Goolwa rolls Encounter Bay in cricket

PULL: Yankalilla batsman Doug Jones gets hold of this short ball on Satruday against McLaren Districts.
PULL: Yankalilla batsman Doug Jones gets hold of this short ball on Satruday against McLaren Districts.

In a nail-biting finish Goolwa defeated Encounter Bay on the last ball of the match in a high standard game of fluctuating fortunes. 

Goolwa started well with Fred Nissen and Andy Evans combining for the run out of Magor to leave Encounter Bay 1/10. Several solid partnerships followed with the Goolwa bowlers bowling tightly, but the Encounter Bay batsmen showing patience.

The in form Matt Overall again looked to be set for a big score, but when he fell for 42 and Hoffmann for 28 Encounter Bay were 4/108 still needing another 95 runs with 30 overs to go and the match evenly poised. 

Lintern was the sheet anchor in the middle order as Encounter Bay closed in on their target, but when he was well caught by Fred Nissen off Evans, Goolwa were on top at 7/175.

However, the Encounter Bay tail dug in and with good running between the wickets Moller, Sam Overall and Hynes took the score to 8-197 with five runs needed off the last over, but batting one player short. 

In a tense atmosphere the Bay batsmen showed great composure to pick off the runs and get to the last ball needing two to win.  A great pressure ball from Evans saw Ward take the ball and complete a stumping to give Goolwa a great win over the never say die Bay team. 

Best bowlers for Goolwa were Ashton Place with 3/35, Evans with 2/52, and Josh Jones with his 22 overs for 2/53. Lawrence could not be underestimated with his 12 well flighted overs that gave little away, as the Bay batsmen played him carefully.

For the Encounter Bay team Grenfell tried to give his team the start they so badly needed when in puirsuit of any score beyond 200 at the top of the order and he made 27. Matt Overall was in total charge until he was dismissed for 42 and the same could be said for Lintern, as whlie he was at the crease the Bays looked home.

Hoffmann was resolute with 28.

The win will be a big boost to the morale and fortunes of the Goolwa Cricket Club.

Vincent's reflex catch raised the fielding standard of the team and will be surely re-lived in seasons to come.