Twists, turns ga­lore in nail­biter of a fi­nal

AR­MADALE PUT UP GUTSY FIGHT TO LOSE BY SOLI­TARY RUN

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Sport - Matthew McClure

CRICKET AR­MADALE have gone down to Cock­burn in the one-day grand fi­nal by the barest of mar­gins in an all-time clas­sic game of cricket.

It was a game with ev­ery­thing and many twists and turns.

Ar­madale won the toss and bowled, but soon re­gret­ted this de­ci­sion as Cock­burn cruised to 0-59. En­ter Jake Forsyth. He bowled bril­liantly and snared three quick wick­ets, as Rob Han­ham bowled su­perbly at the other end, cre­at­ing pres­sure and tak­ing a wicket early on, be­fore fin­ish­ing with the fine fig­ures of 1-16 off eight overs.

Forsyth then took an­other wicket be­fore Damian Car­roll snared two in two balls as Cock­burn fell to an in­cred­i­ble 7-92.

They then re­built be­fore Jake Forsyth took an­other as he fin­ished with 5-37.

In a stroke of ge­nius, Car­roll threw the ball to Jeff Petrie and he didn’t dis­ap­point, tak­ing a vi­tal wicket as Cock­burn fell again to 9124.

They again fought back and scram­bled to 153 all out as Damian Car­roll fin­ished them off, tak­ing 3-29.

In re­ply, Ar­madale got off to a shocker to be 3-15, be­fore Ry­lan Arms and Will Hunt stead­ied the ship.

The pair bat­ted bril­liantly, de­fend­ing well but at­tack­ing any­thing loose as they put on 60.

Hunt ended up with 31, while Arms made 26.

Their wick­ets saw a mini col­lapse as Ar­madale fell from a promis­ing 3-73 to 7-92.

Skip­per Damian Car­roll then made a handy 21 as Ar­madale looked back on track, but his wicket saw Ar­madale fall to 8-118 and with it, all hope was gone. Or was it? Against all odds, An­ton Bick­ley and Michael Wise dug deep.

They pushed ones and hit the odd bound­ary as things started to get tight.

Down to six needed off the fi­nal over, Bick­ley was run out af­ter a sen­sa­tional fight­ing 19 as he and Wise put on 30.

In the end, Ar­madale needed three off the fi­nal ball, but could only scram­ble one as they lost by a soli­tary run.

Wise popped his shoul­der out, but still put in a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort to be un­beaten on 22.

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