AN UNBROKEN 106-run ninth-wicket partnership from Mark Ferguson and Nick Duxson guided Horsham Saints to the most unlikely of premiership victories against Jung Tigers at Dudley Cornell Park at the weekend.
After posting a total of 160 on the opening day due to strong contributions from skipper Lachie Campbell, 47 runs, Anthony Redford 46, and Brandon Campbell, 30, an inspired Tigers bowling attack reduced the Saints to 8-62 in reply.
But Duxson, 108 not out, and Ferguson, 17 not out, had other ideas, batting for 40 overs to snare the flag for the Saints, despite superb bowling performances from Brandon Campbell, 3-64, and Marty Knight, 3-37.
Saints skipper Brett Thompson said it was an incredible partnership.
“While Nick was still in we just needed someone to bat with him, and Mark probably batted the best innings he’s ever produced in his life,” he said.
But the result could have been different if not for a Saints bowling partnership between Jeremey Byrne and Xavier Chesterfield on the opening day.
With Jung flying at 4-152, right-armer Byrne, 6-52, and left-armer Chesterfield, 3-38, combined to snare the last six Tigers wickets in quick time.
Chesterfield ended a superb knock from the Tigers skipper, while Byrne had Redford caught at deep-square leg by Trent King after a boundary-laden innings, before tearing through the lower order.
Thompson said his side, which just snuck into fourth place, had fought hard to earn the win.
“I’m extremely proud of our team,” he said.