Peaks triumph in final over thriller

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Manypeaks' Harry Broomhall claimed six wickets.
Camera IconManypeaks' Harry Broomhall claimed six wickets. Credit: Laurie Benson

Manypeaks have secured a thrilling two-wicket win off the second-last ball of their clash with Royals in round eight of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition, as Myles O’Meehan bobbed up to be the hero with the bat.

Set 154 to win by the Lions, the required run rate hovered at around three an over for Peaks for almost the entire innings, but late wickets and tight bowling ensured the result went down to the wire as O’Meehan hit the winning runs.

Peaks were in control after important knocks from Harry Broomhall (34), Dom O’Reilly (15) and Ryan Kinnear (24), but when Mitch Green removed Charlie Walters and Dylan Holt next over was a wicket-maiden he crashed through Kinnear’s defences — things got interesting.

Royals' Ted Batchelor drives.
Camera IconRoyals' Ted Batchelor drives. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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With 30 balls left Peaks needed 24 runs to win with three wickets in hand; however, O’Meehan and keeper Tim Shephard combined to put on 27 runs and draw their side closer to victory.

Needing seven to win from the final 12 balls, Peaks were in the box seat and O’Meehan hit Holt’s first ball of the 49th over for two.

Shephard was caught short of his ground on the fourth ball and Holt bowled five dot balls to leave Peaks with five to win off six balls.

Lions youngster Ted Batchelor bowled the last over and O’Meehan and then Tom Sutherland worked singles to start the 50th.

Royals' Ted Batchelor acknowledges teammates after making a half century.
Camera IconRoyals' Ted Batchelor acknowledges teammates after making a half century. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Two dots from Batchelor left Peaks needing three to win off two balls and O’Meehan blasted a lofted drive down the ground that raced to the boundary as he got his side home with one ball to spare.

O’Meehan’s saving innings of 23 runs from 25 balls was crucial along with a 52-run stand between Aran Tilbury and Broomhall that set the platform for the successful chase. Marcus Mellon finished with 2-13 and Jack Hastie claimed 2-32 but the Lions were left to rue bowling 23 wides.

The Lions recovered from 3-37 to make 153, mainly thanks to young pair Batchelor and Digby Nuthall.

Batchelor scored his maiden A-grade half-century, with an impressive 55 from 78 balls that included six boundaries while Nuthall ground out 43 at the top, as they put on 84 together.

Broomhall though was the antagonist against his former side, clean bowling six Lions batsmen as he ran through their lower order to bowl them out in the 46th over.

Royals' Digby Nuthall swings and misses off Manypeaks' Ryan Kinnear.
Camera IconRoyals' Digby Nuthall swings and misses off Manypeaks' Ryan Kinnear. Credit: Albany Advertiser

He finished with 6-31 off 7.2 overs, including the prize wicket of Mitch Green for just four.

Over at Turf South, Railways cruised to a double bonus-point win over North County thanks to a terrific innings from captain Zane Marwick.

He made 82 from 85 balls and was the only player to make a half-century in the game as his side made 6-218 batting first.

The Tigers won by 167 runs after Coen Marwick took 4-22 and import Hasnain Nawaz chipped in with three wickets as the Bulldogs crumbled to be all out for 51 with only Jayden Drew and James Plowman reaching double figures in the loss.

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