Battersby’s seven wickets sinks Manypeaks’ season
A remarkable bowling performance from North County veteran Glen Battersby has guided the Bulldogs to a tense 20-run victory against Manypeaks in the Albany Cricket Association A-grade preliminary final at Hard North on Saturday.
After a solid batting display from County, led by Harry Broomhall, saw them post a challenging target of 204, Battersby took a number of crucial wickets and finished with figures of 7-40 as Manypeaks were bowled out for 184 in the last over to book County a spot in the grand final.
The Bulldogs’ innings got off to the perfect start as Michael Ferreira and Craig Tonkin carved out a 43-run partnership at a decent clip, before Tonkin edged a Brendan Grogan ball through to the keeper.
Grogan then snared the wickets of Michael and Matthew Ferreira in his next over to have County in trouble at 3-50 after 11 overs.
A brief stand between Neil Ferreira and Gary McGlade came unstuck when Ferreira was caught and bowled off Todd Jefferis to leave County at 4-84 in the 19th over. McGlade was eventually dismissed by Peaks captain Craig Sinclair after a handy 33 runs.
Aaron Williams went cheaply soon after, bringing Harry Broomhall and Graeme Weinert together in the middle with County in a dangerous position at 6-120 with 20 overs to play.
The pair put on a gutsy 65-run partnership that shored up County’s innings, Broomhall was eventually out off the bowling of Myles O’Meehan after knocking a vital 60 runs.
Weinert then hung around to bat out the innings and finished on 34 not out as County posted a daunting chase of 204. Grogan finished with figures of 3-26.
Peaks openers Ryan Kinnear and Langley Angel got their team off to a patient start as they produced 46 runs from the first 16 overs before Kinnear lost his wicket courtesy of some clever fielding from wicket keeper Neil Ferreira.
Michael Ferreira was brought into the attack and claimed Angel’s wicket with his third ball to bring Peaks captain Craig Sinclair and Wade Anning together at the crease.
The duo notched a 54-run partnership before Battersby claimed his first wicket of the afternoon when Sinclair was caught and bowled for 37. Anning struggled to find a steady partner as Battersby ripped through Peaks’ middle order; however, the scoreboard kept ticking over and with five overs remaining, Peaks needed 41 runs for victory with three wickets in hand.
But Battersby struck twice more in the final overs to see Peaks all out for 184, ensuring County progress to the grand final.
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