5/0 late in their match against Baran­duda.

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