01 Jul, Friday

North Shore claim T20 crown on final ball thriller

Club Cricket

North Shore claim T20 crown on final ball thriller

James BennettClub Cricket, Game Development

North Shore Cricket Club have claimed a sensational final ball, three run victory over Howick Pakuranga in the Premier club Twenty20 Final this afternoon at Eden Park Outer Oval.

It was a superb advertisement for club T20 cricket with two centuries scored on the day, first from North Shore Skipper Graeme Beghin (109*) before Donovan Grobbelaar (112) replied for Howick Pakuranga.

Asked to bat first by Howick’s captain Bill Walsh, Shore Skipper Beghin took the game by the scruff of the neck in a blistering innings.

He peeled off six sixes and ten fours in his innings and didn’t look at all out of place on Eden Park’s Outer Oval, timing his innings to perfection.

Grobbelaar was the pick of the bowlers for Howick Pakuranga with 2-26 from his four overs while Rutvik Botadra, Jamie Brown and Matt McEwan all chipped in with a wicket each.

With 186/5 posted from their 20 overs it was always going to be an exciting chase.

Carl Brungar got the Shore off to the perfect start with the wicket of Andrew Morrison in the first over.

However, it was number four Grobbelaar who held the innings for Howick Pak, his blistering 112 including 12 sixes.

With wickets falling at the other end, Howick started to need two a ball for the final few overs.

The combination of Ronnie Hira (1-29) and Brungar (3-34) held their nerve for the boys from the Shore keeping it tight in the final overs.

With Brungar bowling the last over, the game was on a knife’s edge, Howick requiring 10 off the last two balls.

Sam Borland came to the crease and smashed his first ball over the long-on fence for six leaving four required off the final delivery.

Borland tried to repeat the dose for the final ball but couldn’t quite clear the fence, Captain Beghin taking the catch to ensure a three-run win for North Shore.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.