Echuca wins a heart-stopper against Moama in dramatic last over win.GEORDIE COWAN December 16, 2013 4:47am
Echuca defeated Moama in a thriller to reach the final four of the Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 competition.
Playing at Victoria Park on Thursday night, Echuca needed 11 runs off the final Graeme Mitchell over.
The team lost its eighth wicket on the first ball of the over and with Shaun Hon and Brendan Moyle at the crease, the equation came down to seven runs off two balls.
Hon then struck a boundary to make it three runs off one ball, before five wides saw Echuca squeeze home by two wickets.
Earlier, a 55-run opening partnership between Mark Scholes (23) and Cameron Parker (32) gave Moama a good start after they won the toss and batted.
Kyle Phipps (13), Kirk Teasdale (20) and Glen McFadden (15 not out) helped the visitors as they reached 6/138 from their 20 overs.
Nick Dolan took 1/15 from his four overs, while Brendan Moyle impressed with the wickets of Parker and Phipps to finish with 2/18 from three overs.
In reply, Andrew Beaumont fell early to an economic Phipps (1/14), before Leitchville-Gunbower import Tyler Jones (40 off 26) and Taylor Beard (35 off 26) set Echuca on its way.
The pair put on 87 runs in 59 balls, before a dramatic over from Scholes (3/29) changed the direction of the game as he removed both established batsmen and the dangerous Adam Jones.
Still needing 42 runs from the last six overs and five wickets in hand, Echuca scrounged its way towards the target before the dramatic final over.
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The Flames batted first and scored 5/178 from their 20 overs, led by Daniel Kent (70) and Mooroopna recruit Brenton Campbell (56 not out).
In reply, Michael Hill (39), Sam Nelson (32) and Robbie O’Donnell (21) tried hard but the team finished on 7/138.
■ Rochester United prevailed by 17 runs in an entertaining match against Tongala on Thursday.
Two early wickets had United on the back foot, but a slashing innings from Adrian Pappin (55) brought United back to the fore.
Helpful knocks from Tim Bubb (15), Hamish Hooppell (13), Sam Frawley (20) and Steve Rasmussen (23 not out) saw the team finish on 6/155, with Andrew Good (2/24), David Currie (1/23) and Brendan McGrath (1/21) the best for the Blues.
Tongala made a terrific start in its reply with a 73-run partnership between Chris Hamilton (22) and an aggressive Ben Scowen (51).
However, two sensational catches from Nick O’Connor halted the visitor’s momentum and they struggled to find the runs to put United under pressure, despite the efforts of Darin Ohlsen (16) and Adam Nunn (38 not out) as the team scored 4/138.
Jesse Cuttriss finished with 3/28 from four overs, while Pappin and Liam Ringin restricted the run scoring.
■ The last quarter-final saw the Rochester Tigers too strong for Stanhope.
Tim Maxfield’s return helped the Tigers, claiming 3/19 and scoring 34 as the team won by six wickets in the 12th over.
Brett Bunfield (25 not out), Braeden Stokes (22) and Tyler Larkin (19) were the only highlights for the Lions with the bat as they were bowled out for 97.
Jake Wright (2/37) and Matt Stokes (2/20) were the other main wicket-takers, while Grant Wachter (1/12) and Adam Ward (1/8) were economical.
Ward was the only other batsman to have a big impact on the game, finishing on 45 not out for the Tigers, while Larkin took two of the four wickets during the run chase.
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