Power chase down Spi­ders

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By STRUAN JONES

MOUNT Beauty United have pulled off an ex­cit­ing run chase to beat How­long by three wick­ets, rein­ing in the vis­i­tor’s to­tal with 12 overs to spare in their home match at the week­end.

The vis­i­tors bat­ted first and looked shaky at 5/104 be­fore a strong 67-run part­ner­ship buoyed the in­nings, and bat- ted their way to a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 7/210, thanks mainly to a hard hit­ting in­nings from How­long’s wick­et­keeper Tim Sey­mour, who hit four bound­aries and four 6s and fin­ished not out on 71.

Of the bowlers, 14-year old leg spin­ner Ethan Grace stood out with 3/20, and Ni­cholas Iaria took 2/25. An­thony Brew­ergray couldn’t back up his re­cent five-wicket spell, but bowled a tidy six overs for his 0/18.

Fac­ing a daunt­ing to­tal and re­quir­ing about 5 runs per over to be com­pet­i­tive, the Power made the per­fect start, with open­ers Adam Whe­lan and cap­tain Daniel Sav­ille hit­ting their way to 82, with Sav­ille sur­viv­ing an um­pir­ing de­ci­sion early in his in­nings af­ter a catch was claimed in the gully.

The Power then stut­tered, how­ever, find­ing them­selves at 3/91 then 4/106, be­fore Jake Styles, bat­ting at num­ber six, put on his best bat­ting per­for­mance of the year.

De­ter­mined to make amends for an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally loose bowl­ing spell, Styles hit 10 bound­aries and two 6s on his way to a sea­son-best 67, and was part of a match-win­ning part­ner­ship with Sav­ille.

At 7/193, Brew­ergray and Iaria were left to chase down the re­main­ing runs, guid­ing the team to a mem­o­rable vic­tory in the 34th over.

“It was a re­ally good fun game, re­ally en­ter­tain­ing,” Brew­ergray said.

“We were con­cerned about the runs we were hav­ing to chase, but we knew the con­di­tions were great for bat­ting and the out­field was fast, but you al­ways get a bit ner­vous with over 200 to chase.”

Mount Beauty now sits sec­ond on the lad­der be­hind the un­beaten Kiewa while Ded­erang drops down to fourth af­ter los­ing to Baran­duda.

Next week the ‘high­way ri­vals’ will meet at Ded­erang, and with Mount Beauty’s con­fi­dence high and Ded­erang keen to get back in form, the derby is set up per­fectly.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

ALL STYLE: Jake Styles starred with the bat in an im­pres­sive win over How­long at the week­end.

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