Warriors win with last ball boundary

Liam Durkin

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PLACES in the top four in Sale-Maffra cricket remain up for grabs following another weekend of competition.

Calculators could be coming out as the season heads toward the pointing end, as clubs decipher what needs to happen in order for them to feature in finals.

IT was pandemonium at Rosedale as the Warriors won an epic off the final ball of the day against Stratford.

Coming into the match with a finals-like approach, the win was significant on a number of fronts for Rosedale-Kilmany, as it also marked the second time the Warriors had defeated Stratford this season.

The Warriors bowled first upon losing the toss, and chased a fair amount of leather in the first session as Redbacks Cormac Hassett and Chris Aurisch put on 119 for the opening wicket.

Aurisch played with his naturally attacking flair before the Warriors struck a double-wicket blow against the flow of play.

In what was almost a reversal of what happened for the Redbacks in their game the previous week, Aursich’s departure for a 65-ball 70 was followed pretty much straight away by skipper Jack Rietschel to see Stratford lose 2-0.

Hassett and Lewis Bolton wrestled back some momentum, and put on 43 for the third wicket with Bolton contributing a handy 21.

Hassett went close to batting through the innings, and ended up top-scoring with a fine 75 as Stratford posted 7-197.

Rosedale-Kilmany threw the ball around to try and find an answer to the early Stratford onslaught, with eight bowlers used. Harry Tattersall ended with 3-15, while Craig Alcock (1-23) and Rohan Diamond (1-26) kept things relatively tight in the context of the game.

Rosedale-Kilmany opening batsman Theo Smith and Hayden Glover then set about laying the best platform for the Warriors to chase the required total.

The pair both got starts with the former making 23 and the latter 26. First drop Michael Walters also chipped in with 27 as Rosedale-Kilmany chewed away.

Stratford would have felt in control for the first half of the innings, and at the drinks break the comparative scores showed the Warriors 20 runs short of what the Redbacks were at the same time.

The Warriors’ two key batsman Rohan Diamond and Brad Scott knuckled down to get their team closer to victory and put on 67 for the fourth wicket.

Diamond and Scott calculated their approach and got the equation down to a more than gettable 48 from 60 balls.

Internally, the pair probably had thoughts of taking the chase as late as possible, but the wicket of Diamond for 38 in the 31st over halted momentum.

Having already taken 10 off the first two balls of the over, the match was once again turned on its head.

Scott batted for another five overs, as he and Cameron Freshwater fought for every run they could find. When Scott was dismissed for a 35-ball 43, the Warriors still needed a tricky 20 runs.

By this stage, Rietschel had turned to his two strike bowlers, Jonny Lash and Jack Wrigglesworth, to close out.

Freshwater and Harry Tattersall hit and ran and snuck a couple of handy leg byes to get the side within striking distance.

Freshwater’s departure was immediately followed by Craig Alcock, meaning number nine Dylan Rowley would have to face the music. Rowley scampered some singles as he and Tattersall got it down to the Warriors needing five runs from the final over.

Wrigglesworth was entrusted to deliver the final six balls, and executed a dot ball first up.

Rowley then got off strike with a single from the second, before Tattersall managed to get back for two off the third. Tattersall then tied the game with a single off the next ball, meaning Rowley would either have to try and find a gap or the pair would have to sprint a bye with two balls remaining.

Knowing what was at stake, Rowley did the right thing and tried to clear the field but was caught. Luckily for Rosedale-Kilmany the batsman crossed, meaning Tattersall would be on strike with one ball remaining.

Seizing his moment, Tattersall proceeded to win the game for Rosedale-Kilmany by hitting the final ball of the game to the fence to see the Warriors win a classic by two wickets.

Amazingly, before Tattersall’s heroics, Rosedale-Kilmany had not hit a boundary since the 32nd over.

Wrigglesworth (3-32), Lash (2-25) and Dylan Bolton (2-44) were the multiple wicket takers for Stratford.