The Glen batsman Adam Irvine looks to sweep during his innings of 28, which was also top score against Calliope.
The Glen batsman Adam Irvine looks to sweep during his innings of 28, which was also top score against Calliope.

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.



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