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