B grade team in a thriller
Euroa 194 B Gleeson 67 M Hill 33 L Colclough 29 N Chambers 3/21 M Jarrett 2/27 CD Hawes 2/54 def by Kyabram 8/195 J Fitzgerald 38 CD Hawes 26*
SATURDAY’S game against Kyabram came down to the wire, with Euroa being made to rue missed chances earlier in the day.
This was Euroa’s first game back at the Memorial Oval, which had been undergoing pitch restoration.
After winning the toss again, Euroa would bat first.
Skipper Brad Gleeson promoted himself to opener to join Tom Panuccio, and the move looked a good one.
After Panuccio went first ball, Gleeson cracked a better than a run a ball 67, dispatching Kyabram’s bowlers to all parts of the ground.
His first 50 runs came off just 30 balls, and his innings included nine fours and a six.
He was ably assisted by first Linton Colclough (29) and Marcus Hill (33), both of whom had little trouble finding the boundary also.
Euroa were cruising at 1/92 before suffering a middle order collapse.
First Colclough was run out, and then Gleeson was caught on the boundary to make it 3/111.
Matt Walker left a ball that darted back and took out his off stump, before Andrew Crosbie was bowled after facing just five deliveries.
Paul Allen was then forced to retire hurt when a ball reared up off a good length and struck him below his right eye.
Allen, who hadn’t been wearing a helmet, would later return to the crease, but obviously hampered by the injury.
Euroa were essentially 6/115, and after a bright start, were now looking at a sub-par score.
Thanks to Hill, who kept the score ticking over with the lower order, the home side managed to scrap and struggle their way to be all out for 194, a competitive score on the notoriously difficult Euroa pitch.
This would prove accurate, however not many sides win a game of cricket when they drop multiple catches, misfield, and bowl 45 extras.
The rot started early, too.
Euroa dropped five catches in the first 10 overs, and would take a wicket on a no-ball.
Despite their best efforts to throw the game away, Euroa still looked in control at the first drink break, after wickets from the promoted Xavier Hamill and two from Marcus Hill left Kyabram at 4/88.
Kyabram fought back, however, and some of their younger batsmen would take advantage of Euroa’s crumbling bowling effort to bring the game back to square.
Euroa would bowl 20 wides, more than three extra overs, and basically bowl themselves back out of the game.
After Kyabram took initial advantage of this sloppiness, Euroa struck with two quick wickets to reach 6/136 and feel as though they were back in charge.
Credit to the Ky tail, however, as they stuck tough and refused to give up their wicket cheaply in sight of the target, reaching 7/156.
It came down to the last over of the innings, as Euroa managed to effect a run out and finally kick into gear in the field to restrict Ky to just 3 runs in the two penultimate overs to leave them needing just two off the last with two wickets in hand.
Ky then took a hit and run attitude into the final over, and, unable to reproduce a runout, Euroa would slump to its second loss of the season.
The Magpies will need to lift their game in the field if they are to have any chance of making the finals this season.
With wins before Christmas essential to not leaving your team with too much to do in the two day matches, Euroa must win next week against Shepparton United at the Memorial.
The Euroa Cricket Club mourns the loss of one of its members, Ryley Bjorksten, this week.
The club would like to pass on its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryley, a great young man taken too soon.
STEADY AS EVER: Marcus Hill was once again one of Euroa’s most productive batsmen, making 33.
HANDY RUNS: Declan Redfern played some excellent shots before being removed for just 10.
TAIL WAG: Will Murray made 19 as part of the tail.