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Ball dominates bat

Wednesday, 27th January, 2021

(Left) Codie Howard, Daniel Milne and Tobias Hack prepare to make a catch. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson (Left) Codie Howard, Daniel Milne and Tobias Hack prepare to make a catch. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

Broken Hill has beaten Red Cliffs by 11 runs in a low scoring affair at Alma Oval on Sunday.

Red Cliffs captain Luke Collett won the toss and decided to have a bowl first with the hot weather forecast thinking it might be best to get the fielding out of the way early.

His decision paid off with Mackenzie Attard knicking off for 0 to a fantastic catch that bounced off the wicket keepers gloves only to be snatched just off the ground at second slip.

North pair Codie Howard (15) and Tobias Hack (6) tried to consolidate but both fell with the score on 21.

Matt Reavill played a lone hand whilst the other batters fell around him. 

Scott Mateer being the only other batsman to make double figures.

Reavill and Mateer put on an innings high 32-run partnership before Mateer was caught for 10 and Reavill was adjudged lbw for 29; only one run later.

Broken Hill limped to what was thought to be a sub par score of 81; being bowled out inside 26 overs.

Lachlan Rohde was Red Cliffs’ best bowler with figures of 4 for 33 while Scott Clark was economical with a return of 2 for 12 off 6 overs.

Needing early wickets, Lawrence Hebbard was thrown the ball first and he delivered with wickets in his second and third over to have Red Cliffs 2 for 8. 

Casey Ferguson was unlucky not to pick up a wicket as he beat the bat on numerous occasions.

The games momentum swung back and forward one the next 15 overs.

Red Cliffs middle order batter Shannon Bowen playing a great innings putting away the full ball through the covers and anything short for 4.

At the second drinks, Red Cliffs looked certain to win the match being 5 for 60 needing a further 22 runs. 

But cricket has a funny way of turning games very quickly. 

Mateer was given the ball and had the dangerous Bowen caught on the boundary by Jordan Vella for a well made 32.

Vella then backed up his efforts in the field with two wickets in the next over to have the Red Cliffs lower order scurrying around to find their pads and gloves and run to the middle.

Mateer again delivered when he had Travis Landells caught done then leg side by keeper Hack, the score now 9 for 70. 

A tense couple of balls saw a few plays and misses by the Red Cliffs 10 and 11 but when Vella wrapped Peter Jory on the pads; umpire Brendon Martin has no hesitation to raise his finger and game was over with Red Cliff all out for 70.

A fantastic comeback from Broken Hill taking the last 5 wickets for 1 run in 16 balls.

Hopefully this is a tradition that continues well into the future with the plans of a return game in Red Cliffs already being organised.

Speaking with the captain of the Broken Hill side Tobias Hack after the game, he was pleased with the result. 

“All the guys wanted to win, even with the game slipping away they all bought in that it was only going to take a wicket or two to change the game,” he said. 

“All of the players were really appreciative of the opportunity to represent Broken Hill, it’s also shows the talent of cricketers in town to pull off a win like this.”

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