3rd XI Premiership 2008/09
The 3rd XI of season 2008/09 played in an epic grand final at Terrara Park in Vermont South. The side turned up on the first Saturday under grey and dark skies, and after much deliberating, the day's play was cancelled and we would return the following weekend to play Saturday and Sunday.
Upon return the following Saturday under sunny skies, captain Peter Rosenthal in his 300th game won the toss and elected to bat. Benny Johnston and Chris Pelchen strode to the crease, but Chris was quickly back in the sheds after letting one go that took his off bail for 3. Johnston made a quick 15, but was out caught and Nungers were 2/26. Jim Koukounaras and Scott Kertes then put on 31 in almost as many overs, before Scott fell for 14 followed by the skipper for a duck, and Nungers were in trouble at tea at 4/62.
The patience of Jim and Scott though to see off the new ball and tire out the Box Hill North bowlers meant that after tea the lower order was able to capitalise. Jim was out for a well made 40, whilst Simon Rashleigh (49) and James Daffey (37) mae valuable contributions and got us to a respectable score. Some hard hitting by Mick Vlahos, James Dowling and Michael Kertes, including a six off the final ball, saw the Nunger make 9/217 off their 80 overs.
Both teams returned on the Sunday with the Nungers very confident of tasting premiership later that day. The team started well, with Michael Kertes snagging the first wicket, caught by his brother at mid-on. For the next period of the match though the Box Hill North batsmen, in particular Patuska at #3 dominated, with the usual 'bowling machine' James Daffey being carted all over the park. At 2/122 the game appeared to be slipping out of the Nungers reach. Then brilliant catch by James Dowling at point turned the tide, and quickly a 4th wicket saw the game evenly posied at 4/124.
Wickets steadily fell, but it always felt like the Nungers were one wicket behind where they should be. Some terrific tight bowling by Cory Wickham and Michael Vlahos, who bowled maiden after maiden, ensured the game was in for a gripping finish. At 8/205 they needed 13 runs, we still needed two wickets, but a wicket to Vlahos followed quickly by a catch to super sub McWhinney off Wickham, and the 3's had won the flag by 12 runs.
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