Oriental Bulls produced a nail-biting win against Kelly’s Irish Pub on Saturday as they edged them out by just two runs.
The Bulls won the toss and decided to bat first, posting a total of 148 in 38 overs.
Michael (13) and Oscar Mahon (26) put together a 26-run partnership to kick things off, before Jack Lawson (34) got started on a team-best knock.
Things went south for Bulls after Lawson fell at 5-105 as Greg Lawson (24) and Tim Rava (0) were sent packing in quick succession, leaving Oriental at 7-113 with less than ten overs to go.
11 sundries helped the Bulls along the way but they got little contribution from the back end of their batting order as none of the final five cracked 20 runs.
Dominic Lynn (17 not out) stood firm at the death, giving his side its final few runs –which wound up being the difference.
After lunch, Kelly’s took hold of the bat and were in great stead thanks to a big opening knock from Josh Edwards (48), followed by a Chris Killeen (24) dig that left Kelly’s at 4-120 with eight overs left.
Despite being in pole position for the home stretch, Jack Lawson (3/35) would have the last laugh as he dismissed D Martin (14) and Gary Wright (4).
It came down to the final over for Palembini (4) and Acres (4) as they both stood at the crease but weren’t able to get their team over the line, falling short by two runs.
Paragon Pumps Home Decor
The Paragon Hawks dismantled Home Decor on Saturday as they easily mowed down 98 runs to win by eight wickets.
Home Decor won the toss and chose to bat first, starting with a decent head of steam at 3/69.
Josh Brabender’s (46) heroics were the only highlight from the first innings as he was the solitary Decor batsman to crack the 25-run mark.
Gary Page opened for Home Decor and put his side under immediate pressure after being dismissed for a duck by Jeremy Yeo (2/13).
Jack Parker (3/20) stood out for Paragon before lunch as he took three scalps in as many overs.
Home Decor was all out for 98 after 26 overs, leaving the Hawks in a handy spot for a run hunt.
N King (42) opened for Paragon after lunch and almost cracked half of the required total on his own, before T Ward (35 not out) got into a groove that would last the entire match.
J Toohey (22 not out) saw the match out with Ward as the Hawks tracked down the total in 12 overs to cruise home by eight wickets.