BAY and Basin has been threatening to take a big scalp all year and on Saturday the Basin team outplayed competition leader Bomaderry to post its first win of the season.
While the outcome of the match had no bearing on the make-up of the one-day finals, Bomaderry was keen to stay at the top of the competition ladder to keep a gap between them and the fast approaching Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen team.
Basin won the toss but with the threat of rain in the air sent Bomaderry to the crease first.
Jono Hill and Dave Rickwood opened the bowling for Basin. Hill’s impact was immediate as Jarryd Sue found himself dismissed for a duck, followed by Travis Roth for one.
With Bomaderry at 2/10, Scott Fagerlund (15) tried to dig his heels in but David Rickwood started on his run toward 3/32 by dismissing the opener, followed in quick succession by Paul Sawkins (0) and Blake Munilla (11). When Jason Bell was sent packing without score and Nick Jennings followed for four, the Rickwood and Hill steam train had rolled over the Bomaderry top order who were reeling at 7/33.
Jordan Matthews (51) and Hugh Rigney (35) were determined not to let Bomaderry go down without a fight. The pair enjoyed a 69 run partnership that was finally broken when Michael Labb caught Rigney off Joel Lahene. Matt Bell followed (c B Labb b M Dolby) without adding to the score, and when Michael Labb claimed the half century making Mathews, Basin had held the competition leaders to just 130.
Jono Hill was best of the Basin bowling attack with 4/16, followed by Dave Rickwood (3/32). Brandon Labb took four catches while twin brother Michael claimed two.
Whatever talk Jordan Matthews had with himself during the change of innings it certainly worked. The youngster opened the bowling for Bomaderry with fire in his eyes ripping through the Basin top order as Brandon Labb (4), Heath Tan (6) Jono Hill (0) and Santino Battagliolo (14) all had no answer to his pace. When Trevor Roth took an outstanding catch off Jason Bell to dismiss Philip Leyshon (1), and Bell bowled captain Michael Dolby (8), it looked to be all over for Basin at 6/30.
Michael Labb had other ideas as he settled in on his way toward 46. Brad Miller was caught by Rigney off Matt Bell for 10, bringing David Rickwood in to join Labb. The pair embarked on a match saving half century partnership.
When Labb fell for 46 Basin was staggering to the line. Joel Lahene (5) supported Rickwood as long as he could but when he fell Basin was 9/128, just four runs from victory. Bomaderry could smell a victory as number 11 Chris Labb made his way to the centre. The experienced pair didn’t crack and Rickwood fittingly scored the winning runs in the 42nd over.
Jordan Matthews ended the day with 4/27 from nine overs to be the best for Bomaderry.
WINNING DIFFERENCE: Michael Labb claims the important wicket of Jordan Matthews and puts Basin on track for a great win with 46 valuable runs. Photo: ROBERT CRAWFORD
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