Eaton and Dalyellup Beach's penchant for thrilling finishes reared up again.
After Eaton’s nail-biting second last ball triumph over the Settlers in October the two teams this time left it to the last ball of their pulsating match at Forrest Park North on Saturday.
And again the result was the same with the Beavers taking the points.
With two runs needed off the final delivery to pass the Settlers’ 257, Matt Nieuwenhuyze’s desperate dive beat a throw from the outfield to complete the second run needed to win the match.
Every match has its hero and Peter Grygorcewicz of Dalyellup Beach and Eaton’s Clint Hewson fitted that bill.
Batting first, Dalyellup Beach were on their knees after 13 overs at 4-61 with only recalled Mat Fink making any headway with a good start.
Starts in the middle order by Justin Woods and Corey Fagan and a fine half century by Adam Bilston led to a recovered tally of 8-150, still way short of requirement.
Out came tail-ender Grygorcewicz, a surprise entrant at that stage of the game.
The dapper BDCA president parried a few balls but knowing he had no partners left let fly at the bowlers.
Five runs off the first 10 balls faced turned into 24 off the next 10 before the sixes came to finish a sensational 46-ball 60 not out to steer the Settlers to 257.
The Beavers started well with Brenton O’Leary (43) and James Hillery (54) posting a solid 2-99 which brought the big-hitting Hewson to the crease.Forsaking his adventurous instinct, Hewson fashioned the perfect match-winning knock, playing out one of the best centuries of his career to finish with aplomb as he lofted the last ball over mid-on for the two runs required for victory.
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