Macquarie skipper Tim Lloyd takes an aggressive approach to this delivery during his innings of 17 against CYMS at No 3 Oval on Saturday.Miracles don’t happen in every cricket match, just ask the CYMS players who were beaten in the last over by Macquarie on Saturday.
Two weeks ago Dave McAlister belted a six off the last ball of the match to give CYMS a fairytale victory over Souths.
This time CYMS needed 12 off the last over against the Blues but only scored 10 despite Mark Roberts belting Mark Reichelt over the fence on the fourth ball.
Reichelt said it was a good match to win with the last over as exciting as it gets.
Macquarie scored 6-189 early in the afternoon and CYMS finished 7-188.
The pressure was on Adam Ramsay and Roberts to deliver the goods for CYMS in the last over
“It was a game of changing fortunes and thankfully for us we got the breaks that we needed to win the points,” Reichelt said.
“I was always confident I could keep them out in that last over after they scored a single from the first delivery, we had Ramsay run out before Roberts put me on the tar at No 3 Oval for six.
“That brought them back to four from two balls but they only got two singles and we picked up Roberts from a second run-out. It was pretty exciting stuff.”
It was a day of fluctuating fortunes for both sides as Macquarie openers Wayne Dunlop and Sean Dyball struggled to get bat on ball on a wicket affected by rain during the week.
After Dyball was out for four, Dunlop (19) and Ricky Medway negotiated their way through a survival stage but the Blues still only had 43 runs on the board after 19 overs.
After Dunlop was run out, Medway played some nice shots in his innings of 63 and with contributions of 17 by new captain Tim Lloyd, Jason Green (26), Daniel Medway (33) and Col Taylor (11), Macquarie finished with 6-189.
To their credit Macquarie scored 89 from their last 11 overs and that certainly made a difference, according to Jason Green.
“I thought our 189 runs was a winning score,” Green said.
“We had five overs to bat out when the storm came but I don’t think the batting conditions were any worse on the resumption.
“The ball moved around all day and Greg Burton (the CYMS opening bowler) made it difficult for everyone.
“But full marks to Ricky (Medway) he batted very well and his 63 was probably worth a 100 given the conditions.”
In the run chase CYMS started confidently enough when Andrew Johns (20) and Brad Holding (28) put on 45 in 15 overs.
When Johns and Holding were out in the space of four runs, Jaspal Bansal came to the crease and immediately took charge.
He finished with 69 after bringing up his 50 with a six but then had to retire for a short time when he suffered a corked hamstring.
When he eventually made his way back to the wicket he had the misfortune to be out next ball.
Justin Gavin also made his presence felt with 25 before Mark Roberts, Adam Ramsay and Heath Larance were part of the unsuccessful run chase.
Five of the Macquarie bowlers gained wickets with Reichelt’s performance of 1-31 from nine overs very impressive.
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