Monday, 19th January, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
A clinical display of fielding and a brutal innings from Matt Garrick has seen North stun West in the T20 final at the weekend.
The Bulldogs squeaked into the final with a one-wicket victory over Central earlier in the day, with Nathan Webb scrambling through for the winning run on the final ball of the penultimate match.
North then carried their adrenaline into the final against the Robins, sending their opponents into bat and applying plenty of pressure in the field.
West opener Tim Clarke fell early and the dangerous Paul Attard followed him in the 4th over, but by that stage the Robins already had a healthy 31 runs on the board.
Kyle Jelbert and Callum Rosewarn then settled in for an industrious 29-run partnership, lofting a number of fine shots as North captain Tobias Hack tinkered with his field in an attempt to outfox the pair.
Jordan Vella eventually broke through to claim the wicket of Jelbert, sparking the North field to step up the pressure and strangle their opposition.
Codie Howard and Lachie Harvey held spectacular diving catches in the outfield, and Tim Hunter fired a sharp throw to keeper Tony Tidball to catch Jordan Tonkin short of his crease.
The Robins sputtered to 7/77 and were all out for 95 in the final over despite some good resistance from Liam King.
North begun their run chase in shaky style, with Harvey run out by a brilliant long throw from Max Everuss and Hunter trapped LBW by Brenton Malthouse to leave the Dogs at 2/9 in the fifth over.
Brendon Martin defended resolutely and made handy partnerships with Hack and Howard, but when he fell in the 13th over North had just 55 runs on the board at a cost of five wickets.
Matt Garrick then righted the ship with some lusty hitting, blasting 34 from 23 balls including three sixes in a match-winning partnership with Vella (9).
The Bulldogs passed the Robins’ total in the 18th over to record a four-wicket win.
After the match Hack said it was pleasing to see an even contribution from the team, rather than relying on individual brilliance from Codie Howard to secure the win.
The team’s diligent application in the field was also a highlight, he said.
“A lot gets said about Codie making our runs, but I think this shows we have more depth than people might have thought,” he said.
“You look at Matt Garrick, it’s his first games of As for the year and he comes out and makes runs, and Jordan Vella just keeps getting better and better each week and is starting to step up with the bat as well as the ball.
“And our fielding was good, it’s something we’ve worked really hard on and it’s starting to show. The energy in the field is up and.. we can probably restrict teams a bit better.”
Earlier A-Grade matches:
North 9/88 (20 overs) (Jordan Vella 25, Tobias Hack 15; Brett Hannon 3/6) defeated Central 87 (20 overs) (Jarrod Paull 37, Jason Maalste 14; Codie Howard 3/7, Chase Johnson 2/18) by one wicket.
West 2/76 (8.1 overs) (Kyle Jelbert 30, Tim Clarke 25 not out) defeated South 9/73 (20 overs) (Tyson Boland 47; Peter Christos 5/7, Liam King 2/19) by eight wickets.
Warriors 2/231 (20 overs) (W. Bergman 112 not out, C. West 58, C. Caldwell 22 not out; P. Ali 2/38) defeated South 101 (19.2 overs) (P. Ali 35; W. Cowie 2/25, W. Bergman 2/6, C. Caldwell 2/14) by 130 runs
West 8/110 (20 overs) (D. McInerney 50; J. Carpenter 4/14) defeated North 62 (18.4 overs) (R. Harris 21; C. Minett 2/4, H. Grose 2/7) by 48 runs