WIMMERA-MALLEE cricket returned with a bang on Saturday as A Grade reigning premier St Mary’s got off to a thrilling start against Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills in Warracknabeal.
All-rounder Tim Bell was the hero for St Mary’s, after hitting a four on the last ball of the day to snatch a memorable one-point win.
The Saints entered the final over needing seven runs for victory but scored only two runs and lost two wickets from the first four balls.
An Adam Schulz single put Bell on strike for the final delivery and the Saints star did not disappoint.
Bell said it was a great feeling to hit the winning runs on the last ball, but credited his team-mates for putting the Saints in a position to win the game.
“Early wins like that are really important at this stage of the year,” he said.
“We took some really sharp catches and took our chances in the field.
“In the end that’s probably what won us the game more than anything I did.”
The Eagles batted first and faltered before Mark McPherson provided a steadying influence at the crease.
His 32 runs brought the team to 91 and helped ensure the total would take some chasing.
Nick Germano looked to have the visitors on track before some tight bowling from the Eagles’ attack slowed the run-rate.
The Saints did just enough to get over the line and kick off their premiership defence in the best
Donald was too strong for Jeffcott in a 123-88 win, despite a hat-trick from James Heslop.
Heslop dismissed Donald opener Edward Landwehr before claiming the wickets of Josh Gilmour and Will Sexton on his next two deliveries.
But the damage was already done.
Landwehr was his team’s top scorer with 48 and Heslop proved to be the only Jeffcott batsman to make some noise with 28 runs.
Charlton defeated Wycheproof-Narraport with a strong batting performance, winning 5-141 to 8-124.
St Arnaud pulled up stumps at 2-60 in yesterday’s game against Marnoo, surpassing the away team’s total of 46.