Monday, 20th January, 2014
By Ethan James
For only the second time in two seasons, the South cricket club have been able to celebrate a win on a Saturday evening.
The ‘Roos toppled North in a drama-filled match that went right down to the wire.
The match could have easily gone either way in the dying stages with South’s final wicket partnership of Green and Lovett scrambling through for victory in the 32nd over.
What made the climax even tenser was confusion over the scoring, with players and fans in the stands not exactly clear on when the match had been won.
In the scramble for runs, it turns out South finished three runs past the North total of 151.
But regardless of exactly when the winning runs were hit, South all-rounder Vandenheuval was overjoyed with the result.
“We don’t get too many wins so it was great to get over the line if only just,” he said.
After losing two early wickets, Vandenheuval (38) shared a 70 run partnership with Sheldon Hall (42) that proved the backbone South chase.
But when the leg spin of Tobias Hack removed Vandenheuval and Hall fell shortly after to Brett Johnson, South were in trouble at 5/113.
However, some lusty swinging from Lawrence Hebbard, who connected with one massive straight six, helped his team closer to an unlikely result.
North continued to push for wickets but the last stand Green and Lovett kept the ball out to get South over the line with some astute running between the wickets.
South’s last win also came against North in the final round of the 2012/13 season.
In the other A Grade fixture, Central capitalised on a weakened West batting order to register a 139 run win at Alma Oval.
Batting first, the Robins were put under pressure by West and slumped to 6/91 in the 24th over.
But a century stand from Justin Heath and Brett Hannon saved the day for the competition leaders.
The pair put on a 104 run partnership with Hannon finishing on 44.
Heath went agonisingly close recording a milestone before he was bowled by Jason Maalste for 95 in the final over.
Some lower order hitting from Ed McInnes (19 not out) then helped the Robins to 8/244.
In response, West’s run chase never got going and only three batsmen registered double figures, with number ten Sean Wilson top scoring with 27.
Backing up his performance with the bat, Hannon opened with the ball and removed Kieren Slee and Rhett Collins in quick fashion.
But the best figures were those of David O’Malley, who bowled two maidens to finish with 4/18.
There will be no cricket played on Saturday, January 25 due to the Australia Day weekend.
The league is holding a meeting at the Tydvil Hotel on Tuesday night from 7pm.
A Grade Points Table (after eleven rounds): Central 73, West 46, North 23, South 10.