TIGHT ACTION: Waqar Yunus letting a ball go during Yaralla’s win over BITS. Yunus took a fantastic catch to turn the match during BITS’ innings.
TIGHT ACTION: Waqar Yunus letting a ball go during Yaralla’s win over BITS. Yunus took a fantastic catch to turn the match during BITS’ innings. Mike Richards

Amazing catch turns match for Yaralla

MATCHES of cricket are usually memorable for taking plenty of wickets or making plenty of runs, but the weekend's action for Waqar Yunus was very different.

He will always remember the day he took a spectacular catch to spur Yaralla on to victory.

With BITS captain Dave Webber getting settled at the crease and on 19, Yunus quickly turned the match.

Standing 10m from Webber at mid-wicket as a catching man, the young Yaralla player was ready to snatch up an opportunity.

Webber struck a ball off his pads nicely, around two metres in the air and away to Yunus' left.

Instinctively, Yunus jumped and stretched, as fast as he could. The next thing he knew, he was rising from the ground holding the ball.

"I expected it to go either side of me," Yunus said. "He hits it well and I went, and it stuck."

It was as simple as that, without much thinking involved, Yunus had taken care of BITS main batting weapon in ridiculous style.

From there, the hosts slowly disintegrated to be all out for 78.

"I guess I have taken a few good ones, but not in these circumstances," he said.

"He was in there in form and it was important."

Yunus did get the ball in his hands for two overs, taking no wickets for four runs.

It was then up to Yaralla to chase down the small total on a slow, sticky deck.

The catcher got a look in with the bat too, compiling 22 not out to ease Yaralla to victory.

"I was just focussed on playing the ball on its merits," Yunus said. "This is a confidence-boosting win for us."

SCOREBOARD

BITS 10/78

Dave Webber- 19, Joe Marsh- 2, Michael Mole- 6, Luke Bertram- 10, Tim Jackson- 4, Tyran Eggmolesse- 0, Zac Harris- 9, Adam Romagnolo- 3, Ky Hull- 2, Scott Pitt- 3*, Andrew Hopkinson- 3

Bowlers:

Trent Sorohan- 7.2- 4/16, Warren Lamberth- 4- 1/20, Troy Webster- 5- 2/22, Al de Nysschen- 6- 3/14, Waqar Yunus- 2- 0/4

Yaralla 1/81

Chris Bye- 38*, Dylan Cross- 15, Waqar Yunus- 22*

Bowlers:

Andrew Hopkinson- 4- 0/8, Tyran Eggmolesse- 2- 0/19, Scott Pitt- 3- 1/9, Ky Hull- 2- 0/20, Luke Bertram- 2- 0/11, Michael Mole- 1- 0/13

Yaralla won the match by nine wickets.



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