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Burkies win a thriller

Thursday, 13th December, 2012

Padric Attard’s unbeaten 32 was key to Burke Ward chasing down their victory target of 98. Padric Attard’s unbeaten 32 was key to Burke Ward chasing down their victory target of 98.

By Ben Sheffield

Burke Ward have been crowned the junior hardball champions for the season, after defeating Sacred Heart/Central in the weekend's Grand Final.

Burke Ward won the toss on what was a steamy morning and chose to field, which saw Dwyer and Robertson stride out to open the batting for Sacred Heart/Central.

The Burke Ward opening bowlers of Hastwell and Trengove started with great line and length and kept the runs conceded to a minimum.

After Robertson fell for two, Scurrah came to the crease and the run rate started to increase.

But soon after, he was hit in the arm by a waist high full toss from Attard and had to retire hurt on nine.

This saw the quick dismissal of four wickets, with only Hawke (11) offering any real support to Dwyer, who continued to push the run rate along.

When Dwyer retired unconquered on 33, Scurrah bravely returned to the crease with an arm guard for support.

Although scoring only four more runs, Scurrah was in obvious discomfort and both teams applauded his bravery.

Sacred Heart/Central finished their innings on 7 for 97 and the stage was set for a great finish.

For Burke Ward, Paddrick Attard collected three wickets and Charlie Hastwell conceded only seven runs off his five overs.

After the break, Burke Ward openers Trengove and Stuart came to the crease to face the opening bowlers; Defranchesci and Murray.

The pressure was on early and runs were again hard to be found, with Trengove getting run out in the second over.

Progress was slow, and with 10 overs to play Burke Ward were 3 for 43, with the patient Attard on 20 and Hastwell on 3.

Attard and Hastwell came out after drinks knowing the run rate had to be increased and Attard retired shortly after for 32 well earned runs.

This brought Saxon Luke to the crease, requiring a run rate that no one from either side had been able to sustain all day.

Saxon swung the bat with great control, hitting three fours and the only six for the day in the space of three overs to take the game away from Sacred Heart/Central.

Burke Ward scored the winning runs in the final over of the day, led by Hastwell (20) and Luke (21).

After the game, there was five balls donated for best players and they were awarded to the man of the match Saxon Luke, the dominant all rounders Paddric Attard and Charlie Hastwell from Burke Ward and Kane Dwyer and Zeb Scurrah from Sacred Heart/Central.

The Primary Cricket Association made a special award to Don and Maureen Campbell for their work in preparing the oval and running the canteen each week.

There was also special thanks given to the Secretary of the Primary Association, Lyndal Walker, for her tireless work each week.

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