ALTHOUGH it again tried its best to shoot itself in the foot, Tahara has clawed its way to the top of the Harvey Norman HDCA B grade ladder after scrambling past St Andrew’s on Saturday, while there was also a swap for fourth, as Southern Grampians leapfrogged Coleraine.
The Drews and Blue Caps would just about know each other’s middle names after spending the last three weeks in close quarters and perhaps this knowledge of each other’s weaknesses helped out as the teams again looked like they were using a golf club rather than a cricket bat.
Combined, the two teams have scored just 43-526 over four and half innings against each other through that time at an average batting average of 12, which while great for the bowlers, doesn’t say a lot for the batting of the two teams favoured to play off in the grand final in a few weeks time.
Tahara had the match seemingly in hand as play resumed, needing just 40 to win and with all wickets intact, but one after Sam Brewer retired on 39 and all day to do it.
However, just as in the one-day final loss a few weeks ago against the same opposition, the Blue Caps suffered a cataclysmic collapse, being skittled before tea for the addition of just 67 runs in 34.5 overs.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.