After losing the toss, the 16 Whites batted first at Ford Oval. Some very good bowling from Glenelg saw 3 wickets fall early on, and our innings needed some rebuilding. Sam Lucas and Jack Read (17) steadied the ship with a 30 run partnership, and then Max Floreani (11) joined Lucas to add another 27 runs before he was bowled by one that kept low. At 5/69 in the 24th over, another solid partnership was required and Sam Lucas and Will Rice duly delivered. They kept the scoreboard ticking over with some good running between the wickets and put away any bad balls from the Glenelg bowlers. Rice was eventually out for 24 while trying to lift the run rate, before Sam Lucas was run out for a well-made 37. Some late hitting from Ben Belperio (13 not out) and Will Cowling (5 not out) took the final score to 7/140 from our 40 overs, which was a good effort after being 3/13.
Quick wickets would make this a difficult chase, but despite excellent opening spells from Max Monfries and Max Floreani, we couldn’t get the breakthroughs we were looking for. Mitch George and Ben Belperio continued to keep things tight, and at drinks Glenelg were 0/48 after 20 overs. Jack Konnis snared the first wicket thanks to a good running catch by Mitch George at deepish midwicket, but from there the 2 Glenelg batsmen stepped it up, and at 1/97 in the 29th over things were starting to get a little worrying. A superb piece of fielding from Jack Read created a run out, then Konnis took a caught & bowled next ball. 2 quick wickets to Will Cowling and another to Konnis reduced Glenelg to 6/107 and the match was evenly poised. Some lusty blows reduced the run chase down to Glenelg needing 16 runs to win off 5 overs, with 4 wickets in hand.
Ben Belperio came back into the attack and immediately took a wicket – 13 runs required off 4 overs, with 3 wickets remaining. Max Monfries and Belperio bowled well, but couldn’t get another wicket. The chase was down to 6 run needed off the last 2 overs, with still 3 wickets in hand. Glenelg were definitely in the box seat, but Monfries bowled a superb 39th over and only conceded 1 run. This left the last over in the hands of Ben Belperio – a wicket off the 1st ball was followed by 3 singles. 2 balls left, 2 runs to win, 2 wickets remaining. Belperio then took another wicket, leaving Glenelg with 2 runs to win off the last ball. Their number 11 swung and missed, the batsmen took off for the tying run and Liam Nichol coolly ran up and removed the bails to complete the run out and secure a nail biting victory. Wickets were shared between Ben Belperio 3/22 (8 overs), Jack Konnis 3/41 (8 overs) and Will Cowling 2/28 (6 overs), but there were also important spells from Max Monfries (0/9 from 8 overs) and Max Floreani (0/16 from 6 overs). The fielding was very sharp in the last 20 overs, and played a big part in the win. Overall, this was a fantastic effort from the whole team in a pressure situation!