Towns Blue beat sis­ter side by a run in last-ball thriller

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

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.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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