Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One left to play.

Our MIGHTY 1st Grade side has it's final match this weekend against Old Boys. I am so proud of them, the way they played within the spirit of the game, the way they stuck together throughout the season, the way Dan Whale our Captain handled himself both on and off the field.There has been three highlights for me this season, which will stay with me forever. One of them was this one, it's worth remembering again. The "Big boys did us proud".

CITY United players chaired young batsman Michael Bellamy off No.1 Oval on Saturday night after he smashed the winning runs in a nail-biter against Old Boys in the Tamworth first grade.
The rest of the City players were on the edge of their seats in the pavilion as Bellamy and number 11 Aaron Dennis chalked off each run, but went berserk when Bellamy belted a boundary to win the game by a single wicket.
After rain on Friday night, the match started late and became a day-nighter but the wicket was still a sticky one and it provided a low-scoring but exciting contest.
Old Boys batted first and despite the top order making starts the innings honours went to the City bowlers. Dennis was the pick of them with 3- 15 from eight overs but Simon Toyer also made the most of the opportunity with 4-10 at the end. The other highlight of the innings was a brilliant catch by Toyer off Dennis at backward point to remove the dangerous Aaron Hazlewood.
“Jack McVey bowled well at the start and Aaron Dennis bowled a good spell in the middle and nipped a few out,” City skipper Dan Whale said. “Then Simon Toyer came on for a few and got the tail out.”
Chasing a small total, City could smell a third win for the season. After a shaky start to their inning, Daniel Lawrence decided the best approach against the tricky movement off the pitch was to go after the bowling and he hit 31 off 28 balls before coming unstuck when Norvill brought himself into the attack. The wickets continued to fall but the runs required were also reduced and when Bellamy joined Richie O’Halloran,the pair put on a careful but crucial 18 for the seventh wicket. Norvill struck twice in two balls to leave City 8-73 and this time it was captain Whale who added 18 with Bellamy for the ninth wicket before he departed with the score on 95.
That brought Dennis to the crease but the number 11 defended well and allowed Bellamy to score the runs. The right-hander got the score to within two runs of victory and then struck a lofted off drive to the fence to secure the win and take his own score to 31 not out from 62 balls. “Good batting from our lower order got us home in the end,” Whale said. “There were a couple of good partnerships and Dan Lawrence came in the middle and got us out of a hole. “Then Michael Bellamy batted really well. “It was what you needed to do, be patient and work hard. “You couldn’t go at the ball hard. “Both sides bowled well. “We knew it was going to be a low scoring game after the rain we had but going into it we just wanted to bat time and bat our overs out."


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