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DTB goes out with a bang

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

Dan ter Braak raises the bat after scoring 117 not out in his last game. PICTURE: Gloria Hack Dan ter Braak raises the bat after scoring 117 not out in his last game. PICTURE: Gloria Hack

By Dont Mind That

Dan ter Braak left a lasting impression on the NBHCC with one of the best individual games seen in Broken Hill for a long time in his final game for the club.

The day didn’t start as planned with stand in skipper Jordan Vella first of all losing the toss, and then after being sent in, caught down the leg side off the very first ball of the game.

Tommy Carruthers joined Dan ter Braak in the middle and they added 23 together before Tom was bowled for 14. Wilson came and went for 1 and we were 3/48 after 12 overs.

This brought Anthony Tidball to the crease and he set himself to play the perfect supporting role to Dan as the knocked the ball around, running well between the wickets and punishing anything short or wide. 

Dan passed 50 before Tidball was dismissed for 28 after putting on a great stand of 87 with DTB.

Dan carried on his merry way in his final innings for the club before leaving for work, as he plundered 14 fours and 1 six to bring up his maiden century for the NBHCC. He finished on 117*, carrying his bat and eventually guiding us to 7 for 199 from 40 overs. Others to contribute were Victory (4), Deacon (4) and BL Martin (4*).

Dan’s work was not done here though. Needing to bowl South out for under 99 to secure a double bonus point for a chance of pinching top spot (so we thought) the Doggies took to the field full of energy and knowing the job at hand.

Davey and Wilson opened up, with both bowling tight opening spells before Snags had his first wicket, caught in the slips by Chase Johnson.

Then came a cheeky bowling change that would change the course of the contest.

On 15 and starting to look settled, South’s premier batsman Sheldon Hall was not expecting his younger brother Luke to be standing at the top of his run up waiting to have his first bowl of the season in A Grade. Sure enough, second ball Luke had his brother out LBW, claiming bragging rights for the next little while.

After this the decision to bring spin into the contest was made and ter Braak and Vella came on for a trundle.

It didn’t surprise anyone when Dan took wickets with his first 2 deliveries, and when he followed up with 3 more over the next 4 overs he had completed the cricketing double - a hundred and a five wicket haul in the same game. Not a bad way to farewell the club as he finished with 5 for 27.

Vella bowled tightly in tandem with DTB, finishing with 2/4 from a 5 over spell which included 4 maidens. Davey (0/7 off 4) Wilson (1/14 off 4) Johnson (0/9 off 2) and of course Luke Hall (1/17 off 2) were the other bowlers to roll the arm over.

A brilliant effort by our boys in the field to bowl South out for just 81.

In closing we would like to thank Dan J Ter Braak for his services to the Cricket Club over the past two seasons and although it’s unfortunate he has to leave us at the pointy end of the season we can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for us this year - 469 runs & 22 wickets is one hell of a season and you’ll be missed, mate.

After the game we were informed that we had snuck into top spot by 0.03%, only to be told later on in the evening that there had been a miscalculation from the league and we had in fact finished second by 0.01%. Very anticlimactic for the boys but we are ready for a big semi final against South at the Alma on Saturday.

We invite all of our supporters to come out and get loud as we look to make our third straight grand final.

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