Games go down to the wire

Clash of the Codes was once again postponed after heavy rain on Thursday night left the turf wicket too wet to prepare. The match has been shifted to this Friday night.

Round 13 was played under perfect cricket conditions with two matches played with the Cooma Cannons forfeiting their match against the Cats which now leaves the Cannons in a position where they may be excluded from their last three rounds of the competition. The Cannons' fate will be decided at a meeting at the Alpine Hotel on Tuesday night.

The much anticipated match between Jindabyne and Berridale at the Station Resort took a pre-match hit as several key players from both sides pulled out of the encounter. The loss of the key players did little to effect the match as the match went down to the last overs with Jindabyne all out 146 defeated Berridale all out 142 in the 42nd over. In the match between Coffeys and the Alpine it also went down to the wire as Coffeys 8/131 snuck home against a gutsy Alpine team all out 130 with a few balls to spare.

Competition ladder:

Jindabyne 86

Cooma Cats 83

Coffeys 81

Berridale 75

Alpine 47

Jindabyne v Berridale

With both teams missing key players Berridale won the toss and elected to bowl under warm conditions on a heavy outfield. A slow but solid start against some good line and length bowling from the young Berridale quicks saw Jindabyne progress to 48. L. Redmond (3/18) dismissed C. Stevens (21) with a short ball catching his glove providing a simple catch for L. Taylor. Jindy's middle order collapsed against some quality spin bowling from A. Hayes (2/17) and Redmond's medium pace did the bulk of the damage. K. Oliver batted at six and provided another innings saver for Jindy with some solid hitting before holing out at deep mid on for a quick fire 36. With the tail in site Berridale let the foot off the pedal and the tail put on a handy 31 led by M. Lowe who grafted out 16 before J. Mugridge (3/22) was brought back into the attack and polished off the tail. Jindy were all out for 146.

Berridale got off to a shaky start with the Jindy opening bowlers hitting good lines and providing many chances which the Jindy fielders put down. Berridale scrapped their way to 48 with Jindy putting down some nine chances before M. Lowe (3/36) removed A. Hayes (21). Berridale went to the drinks break at 2/57 with the match evenly poised. Hearn (52) was starting to get some rhythm but was still being assisted by some sloppy Jindy fielding as the missed chances got to nine from Hearn alone.

At 4/96 with 15 overs to go Berridale was looking comfortable but to Jindy's credit they stuck to the task and the wicket's started to fall at regular intervals.

At 7/136 and four overs to go with J. Parkyn (18) looking very comfortable and being supported by A Bruce (9) the game started to swing back in Berridale's favour until Parkyn was trapped in front off the bowling of M. Redmond (1/31). With Jindy now well into the tail M. Lowe and Redmond had the task of finishing off the match. With Berridale requiring 11 off three overs a couple of lusty blows could win the match for Berridale. M. Lowes first ball of the 42nd over was smashed to the mid wicket boundary by A. Bruce just falling short of a six, the field was changed with Jindy trying to protect the boundaries Lowe sent down another short ball which A Bruce hit deep into mid wicket again but unfortunately for Berridale straight down the throat of the deep mid wicket fielder. Three balls later Lowe finished the match removing the number 11's middle stump providing Jindy with a memorable five run come from behind victory.

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