There were dramatic scenes at the Marsden Rec in Stoke on Saturday as a depleted Waimea Toi Toi United fell just four runs short of what would have been a huge upset victory over Stoke/Nayland.
Stoke/Nayland already has one title tucked away this season and were unbeaten in the Car Company Nelson Cricket 50 Over Championship heading into today’s game. WTTU on the other hand had several of its best players unavailable, leaving Stoke/Nayland as the clear favourites.
But an underwhelming batting effort by Stoke/Nayland saw them score just 149 off 36.1 overs when they were bowled out.
Stephen Binnie was the pick of the Waimea bowlers, taking three wickets for just 16 runs off seven overs. While Dylan Eginton was the pick of the Stoke/Nayland batsmen, picking up 44 runs.
In reply Waimea came close, very close.
Blair Carpenter was the highest scorer for WTTU, scoring 30. But it was the 10th wicket partnership of Josh Newport (5*) and Amit Dhiman (20) that had steered WTTU within three runs of Stoke/Nayland with eight overs still remaining. Then Dhiman nicked a ball from the bowling of Mark Mekalick to Stoke/Nayland wicketkeeper Brendan Hodgson to dismiss the WTTU innings and hand Stoke/Nayland an important win.
Stoke/Nayland captain Brendan Hodgson says his side didn’t score enough but they did the job with the ball.
“Par was probably 240 to be fair. We never got enough but they didn’t have a couple of their top batsmen and we took regular wickets.”
He says the final wicket could have gone either way.
“He [Dhiman] has rocked back to cut it away and just feathered it to me standing up at the stumps. The game would have decided that ball no matter what happened, because if had gone past me it would have been four and that would have won them the game.”
For Stoke/Nayland, Ryan Edwards once again starred with the ball, taking four wickets for just 24 runs off his ten overs.
In other results, Nelson College comfortably beat Wanderers and Wakatu beat ACOB.