South win emotion soaked premiership
SOUTH Portland are the premiers of the Portland and District Cricket Association’s under-16 competition for the 2018-19 season after an incredible eighth wicket partnership rescued the team from certain doom.
South Portland and Gorae-Portland went head-to-head at Cavalier Park yesterday in the battle for the junior premiership and it was a match that kept spectators on the edge of their seat for the whole afternoon.
All day the sky above was blackened with clouds and the threat of a rain interruption was constantly on the minds of players and supporters alike.
South Portland headed out to bat at 2pm, chasing a total of 117 set by Go-Ports and the team’s chances of a premiership appeared dead and buried at 7-49 in the 22nd over.
After the loss of captain Lachie Warburton (23), South Portland suffered a catastrophic collapse – losing seven wickets for just 12 runs as Go-Ports’ bowlers ran rampant through the top and middle order.
The dismissal of Tighe Warburton (0) batting at number eight left Go-Ports bowler Harvey Reynolds on a hat trick, and with more than 68 runs required for the win, the chances of a South Portland premiership appeared all but lost.
It was then that Rory Barry combined at the crease with Jett Piergrosse, and in the partnership of a lifetime, together the pair not only resurrected the innings, but steered the side onto victory.
South Portland premiership captain Lachie Warburton said it was the greatest batting partnership he had ever witnessed.
“For Rory (Barry) and Jett (Piergrosse) to be able to do that, for Rory to bat the way that he did and for Jett to play the role that he did, it was just amazing,” Warburton said.
“We started off pretty well, we didn’t lose a wicket for 30 or so runs before I got an inside edge and got myself out.
“Out of nowhere, all of a sudden, we were seven wickets down.”
The duo of Barry and Piergrosse came together in the 22nd over and it wasn’t until the 46th over that Piergrosse was eventually removed.