BITS scrape home in an A-grade thriller
CRICKET: BITS Cricket Club claimed a thrilling final-ball victory against Brothers in Rockhampton at the weekend courtesy of some composed hitting by tail-ender Michael Gough.
Chasing 108 for victory, BITS was cruising at 2/72 with 11 overs to go, but fell into a hole to find themselves requiring seven runs from the final over.
Nine wickets down and with no room for error, Gough needed a single from the final ball, but went one better as he clipped a two off his pads to secure victory.
The match was shortened to 30 overs each due to some pre-match rain, which affected the pitch and made captain Terry Sawyer's decision to bowl first an easy one.
Rockhampton Brothers limped to 7/107 after 30 overs with BITS bowlers Josh Finlay (three wickets) and Ryand Finlay (two) doing the bulk of the damage, while Nathan Cobb kept things tight at the death.
"Everybody bowled really well. Keagan Yasso got 1/15 off six overs. The bowlers put it on the spot we wanted which did the trick for us,” Sawyer said.
"(Keagan) all but took the new ball and bowled six straight overs in pretty warm conditions so he did exceptionally well.”
The result chalks up back-to-back victories for BITS, who can now starting looking up the ladder rather than worrying about who might leapfrog them.
"At the start of the season we played the top sides like Frenchville and Gracemere twice,” Sawyer said.
"Rocky Brothers and Yeppoon are realistically around our level so we should be beating them or at least be competitive.
"I think next week (against Gracemere) will be another big task - we lose both sets of twins (Ryand and Josh Finlay and Keagan and Baillie Yasso) so it might be a hard slog for us.”