Not even the effort of Iluka’s Zac Newton could prevent his side’s season coming to an end as United progressed.
Not even the effort of Iluka’s Zac Newton could prevent his side’s season coming to an end as United progressed. Debrah Novak

United's season just alive

UNITED’S season is still alive ... just.

Reduced to 10 men after Matt Ardrey’s wife almost went into labour, United were forced to dig deep in their nail-biting one-wicket win over Iluka at the weekend.

Earlier, Iluka had been bundled out for a meagre 89 runs after young bowling sensation Ryan Johnson had ripped through the top order.

Not to be outdone, Johnson’s teammate Nick Clarke also made the going tough for the Iluka batsmen as he claimed three scalps.

In reply, United snuck past the Iluka total with only one wicket remaining.

United finished the day at 9-96 and in doing so booked themselves a place in next week’s preliminary final against Warriors.

“The Iluka bowlers did very well,” United all-rounder Aaron Jones said.

“We continually lost wickets but managed to scramble home

“Michael Essex top scored for us with 19 not out and I thought Ryan (Johnson) bowled beautifully.

“Matt’s wife went into labour so we were left a player down but should be at full strength next week.”



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