Colts take out Terranora Lakes
AN epic local cricket derby between South Tweed Colts and Terranora Lakes was decided on the second last ball of the day on Saturday.
A stoic, unbeaten knock from captain Jack Boote guided South Tweed to an unlikely victory and sent the clubhouse at Dave Burns Field into joyful celebrations.
Both teams had earmarked the match as a must-win as they attempted to stay in touch with the competition pace-setters as the season breaks for Christmas.
South Tweed Colts now sit in sixth position in the LJ Hooker League and Terranora Lakes have dropped to eighth.
Sent in to bat by Colts, Terranora amassed a respectable 8-188 off 40 overs, leaving the South Tweed batsmen with plenty of work to do.
In response, Colts’ top order collapsed, with the first three batsmen contributing just 21 runs.
Number four Paul Dhillon steadied the innings with 34 but it was Boote, batting at number six, who guided his young team to victory with an unbeaten 64.
As the rest of the batting line-up fell away around him, Boote found himself in a “spot of bother”, with a 57-run partnership needed from the 11th wicket for victory.
Tailender Ian Smith proved up to the task, knocking 21 runs in a vital partnership with his captain.
The thrilling match was decided in the last over of the day with Boote and Smith needing eight runs for victory.
Of the second ball, Boote smashed a four then picked up a single leaving Smith the task of hitting four runs off three balls.
An air-swing off the first delivery had Colts’ players on the edge of their seats but Smith wasn’t going to let the team down and dispatched the second-last ball of the day to the boundary.
“The club house and all the members erupted and the beers flowed,” Boote said.
“It was an absolute cliff-hanger, we were down and out with 15 overs to go and it was looking very unlikely for a win so when we managed to get there it was really good.
“Batting all the way down to number 11 really helped us out there.”
Boote said the match was a “surreal experience” and a great win to be a part of.
“The game was played in really good spirits and was hard fought right to the wire.”
“I am still smiling today.”
About his own knock, Boote said: “I am pretty happy, it was good to finally get some runs. I took it on my own shoulders to put stability in the middle order and I am pretty happy with how it all turned out.
“It was a vital win for us to get into the top six and get clear of eighth, ninth and 10th.”
Tom Dubelaar played an important role for Colts with the ball, taking 3-44 off eight overs.
“He bowled really good, it was a lovely spell,” Boote said.
“He is coming along in leaps and bounds.”
Jay Thompson and James Lewis picked up two wickets each.
Meanwhile, Cudgen also escaped with a narrow away victory over Brunswick Byron at Thompson Oval.
The home side were bowled out just six runs short of Cudgen’s total of 108, which was compiled for the loss of only four wickets in 26.3 overs.
Michael Anderson stood up for Cudgen with the ball, taking 5-30 off seven overs.
Pottsville’s dreadful season sunk to new levels of humiliation against Casino Golf Club Cavaliers, when the side was bowled out for just 21 runs in 13 overs.
Mark Goward (5) was the highest scorer in an innings that included seven ducks. It took Casino just 4.4 overs to reach the total.
The fixture between Murwillumbah and Lismore Workers at Rabjones Oval was abandoned after 58 overs.
Lismore batted first and scored 144 off 38 overs and Murwillumbah were at 4-98 off 20 overs when the match was called off as a draw.
No points were awarded for the match but neither team is in contention for the title.