Yaralla holds off late Glen charge
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
YARALLA held off a late charge by The Glen to score an exciting eight-run victory in Saturday's Gladstone Cricket A grade oneday game at Sun Valley Oval.
The Glen were well-placed at 4/180 chasing 201 for victory with two overs remaining, but lost four wickets and made just 12 runs in that time to go down narrowly.
Batting first, Yaralla posted an impressive total of 6/200 off their 35 overs.
Heath Courtney finished as their top-scorer with a hard-hitting 43 before he was run out.
Skipper Troy Webster scored 38 before suffering the same dismissal as Courtney, while Phil Wogandt (30no) and Rob Johnson (23) made valuable contributions.
Greg Nicholls with 3/37 was the leading bowler for The Glen, while Anthony Williams claimed 1/32.
One area of concern for the home team was their fifth bowler, with Aaron Bachmann and Liam Kirk going for 58 off their seven combined overs.
In reply, The Glen got away to a great start with young openers Bachmann and Brett Rogers putting on a 68-run stand inside 13 overs.
But just as things were going well for The Glen, disaster struck as both openers were dismissed by Jay Stevens in successive balls.
When Mitchell fell, they had slumped to 3/78, but skipper David Jefferis and Kirk set about rebuilding the innings, putting on 45 until Jefferis was dismissed for 31.
Left-hander Kirk has started this season as he finished the last and combined with Gosschalk to take The Glen to the brink of victory at 4/181.
But as The Glen were poised for victory, they suffered a huge collapse and lost three wickets in as many balls.
Gosschalk was run out for 16, Kirk bowled by Jarvis for 53 and the unlucky Clint Haggerty run out without facing a ball for a duck.
As a result their momentum was halted and Yaralla got away with a tight, but valuable victory. Stevens with 3/34 produced the best of the figures for the winners.