Tucabia’s Matt Blanch battled his way to 30 against tight Harwood bowling at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
Tucabia’s Matt Blanch battled his way to 30 against tight Harwood bowling at Ellem Oval on Saturday. Debrah Novak

Run out robs Tucabia

A RUN-out with seven balls remaining robbed Tucabia-Copmanhurst GI Hotel of a dramatic draw against Harwood Hilton on Saturday.

Chasing Harwood's first innings of 5-324, Tucabia looked set to salvage a draw before a mix-up between Chris Adamson and Brett Pardoe resulted in the number 11 batsman being tragically run out to give Harwood a thrilling victory.

Adamson, who produced a great knock under pressure, decided to take a cheeky single on the last ball of the penultimate over only to see his partner caught short of his ground thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding by Nathan Essex.

"That was me probably being selfish, instead of letting Brett face the last over," a candid but disappointed Adamson said after the match.

"I think it was only going to be Geoff Simmons to bowl the final over.

"I probably should have pre-warned Brett I was going to take the single."

Batting down the order, Adamson (46 not out) was in brilliant touch with the bat and with 30 overs remaining the Tucabia all-rounder said he was confident of his team batting out the 80 overs.

"Batting out the overs was a real bonus for our side," he said.

"When I went out to bat we were seven down and still had 30 overs to go.

"I was confident we could bat them out.

"As they were ticking down you had more and more hope that we were going to end up with a draw."

Tucabia finished the day all out for 243, with Matt Pigg (45), Matt Blanch (30) and skipper Bob McKenzie scoring 29.

Harwood medium pace bowler Mark Vallette (4-50) and opening bowler Kane Aeschlimann shared the spoils.

Aeschlimann took 2-26 off 16 overs, which included an astonishing 10 maidens.

For Tucabia captain Bob McKenzie there were plenty of positives to take out of the agonising loss.

"It was a close game and it was always going to be hard to get to their total," McKenzie said yesterday.

"But the main thing was we wanted to bat out the overs and that was a big positive for us.

"It's only the second game of the year and premierships aren't won at the start of the season. They're won at the end."

It was a special victory for Harwood captain Tim McMahon, who played alongside his sons Ben and Hayden for the first time in a Premier League match.

"Yeah, it probably was the first time we all took the field together," McMahon said.

"He (Hayden) will be wicket-keeping next year.

"I'll be retiring."

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