Demons win off last ball
Jerilderie’s Division Two side scored a massive four-wicket upset win travelling to Waaia in Murray Valley Cricket action at the weekend.
The Demons became the first side to defeat the Bombers this year in an absolute thriller.
With just one ball remaining the visitors needed two runs for victory.
It was all on the shoulders of opening batsman Dave Pasin who scored the final two runs to bring his total to 90 not out in a heroic effort.
The start of the game saw a delay due to the rain with Waaia winning the toss and deciding to set the target in the shortened 34 over match.
With the delay Jerilderie’s opening bowlers were a bit wayward in the early stages.
Waaia’s captain Dave Booth had a fine knock of 78 before Josh Rochford finally claimed his wicket.
From there the Waaia tail was exposed and Jerilderie cleaned up their remaining batsmen, getting them all out for 143 in 33 overs.
Jerilderie’s best bowlers were Fraser Pinnuck (2/10 runs off four), Rochford (2/25 runs off five) and Zac Barlow (2/8 off two).
Jerilderie went in to bat and Pasin teed off in superlative fashion, hitting the Waaia bowlers all over the ground.
Andy Neessen was elevated in the batting order and went to the crease after the first wicket down, playing a useful back-up role to Pasin who was in a punishing mood.
With seven overs remaining in the game Jerilderie was still 47 runs short of overhauling Waaia’s total.
Mitch A’Vard joined Pasin in the middle and when the last over was to be bowled Jerilderie still required four runs.
Dave Pasin faced the first ball and trickled it down to fine leg for an easy run.
With three runs to get A’Vard, who had put together a nice 11 runs, tried to win the match with one mighty swipe but missed and was out stumped.
This brought Pinnuck in to face the music, scrambling a quick single in order to get the in-form Pasin back on strike to finish the game.
The opener obliged with a two on the last ball of the day for Jerilderie to pull off a remarkable win.
Next week Jerilderie travel to Tocumwal in a must win match if they wish to keep their finals hopes alive.