A WICKED bowling display by Matt Ryan put the Bay Tigers Gold on track for an emphatic six-wicket victory over Dalmeny-Narooma in the Twenty20 third-fourth play-off match on Saturday.
Ryan ruthlessly tore through Dalmeny-Narooma’s middle order and took the key wicket of Kyle Field as the Tigers bowled their southern opponents out for 98.
The pace bowler was voted players’ player after he finished with game-best figures of 4/16 from his four-over spell.
Field top-scored for Dalmeny-Narooma on the turf pitch at Hanging Rock Oval with 40, while opener Matt Moore had an extended run at the crease, eventually falling for 31.
Matt Corbett (21) and Mick Stonehouse (19) offered some solid resistance in an otherwise lacklustre batting display from last season’s grand finalists.
Jake Cooper (3/19) and Murray Cooper (2/19) also impressed for the Tigers with the ball in hand.
A double-digit total was always going to be hard for Dalmeny-Narooma to defend, however the visitors got off to a good start with the ball as Tigers opener Mark Boyles was caught for a duck to put the score at 1/5.
That brought Mark Reidy to the crease, who lined up alongside the other opener Paul Windsor, and the pair added 50 runs during an impressive third-wicket partnership.
Reidy hit one too many shots in the air when on 37 and a smart catch by Dean Friskin sent him back to the sheds with the Tigers at 2/55.
Jake Cooper came and went for six before Windsor was also sent back to the sheds, but the Tigers never looked in trouble as Murray Cooper and Aaron Brierley got the job done.
Frisken was the pick of Dalmeny-Narooma’s bowlers with 1/13, as the four wickets were shared evenly.
The normal 40-over format of the Eurobodalla competition will resume the weekend after Australia Day.
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