Southbrook were performing their own version of the "great escape" when they used their get-out-of-jail card to maximum advantage and got up to win North Canterbury cricket's senior twenty/20 competition on Saturday.
In one of the more bizarre days of cricket in the district, Southbrook faced a confident Amberley unit who had earlier in the day humbled them in the final round of the playoffs, when they were dismissed for only 33.
Such was the size of Southbrook's humiliation they had all but given up a chance to play in the final. That was until it was learnt that Rangiora and Sefton, who also had chances of progressing to the final, had also been beaten.
Southbrook batted first in the final, reaching 114 in their 20 overs after Matt Brine had anchored the innings. However such had been Amberley's previous dominance it seemed this would not be enough.
Southbrook had different ideas and when Kurt Bayer broke the Amberley defence with the first ball of the innings, their resolve stiffened. They slowed the over rate to pedestrian pace and put doubt in the Amberley batsmens' heads.
Jed Robertson, who had in earlier rounds scored almost at will, was silenced. Notwithstanding this he still hung around long enough to score 30 and give his side a chance. Ben Hobbs (21) and Nick Robertson, with 20 assisted in the run chase. The result came down to the final ball where Amberley had to get six to win, but could only manage a four and an excited Southbrook celebrated.
In the earlier game Amberley had scored an impressive 178/7, with Jed Robertson scoring 67 and Ben Hobbs 62. In reply a confused Southbrook batting effort was exposed by Mike Tayles and Ethan Hobbs.
Both produced four-over spells of relentlessly accurate bowling and Southbrook were dismissed for a paltry 33 in 9.3 overs.
Southbrook 114/ 8: (Matt Brine 61, Ian King 3/26, Mike Tayles 2/18) beat Amberley 113/9: (Jed Robertson 30, Ben Hobbs 21, Nick Robertson 21. Darren Boyle 2/21).
Player of the day: Matt Brine.
Round 3 results:
Amberley 178/7: (Jed Robertson 67, Ben Hobbs 62) beat Southbrook 33: (Mike Tayles 5/13, Ethan Hobbs 4/7).
Cheviot 150/9: (P Rayner 57, W Anderson 33. F Hill 4/12, M Beattie 2/24) beat Rangiora 127/9: (M Foster 35no, A Bos 31, B Rayner 2/11, M Wright 2/23).
Oxford 97/9: (D Tualani 23, J Pulley 20. D Price 3/20, A Ireland 2/19, N Granger 2/15) beat Sefton 77: (A Wix 3/13, G McFarlane 2/10, M Hogarth 2/21).
Second Grade final:
Ohoka 155/9:( A Cherry 40, J Williams 38. E Cameron 3/24, A Robinson 3/31, R Mathers 2/21) beat Sefton 154/7: (B Fleming 45, Robinson 36, Mathers 21. N Cherry 3/24, J Smith 2/24, Williams 2/28.)
Third grade final:
Ohoka 161/6: (J Hamilton 98) beat Southbrook 111/9:( H Collings 3/14)
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