Run-out sees Grafton home
GRAFTON High School had an exciting win in the final of the North Coast CHS open boys’ cricket competition.
The match against Kingscliff High had been rescheduled from December due to inclement weather.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl on a pitch which assisted their bowlers.
They soon had the locals in trouble at 4-13 before Jake Frame (14) and Mitchell Eggins (6) steadied the innings.
Scoring runs proved extremely difficult however with only 71 on the board after 35 overs.
Luke Shipman (54) took control of the last five overs and with Jason Limbert (12) the pair took the total to a respectable 9-117.
Kingscliff were also in early trouble at 3-18 after 10 tense overs due to fine bowling from Limbert (2-23) and Riley Winter (1-16).
They then hit out to ensure they were in front on the run-rate with rain threatening to end the match.
After a brief rain delay play recommenced with the visitors in control and looking likely winners.
At 6-83 with 11 overs remaining the game appeared lost for Grafton.
Tight bowling from Shipman and Jake Frame and excellent fielding then dried up the runs to put pressure on the lower-order batsmen.
With one over to bowl, Kingscliff needed seven runs and Grafton just one wicket.
Winter conceded five runs from the first five deliveries, including a difficult dropped chance.
The last ball was hit by the Kingscliff number 10 and a run was taken to tie the match.
They then tried to steal another run but were run-out, leaving the scores level.
The teams left the field unsure of who had won the match.
Grafton was finally awarded the match as they had lost the least number of wickets.
The result was desperately close and would have been reversed if the final run-out had not occurred as the number of wickets would have been the same and Kingscliff were in front after the 39th over.
All Grafton’s bowlers bowled well with Limbert and Brenden Cotten (2-26) the only multiple wicket-takers. Shipman was the standout in the match with his 54 and 1-11 off six overs.
The next round will be against the winners from the New England area.