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Bulldog Bs in the GF

Monday, 4th March, 2019

North’s Joel Sheppard picked up 3-15 in North’s B Grade semi-final win on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan North’s Joel Sheppard picked up 3-15 in North’s B Grade semi-final win on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

North’s remarkable late season run in B Grade continued on Saturday as they edged out West by two wickets and four balls to move onto the grand final next week.

Chasing 163 for the win, the Bulldogs made a fantastic start with the experienced opening pair of Shayne Staker and Ben Victory adding 51 for the first wicket. Staker dominated the partnership, scoring 33 at better than a run-a-ball with four boundaries.

Victory continued to play the anchor role until he was gone for 13 off 59 balls but runs continued to flow freely from Luke Hall and Brendon Martin. 

West wrestled back the momentum with the wickets of Hall (23), Martin (25), Anthony Tidball (3), Jackson Schorn (8) and Dylan Millsteed (2) to leave the Dogs at 7-137, still 26 short of victory with three overs remaining.

Seven runs came from the 28th over to keep North within striking distance but they still required 19 runs from 12 balls and when Austin Wilson was gone for 10 the task became even tougher. 

Thankfully for North, Ashley Richards kept his head and was able to score 13 runs off the 29th over, reducing the equation to just six run from six balls. The Bulldogs completed the win with four balls to spare as Quinton Beavan (4 not out) picked up the winning runs with a top-edge over the keeper for four.

Richards was vital in the latter stages and finished unbeaten on 20 with one four and a six.

Trengove and Matt Adams each claimed three wickets while Harvey picked up a couple.

Earlier in the day, West’s total had been built around multiple contributions and some vital late order hitting.

They made a poor start as the big-hitting Daniel Milne was out in the first over without scoring but Hagen Grose (24) and Jordan Meehan (26) were able to steady the ship with a 33-run stand until Grose was removed by Luke Hall.

North leg-spinner Joel Sheppard, whose action slightly resembles that of former South African spinner Paul ‘frog in a blender’ Adams, then ripped through the West middle order including the big wickets of Meehan and Harvey (1). 

Jayden White (22) struck a few boundaries before he became Sheppard’s third victim and that was quickly followed by Trengove for just four to leave West struggling at 6-88 with 10 overs to bat.

Adams is a dangerous striker but he couldn’t really get going before departing for 14 to put North firmly in control.

That brought Cohen Turner (18) to the wicket to join junior Tom Burke (26) with the pair combining for a crucial 39-run partnership for the eighth wicket. 

Michael Westley (11 not out) and Casey Ferguson, who struck a six from his only delivery, added the finishing touches as West ended their 30 overs with a very competitive 9-162 but it wouldn’t be enough.

Sheppard was superb with 3-15 off six overs while Wilson also took two wickets for North.

The result ends West’s season while North stay alive and get the chance to complete a miraculous turnaround. Entering the final minor round they were last and required a double bonus point win to play finals, they did just that and are now into a grand final against the Warriors next week.

 

SCOREBOARD

North 8 for 163 (S. Staker 33, B. Martin 25, L. Hall 23,; J. Trengove 3-33, M. Adams 3-40) def West 9 for 162 (J. Meehan 26, T. Burke 26, H. Grose 24,; J. Sheppard 3-15, A. Wilson 2-30) by two wickets.

 

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