Schoolboys ?Tied Test? in NAB knockout

GRAFTON High School has fought its way to the second round of the NAB Shield knockout cricket competition with the narrowest possible win over South Grafton High.

With the scores tied at the end of play officials had to go to a countback to give the result to Grafton over last season's re- gional winners.

Grafton won the toss and chose to bat first on the Rushforth Park 2 surface.

After a slow start the openers put on a great partnership of 120 before top-scorer for the match, Quentin Pursey, was bowled for 69 in the 30th over.

Wickets then fell quickly in the pursuit of quick runs with Martin Pearce, who made a patient 22, and Zac Channells, 10, the main contributors.

The innings came to an abrupt end in the 39th over with the score on 168 when Simon Cannon took three wickets to end up with the fine figures of 3/11 from his 8 overs. Todd Cameron (1/18), Brendan Fisher (2/23) and Ryan Cameron (1/8) were the other wicket takers.

South High were in early trouble, losing both openers with only 19 runs on the board but Thomas Usher, 12, and Rhys Webb, 41, steadied the innings.

Captain Brendan Fisher and the aggressive Todd Cameron, 20, then got them into a very strong position of 5 for 157 with three overs remaining.

When Fisher finally fell for 38 to a great outfield catch by Elijah Sharman off Ryan Whitton in the 39th over, South only needed four runs to win.

Josh Harris then smashed 3 off the first ball of the final over to level the scores.

Harley Ison then kept the batsman scoreless for the next three balls before having him caught by Riley Winter in a juggling effort in the outfield.

Ison then bowled the last man with the final ball to tie the match.

He finished with 2/35 while Jake Grant (2/26), Adam Spies (1/13), Pursey (1/18), Pearce (1/27) and Whitton (1/33) were the other wicket takers.

Grafton High will play either Orara or Woolgoolga High in the next round.

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