Goulburn Murray's younger team surprised many people in division two and almost claimed the title.GEORDIE COWAN January 28, 2014 4:25am
Goulburn Murray Cricket’s Colts team came within two wickets of capping off a remarkable couple of years at Bendigo Country Week.
Emu Valley reached the target of 233 runs on the first ball of the last over of the division two final, ending the Colts’ hopes of going from division three to division one since entering the competition last year.
The winner was ultimately benefited by the rain which shortened the match at Weeroona Oval with its short square boundaries.
Despite the loss, Colts coach Brayden Stone said it was a great week for the team.
‘‘To win three games and make the final went above and beyond my expectations, so I’m really proud of the kids today. They’ve done a great job,’’ he said.
Goulburn Murray middle-order batsman Ryan McMinn won the man of the match award after a superb innings of 71 not out.
He and Jesse Cuttriss (39 not out) put on 108 runs in the final 10 overs of their innings.
They finished the job opener Quade Albert set out to do, who scored a superb 67.
With a final score of 5/232, Emu Valley needed almost a run a ball but started the chase in confident fashion.
Making the most of some wayward bowling, Matt Dwyer (46) and Scott Ross put on 72 runs for the first wicket before Cuttriss (1/34) struck.
Approaching drinks, a spectacular one-handed catch from Quade Albert dismissed Alex Collins to give Goulburn Murray a needed wicket.
The dose was repeated just after the break when McMinn took a one-handed catch to remove Ross (58). Shannon Bish (2/38) took both wickets.
Andy Collins (33) and Daniel Chamberlain (38) kept up the run rate and appeared to be coasting at 3/173 with 12 overs remaining.
Kirk Teasdale (2/58), however, struck twice in an over.
A tremendous run-out by Mitch McMullan and a wicket to Josh Preston then reduced Emu Valley to 7/205 by the end of the 35th over.
A vital decision went against Cuttriss in the 38th over, with the team convinced Cameron Moore had nicked the ball to the keeper.
Moore rubbed salt into the wound with a boundary through point off the next ball.
The equation was reduced to seven runs off eight balls when wicketkeeper Brad Jones made a spectacular catch, running and diving back to dismiss Travis Nolan.
A boundary during Josh Preston’s over (2/58), however, left Emu Valley needing only two runs off the last over, which they accomplished on the first ball.
The side batted first after winning the toss, but only Justin Saker (48) and Jack Elliott (21) impressed with the bat as the team was bowled out for 127.
It lifted in its reply, with Bish the pick of the bowlers.
The opener took 4/16 from 14 overs against the bottom team, with Cuttriss (1/22) also economical from his 12 overs.
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