Youngster steers Calliope to victory
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
NERVES of steel from 12-year-old John Rideout ensured Calliope broke through for their first win of the Gladstone Cricket A grade season against The Glen at Sun Valley on Saturday, just.
Chasing 104, Calliope lost their ninth-wicket when Brad Muckert was run out, just two runs short of victory in the one-day clash.
Rideout, a talented junior and the son of Calliope skip-per Brett, went out to face the final over from Aaron Bachmann.
Under pressure, Rideout saw off the opening two balls before Bachmann sent down a wide to level the scores and then followed up with a noball to see Calliope got the money.
Rideout was bowled the next ball for a duck, but he had already done his job.
Allrounder Cory Matthews was Calliope's other hero, hitting all the shots in a match-winning unbeaten 39.
On a wicket that offered a bit for bowlers, The Glen's skipper David Jefferis won the toss and elected to bat. The painfully slow outfield made sure big scores were never going to happen and a total of around 100 would be defendable.
Justin Brown, in his first A grade game of the year and Aaron Bachmann chipped in with 17 apiece, but when they both fell, The Glen had slumped to 6-68.
With the innings stalling, up stepped number 8 Adam Ir-vine who hit a six and three fours in a valuable knock of 28 not out as The Glen finished at 8-103.
Dan Williams (3-17) and Scott Tippet (2-12) were Calliope's best bowlers.
In reply, Calliope were reeling at 5-35 as Greg Nichols claimed three early wickets for The Glen.
Needing a partnership, Doug Humphries joined Matthews and put on 30, but the wickets of Humphries, Rideout and Tippet left Calliope at 8-70. Brad Muckert joined Matthews at the crease and a mixture of big shots and good running put the visitors in the box seat.
Just as victory looked secure, Muckert was run out, leaving young Rideout his chance to be a hero.
Nichols finished with 3-14 to be leading bowler, while Jefferis and Bachmann each took two wickets.