Cricketers claim victory

December 28, 2017

Matt Jackson

Matt Boyd and Kerry Bain

Angus Robertson takes a catch in the outfield.

Finley Cricket Club celebrated long into the night on Saturday after defeating the Finley footballers in the second annual grudge match.

In a thrilling game of 20-20 played at the Finley cricket ground, the cricketers snuck home by six runs.

This was the first win for the cricketers, with the footballers collecting the inaugural cup last year.

Event organiser and cricketer Pete Magill said it was a big win for the club.

‘‘This was a game we really wanted to win,’’ he said after the match.

‘‘We were under a lot of pressure after the footballers beat us last year, so it was good to get one back.’’

The cricketers batted first, scoring 179 runs thanks mainly to Cameron Isedale, Daniel McHugh and Daniel Hibberd who slogged plenty of deliveries to the shortened boundaries.

The footballers couldn’t seem to get it together early in their innings due to the tight bowling of Matt Wilson, James Midson and Marcus Jackson.

Rhett Armstrong ensured the footballers were in with a chance with some powerful hitting late in the innings.

But the footballers eventually fell short, scoring 173.

Adding to the atmosphere, a strong crowd of more than 100 people turned out for the game at the Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre.

‘‘It was a great way to get plenty of people together and wind down just before Christmas,’’ Magill said.

‘‘There was plenty of good friendly banter going on out in the field as well.’’

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