Merv Hughes 'impressed' as Bay Tigers cruise past Dalmeny

BAY Tigers Black pulled off one of the most remarkable victories of the Eurobodalla District Cricket season on Saturday with an eight-wicket thumping of Dalmeny-Narooma.

Matt Corbett won the toss at Dalmeny Oval and sent his home side into bat before it endured a horror innings against the defending premiers.

Dalmeny-Narooma was all out for a pitiful total of just 46 after 21.5 overs – the lowest total by any club so far this season.

The bowlers were always expected to come out on top in the humid conditions and that trend got underway in the seventh over when Andy Malcolm trapped Dean Frisken in front for six.

Two balls later, young gun Daniel Simpson was caught by Mick Smart in the slips for a duck.

Brad Hancock (2/16) was then introduced into the bowling attack and made a telling contribution to the Bay’s whitewash victory with a pair of prized scalps.

Hancock was just about unplayable as he clean bowled Mick Stonehouse and Matt Corbett, both of who failed to trouble the scorers.

Malcolm, who finished with 3/18, then came back into the fray and removed Rob Brown’s stumps for 11 to leave the hosts reeling at 5/21.

With former Australian Test fast bowler Merv Hughes watching on from the clubhouse, Mick Smart and Dan Walsh were brought into the Bay’s attack.

And it seemed the presence of Hughes inspired the pair as Walsh quickly picked up a wicket before Mick Smart stole the show.

After removing Joe Nuggent for 14, Smart finished off the Dalmeny-Narooma innings with a sensational hat-trick to finish with game-best figures of 1/4.  

In response, Tigers openers Paul Gallen and Gav Ladmore were half way to victory when the latter was caught behind off a Kyle Field delivery on seven. 

Gallen was next to go on 17 when keeper Juy Cooper and Field combined again. 

Captain Gavin Smart joined his brother Mick to finish off the tiny Dalmeny total – Gavin “rubbed it in” with a massive six for the final runs.

“Merv (Hughes) was really impressed with our bowling,” Ladmore said.

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