Cricket:  Cap Coast Parkana's Josh Sinnamon against Frenchville.
Cricket: Cap Coast Parkana's Josh Sinnamon against Frenchville. Allan Reinikka ROK221016acricket

Cap Challenge goes right down to the last over

CRICKET: Umpiring at square leg was the last place Frenchville skipper Joe McGahan wanted to be in the dying stages of his side's frantic run-chase against Cap Coast Parkana.

With all the fielders on the ring saving boundaries, McGahan could only watch on as the target slowly narrowed. Yet the wickets kept crumbling, finally coming down to the last over.

With lower order bats Mick Cay and Chaice Bidgood at the popping crease, the premiers still required nine from the last over.

McGahan spoke briefly to his tail enders before the first ball of the final over.

"I just told them to try and attack early in the over. You don't want to be chasing boundaries real late,” McGahan, who bagged 3/17 with the ball, revealed.

"I would much rather be out there batting myself trying to hit the winning runs but that's cricket.”

Cay and Bidgood hit the gaps early and scampered through well, reducing the total well.

With two balls left, Bidgood got something on a bouncer and sent the ball away to deep fine leg for four byes and the winning runs.

Frenchville finished with 7/189 with Cay (36) and Bidgood (21) the unlikely heroes. They added 59 together.

At stumps, McGahan let out a shaky smile.

"I would rather have smashing wins that games like that, but cricket is awesome for stuff like that, it was fun,” he said of the tricky chase.

"We were all definitely nervous out there. Just stoked to get the runs in the end.

"The lower order managed to scrape through, they both batted unreal. Michael actually torn his bicep, so he was really struggling. I don't know how he kept hitting boundaries.”

Frenchville 7/189

Brent Hartley.................. 4

Jason Wells....................32

Lachlan Hartley..............45

Joe McGahan..................3

Corey Baker....................10

Riley McGuire.................17

Leighton Milburn...........14

Mick Cay........................36*

Chaice Bidgood.............21*

Charlie Simic..............DNB

Logan Whitfield..........DNB

Cap Coast Parkana captain Richie Pershouse was left to rue the last 10 overs of his own sides innings. In his eyes, another 20 runs would have made the difference.

"After we finished batting I honestly though we had no chance,” Pershouse regretted.

"I thought we should have got 230 odd but we didn't bat anywhere near our potential in the last 10 overs. We didn't execute our innings. Trying to push boundaries when we could just knock it in the gap and run hard.

"But they are things we will learn from and will only take positives at this stage of the season.

"It really was a great game. The boys walked off with their heads down but they shouldn't.”

Pershouse said the crafty bowling of off-spinner Asher Colley (4-10) helped wrestle the game back in their favour.

"Ash bowled beautifully getting four-fa, he really tightened the screws and jagged some big wickets,” he said.

"When Nick Lotarski got the big scalp of Joe McGahan out we well set. Our bowlers really did all I asked from them.

"Ross Hart was outstanding with the bat. I can't fault any of the boys we will come back bigger and better.”

Cap Coast Parkana 10/175

Shaun Gilvear...........0

Ross Hart.................52

Asher Colley.............43

Richie Pershouse......21

Daniel Eyles..............48

Greg Tootell...............7

Gerard Moriarty.........0

Joshua Sinnamon.....6

Daniel Stubbs............3

Mark Wigginton.........1

Nick Lotarski..............1



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