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North win in a nail-biter

Monday, 22nd December, 2014

North’s Tobias Hack steamed in with the new ball and finished with four wickets. North’s Tobias Hack steamed in with the new ball and finished with four wickets.

By Ethan James

 North used a few of their nine lives at the Jubilee Oval at the weekend, holding on to beat West by the slimmest of margins.

The Bulldogs secured a three-run win but it wasn’t without a few tense moments. 

“There were a few grey hairs,” North skipper Tobias Hack said.

“They were in a really good position to win the game I thought.”

Chasing 218 for victory, West appeared to be cruising at 5/200, only requiring 18 runs for victory with four batsmen still in the stands.

However, it all went pear shaped when Jordan Tonkin was caught and bowled by Hack.

The Robins lost 5/14 to be bowled out three runs short of Central’s total. 

Off-spinner Jordan Vella claimed two LBWs at the death.

“I thought he was our best with the ball, he bowled about eight overs straight after the second drinks break,” Hack said. 

Hack took four wickets himself but admitted he used the ‘captain’s prerogative’ in taking the new ball.

However, he was worried that his efforts late in the innings had cost his team the game.

He went 19 runs of his final two overs, after conceding just 14 in his first seven. 

“I actually thought I lost the game for us.”

“Myself and Codie (Howard) had a few up our sleeves towards the end and I thought I’d bring myself on.

“But they started hitting a few boundaries, and I thought we’d let it slip.”

But North did enough, running out West number eleven Scott Wilson in the final over.

Hack said he expects to do more bowling with the new cherry when the season resumes in January.

North are a little short on pace options, with key man Chase Johnson on the sidelines.

“I will bowl if I have to,” he said. 

“Chase is the one in our side with the most pace... hopefully he can get a few more games for us after the break.”

Earlier, North’s three top order players did the damage with the bat.

Codie Howard went within two runs of a century, while openers Mick Moritz (44) and Lachlan Harvey (34) also contributed strongly.

Harvey was forced to leave the field due to illness but returned later in the innings.

In the West innings, Max Everuss hit his second fifty of the season and was unlucky not to go on and make a hundred. 

The win sees the Bulldogs draw closer to second place. 

“We probably should have gone close to beating Central last week and to get this win now is a great boost going into Christmas,” Hack said. 

A Grade Points Table (after ten rounds) Central 52, West 47, North 36, South 9.

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