Towns Blue beat sister side by a run in last-ball thriller
Towns Blue (2-1) recorded a thrilling one-run victory over sister side Towns White (1-2) last Sunday afternoon in their under-17s Kookaburra Sports Geraldton Junior Cricket Association clash at the Recreation Ground.
In a match that went down to the final delivery, a brave last wicket partnership between White duo Callum Marquis and Angelo Lagahit literally fell inches short of a memorable victory.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl, White struck gold early, with Tom Forsyth and Kaj Mosedale claiming the vital wickets of Travis Owen (2) and Matthew Hughes (8).
It was not until the middle of the order that Blue managed to exercise scoreboard pressure, with Joel Groessler (35 off 71 balls) again providing a timely innings for his team.
Groessler has been in excellent touch throughout the opening three weeks of the season, having scored 140 from three stints at the crease — including a memorable 97 against Sportsmans on November 5.
Blue were eventually all out for 122 off 38.3 overs, with Forsyth (4-16) slamming the brakes on a heftier tally for his side to chase.
Chasing 123 for victory, White lost two wickets early, to be reeling at 2-12.
Josh DeLacy came in at number three and provided a real bedrock of stability for his teammates.
While others fell around him, he scored a persistent 41 from 94 balls and kept his side in the hunt.
Gradually, Blue were able to regain momentum and when Deltyn Jones was caught by Hughes off Groessler, White still required 13 runs with only a wicket remaining.
Marquis (14 off 15 balls) and Lagahit (4 off 7 balls) did all they could to steal an improbable win, but a run out on the final delivery eliminated any chance of a Cinderella story.
Proceedings were clear cut at Wonthella Oval, where Sportsmans (0-3) were thrashed by a Hudson Toomey-inspired Wander-
ers (3-0). Toomey, who a day earlier had scored 104 off 96 balls for Fremantle against Gosnells in under-17s Perth grade cricket, followed up with 73 (off 62 balls) and 2-2 from his two-over spell.
A bright light for Sportsmans on a rough day was proven talent Darcy Ingle, who was unbeaten on 35 and the only player to score double figures.
A day earlier, the evenness of the under-12s competition again rose to the surface, with several teams recording important victories.
Dongara Blue (4-1) easily accounted for Bluff Point-Strathalbyn (2-3), who have lost three in a row.
The win puts Blue on level points with league leaders Towns, with unbeaten Wanderers Gold and Dongara White (3-2) also in the early mix for the finals.
White, who lost their opening two games, have now won three matches on the bounce with Meg Spalding and Kodi Giltrow two major reasons for the revival. In the under-14s, Wanderers Gold (3-0) continue to do as they please, with second placed Towns (2-1) unable to quell their early season resurgence.
Under-12s Towns bowler Mim Grice in action against Sportsmans last Saturday.
Towns Blue batsman Jack McQuie.
Under-12s Sportsmans batsman Anthony Witt.
Towns bowler Tom Forsyth charges into bowl.
A relieved Towns Blue side after their one-run victory over sister team Towns White.
Towns White’s Taylor Delacey charges in against sister side Towns Blue.
Towns Blue batsman Max Golding.