PRIOR to the weekend’s final round of the one-day cricket season, Ex-Servicemen first grade captain Daniel Gleeson declared there was only a slim chance that his team would qualify for this weekend’s first grade one-day series final. But a slim chance is better than no chance, and as a weekend of first grade upsets unfolded Ex-Servo’s planets aligned and leapfrogged Nowra on the competition ladder, booking a one-day final showdown with Bomaderry this weekend.
Gleeson’s rain dance, performed a weekend earlier when his team had the bye, finally paid off when precipitation caused a one-hour stoppage in its match against Ulladulla. Run rate calculations were used to revise the required total to 161, and when Ex-Servicemen scored the winning runs, a loss by Nowra at the hands of Berry was needed to put them through to the decider.
Much to the horror of the Nowra fans, Berry’s marquee players Kerry Penfold and Ty Cherry took to the competition juggernaut with bat and ball to score a 55-run victory.
The biggest upset of the weekend belonged to the previously winless Bay and Basin team. Dave Rickwood and Jono Hill terrorised the Bomaderry top order before Rickwood returned with the bat and combined with Michael Labb to steer their side to a well deserved victory.
OVER AND OUT: Nowra’s Ben Lahene was one of Glen Brandon’s three victims as Nowra crashed to 112. Photo: ROBERT CRAWFORD
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