BAY Bombers captain Matt Klarica played a major role in his side’s big 50-run win over neighbours the Bay Breakers on Saturday with a fine innings of 27.
With Klarica’s side needing just 30 runs for victory after the Breakers were bowled out for 29, the Bombers captain smashed 27 quick-fire runs to guide his team to 7/79.
Fellow big-hitter Brodie Saker (nine), Ben Heffernan (eight, retired) and Liam McPherson (eight) also helped pile on the runs.
Earlier in the match, Hugh Tuckwell put in a perfect spell of bowling for the Bombers to finish with incredible figures of 4/0 off two overs.
Ryan Pitkin took five catches as the Bombers fielded with aplomb.
For the Breakers, Regan Drew (six), Jack Gallen (four) and Sean Griffin (three) were the only batsmen to score runs as the Bombers bowlers were consistently accurate.
Klarica, McPherson, Heffernan, Jordan Young and Pitkin were the Bombers’ other wicket-takers.
With the ball in their hands, the Breakers knew that early wickets were required for them to have any chance and they snared some early breakthroughs as Jye McDonald and Mitch Hockey were removed early on to have the Bombers in trouble at 2/6.
However, from that point on it was all the Bombers as they passed their rivals’ score just two wickets down before finishing on 7/79.
McDonald was the pick of the Breakers’ bowling attack with 2/4 off four overs, while other wickets were shared between Hector Brewer, Tyler Kariotis and James Gunson.
A few dropped catches cost the Breakers dearly, but the highlight in the field was the combined effort of Gunson and Griffin to secure a run out of one of the Bombers.
Matches will again be held at the Hanging Rock ovals tomorrow, when the Bay teams take on Central and Southern Eurobodalla.