2014-02-18Freeling Waterhens – Community Crickets T20 champions
By Peter Argent
Hope Valley, which had won the metro section of the T20 titles earlier in the day, chasing 112, required seven runs from the final three balls against Freeling, after Ben Parish just bowled a wide.
With a single ball remaining Hope Valley needed a six for victory or a boundary to take the game to a super over. But in his final delivery, Parish only gave up two runs and the Freeling boys rejoiced euphorically, as they won the Community Cricket T20 title.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Freeling posted a competitive 112 runs from 19 overs in the state final.
Sam Carmichael made a disastrous start, the opener run out without scoring. Robert Montgomery (24) and Ian McMillan (20) were solid in the middle order but it was late hitting by Lachlan Heinrich (30) that saw the total reach a respectable 112.
Requiring 113 to win, Hope Valley lost openers McNally (10) and Wilkins (1) cheaply.
Jarrad Sykes (21) and Greg Jerme (29) built a handy partnership to have their side on track until both batsmen were bowled by Robert Montgomery (2/11).
Montgomery’s four overs restricted the runs while Parish chipped in with 2/19 from his three overs.
In the middle of the day, Freeling took on the Millicent Footballers CC in the country final and proved too good for the team from the South East.
Batting first, Millicent made a steady start before opener Jason Barnes (9) was dismissed by Parish (2/14).
Bronte Grosser (26) looked to hold things together for his side; however a steady flow of wickets restricted the total to just 84 runs.
Freeling made light work of the chase, Parish (27) and Raed Hannun (37 not out) guiding the team home in the ninth over.