The Glen's big bash sinks Yaralla late in reserves
CRICKET: High scores and big hits were dominant during The Glen's composed victory against Yaralla in reserve grade at the weekend.
In a match that ebbed and flowed more than the Gladstone Harbour tide, it took some lusty blows from The Glen's all-rounder Anthony Williams to seal the contest inside the dying overs at Sun Valley Oval.
Chasing Yaralla's 5-213 from their allotted 40 overs, the hosts needed to smack 5.3 runs per over to claim victory. They reeled in the target, reaching 7-216 with three overs to spare.
The Glen's run chase however got off to a shaky start with dangerous opener Eric Fourie falling cheaply.
"He's a really quality batter so that was huge for us,” Yaralla captain Matt Fairhall said.
"We kept plundering away, had them three or four (wickets) down and were looking in good shape.
"But then they had a really solid partnership with some big hitting in their middle order and passed us with three wickets to spare and three overs to go.
"Williams came in towards the end and belted four sixes in about as many balls to take it away from us.”
The Glen won the toss and put Yaralla in to bat, much to the surprise of Fairhall.
"If we won the toss we would've batted first, but it turned out to be a good move on their part because the wicket flattened out during the afternoon,” he said.
Yaralla made an intimidating start with the bat as Fairhall and teenager Jake Robinson combined for an opening partnership of 77 runs before the latter fell for a well-crafted 38.
"Jake's only 14 but he's a very prodigious young talent and really come along this year,” Fairhall said.
"It's incredible to be a 14-year-old batting in reserve grade so he's a real prospect.”
The opening pair didn't have it all their way though as the pitch produced a few gremlins throughout the innings.
"It was very slow going, the pitch was very two-paced,” Fairhall said.
"The plan was to always have wickets in hand at the 20-over mark in order to kick on later.
"If you said at the start of the day we'd get 213 I'd say we would've won.”
Fairhall finished unbeaten on 87, combining for a 99-run fourth-wicket partnership with Dan Ison, who scored 48.
Yaralla remain top of the ladder despite the loss.
BRITS Colts defeated BITS in the other reserves match.