Bombala players pay their respects to ‘The Chief’

Bombala 7/186 def Berridale 184

Saturday began with with both teams paying their respects to the sudden passing of Gary ‘The Chief’ Thompson.

Berridale won the toss and elected to bat making a cautious start with runs hard to come by. The Bombala bowling attack was bowling tight lines, resulting in Sullivan (3/24) taking the first wicket removing Hearn without scoring.

This first wicket lead to another in quick succession in the next over with Thornton (1/23) knocking over McDonald for 4. The visitors were 2/9. A steadying partnership between King and Redmond was required. The pair worked the ball into gaps picking 1’s and 2’s and rotating the strike.

Redmond was starting to find the boundary putting away anything short, however it was the spin of Mick Stevenson (3/38) that bought him undone, skying one to Thornton who took the catch.

Bombala claimed another two wickets in quick time leaving Berridale 5/69 at drinks. Bombala were pressing for more wickets after the break however Bartle and Hilless had other ideas.

The pair put on a very classy 119 run partnership. Both batsmen making a fine half centuries in their well constructed innings. It was inevitably the push for late runs that lead to their dismissals. Hilless caught off the bowling of Ingram (2/40) for a fine 53.

Wickets fell in quick succession with Berridale losing 5/15 including Bartle for an excellent 62. Berridale all out in the 40th over for a competitive 184.

Bombala’s run chase got off to a solid start with Brooks and Sullivan making the most of anything loose, taking the 1’s and 2’s when whenever they could.

However when Small (1/28) claimed the wicket of Sullivan for 17, Berridale were right in the contest. Power and Brooks worked the bowling around, rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary. The pair looked solid until a great catch from Hamleton removed Brooks for 38, Bombala 2/76 at drinks.

With Thornton and Power at the crease the runs stated to flow after drinks until Thornton (17) was caught in the deep off the bowling of Redmond (1/29).

Enter Mick ‘The Wall’ Stevenson, who combined with Power for an 81 run partnership. Stevenson proved difficult to remove while Power worked the ball around the field and hit boundaries when needed. With Bombala looking on top requiring 16 runs from 3 overs Berridale turned to Hilless who took 3 wickets in one over including Stevenson for 25.

The pressure was on King (1/34) who was bowling the 44th over and he delivered, bowling Power for a very well made 65.

Newcomer Korie Elton and Ingram were tasked with getting Bombala home. One over to go, Bombala needing 11.

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