Pride on the line for sides

February 10, 2018

Big wicket: Connor Holland heads to the sidelines after being caught for five.

Looking for boundaries: Rhiley Lau goes long during his innings of 13.

Big effort: Tim Braybon sends down some heat for Numurkah.

Central Park-St Brendan’s made it a winning end to the Twenty20 season, defeating Numurkah by 26 runs on Thursday.

With both sides out of the finals, it was pride on the line at Deakin Reserve.

And playing with freedom seemed to work for Tigers’ keeper Jack McCarten, who led his side with a brilliant 66 after Ramadan Yze won the toss and elected to bat.

McCarten opened with Connor Holland and while the wickets fell around him, he kept swinging for the fences.

He hit five fours and five sixes in the 47-ball innings, eventually caught off the bowling of Jordan Cleeland with the score on 4-103.

Brendan Scott (19 not out) and Andrew Lloyd (15 not out) added an unbeaten 39 for the fifth wicket as the Tigers finished with 4-142.

Cleeland was the pick of the bowlers with 3-15 off his three overs, continuing strong T20 form which has seen him take seven wickets at an average of 7.1.

Chasing 143, Numurkah opener Jahlan Lau was caught inside the first over for four; it was a sign of things to come for the Blues as they slumped to 4-39, behind the required run rate.

Liam Gledhill and Shaun Downie set about getting the side back on track with a 48-run stand, before Gledhill was trapped LBW for 20.

Downie went on with the job and was one of few Numurkah batsmen to push the pace, making 41 off 27.

But his run out ended the side’s chances, ending the 20 overs at 7-116.

It was the Tigers’ second T20 win in four games and, despite finishing second in the north central division, their campaign has ended.

Numurkah finished with the same 2-2 record but a poor net run rate meant it was little chance of progressing to the final even if results went its way.

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