Smart brothers help defending champions survive run-out dramas

A SMASHING century from Bay Tigers Black (A) skipper Gavin Smart helped the defending premiers to a monster 196-run victory over a brave Moruya side at Gundary Oval on Saturday.

Smart’s innings of 108 included 13 fours and four sixes but wasn’t all smooth sailing as he lost partners Gavin Ladmore (45) and Dan Smith (six) in dramatic run-outs along the way.

However, those setbacks proved only to be minor speed bumps as the Tigers cruised to 6/286 off 40 overs.

Smart won the toss in the hot conditions and sent his side into bat, but opener Paul Gallen was soon on his way back to the pavilion, out for seven after he skied one to Moruya skipper Scott Sullivan.

Gallen’s dismissal brought his captain to the crease and the two Gavins combined well as both approached half centuries.

However, with Ladmore just five runs short of the milestone, a breakdown in communication between the two batsmen resulted in a frustrating run-out.

Smith suffered the same fate shortly after before Andrew Malcolm came and went for just four runs.

Moruya’s fourth scalp meant Mick Smart joined brother Gavin in the middle and the two combined to devastating effect as they took the score to 206 before the latter fell victim to an AJ King catch on 108.

Sullivan’s second catch of the afternoon dismissed Mick Smart for 67 but young gun Lachlan Patterson (28 not out) helped guide the Tigers to a monster total of 286.

Sullivan (1/65) bowled without luck but took one scalp to go with his two catches, while Ivan Mylott (1/56) was also among the wicket takers for the hosts.

Moruya’s run chase got off to a bright start as openers Brett Chown and King dug deep to continually frustrate the Tigers’ bowling attack.

Chown added one to the highlights reel when he dispatched Luke Condon for six, but his luck soon ran out when Malcolm found a way through his defences on 14.

The home side lost another quick wicket when Condon struck soon after, before Gavin Smart made a decisive move and brought Daniel Walsh into the attack.

That decision paid off handsomely as Walsh removed King for 13 with just his second delivery before also dismissing Paul Sullivan for two.

After making it three wickets in as many overs, Walsh removed Scott Sullivan for 11 to finish his spell with game-best figures of 4/30.

Smith (2/4) and Mick Smart (1/10 off eight overs) then cleaned up Moruya’s tail-end as the Tigers continued their unbeaten start to the season. 

Moruya was all out for 90 off 30.5 overs.

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