Last-gasp draw in rain
SYDNEY North had to rely on a last-ball wicket to salvage an unlikely draw with Mackillop in a second-round match of the rain-interrupted NSW Primary School cricket championships in Lismore yesterday.
The defending titleholders were looking down the barrel of an early dampener for back-to-back championships when Mackillop levelled their innings of 113 with three wickets in hand on the second-last ball of the 50-over match at Richards Oval.
But the elusive last-ball victory went into the gloves of Sydney North’s wicketkeeper off a sharp nick thanks to a fine spell of left-arm medium paced bowling from Jamie Brien, who finished the day with 3-21.
It was bitter disappointment for the Mackillop side which had withstood an impressive start by the titleholders and then restricted them in the field.
Sydney North’s openers Matthew Corish and Liam O’Farrell put on an unbeaten 30 before Mackillop made its move, only to finish on 8-113.
Steady overnight rain forced three of the seven matches to be switched to alternative fields yesterday morning and reduced the main Oakes Oval clash between South Coast and Combined Independent Schools (CIS) to 45 overs.
But it didn’t stop first-drop Western batsman Alex Johnston swathing a faultless 106 runs to set Polding a virtual impossible task on the rescheduled Rec 9 oval.
Johnston came to the crease at 1-9 and was still unbeaten with his side on 9-183 at the end of their 50 overs.
His innings included seven fours.
Polding was never in the hunt thanks to a fine spell of leg spin from Lachlan Sharp who wrecked their chase with a spell of 3-7.
At Oakes Oval South Coast lost only five wickets in their chase of 8-136 set by CIS.
Sydney South West upset North Coast’s promising start to the championship at Blair Oval when they needed only seven wickets to overcome their target of 120, while at Arthur Park Sydney West lost only three wickets in reaching 116 to pass Riverina’s meagre 8-114.
The two remaining games were low scoring affairs with Sydney East (3-67) beating Barrier (66) at Nesbitt Oval while Hunter fell 12 runs short in their chase of North West’s 98 at Mortimer Oval.