THE Harvey Norman HDCA B grade one-day final was set to be an absolute cracker, as Tahara denied Grampians on Saturday, with the help of a Colin Myers hat-trick, to set up a match with premiership ladder leader St Andrew’s.
The exact opposite of what the Pumas had hoped for and needed to squeak into the one-day final happened, with the Blue Caps and Drews both keeping up what has been scintillating form to set up what should have been a classic game at Melville Oval yesterday for the George Fitzpatrick Shield.
Grampians batted first against the Blue Caps, but thanks to some restrictive and accurate bowling from Jack Goodman (0-10), Jon Tonissen (3-16), Josh Pepper (2-12) and Cam Pepper (0-6), the wickets fell thick and fast and the Pumas were in all sorts of trouble at 5-38 at the halfway mark of the innings.
Tom Millard (20), Tom Schofield (11), Alec McIntyre (18) and Duncan Cameron (12*) hung in there as best as they could, but when Myers bowled Schofield with the last ball of his seventh over, Grampians were 8-97.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.