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*

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHO­TOS: Dale Mann

TAIL WAG: Will Mur­ray made 19 as part of the tail.

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