Falcons win day in Texas cricket
A CLEVER bowling decision by captain Geoff Fearby was a major factor in the Falcons’ victory against minor premiers Terriers in the Texas cricket grand final last weekend.
The Terriers were the most successful team all year and Falcons were coming off a big win against Yetman. It was predicted last week that the fate of the game would primarily rest with the bowling attacks of each team, and that is how it panned out before a good crowd of spectators at the Texas Sporting Complex.
Falcons skipper Geoff Fearby won the toss again and chose to bat. Myles Donovan and Andrew Moore made a steady start against an opening attack that was a little wayward. Richard Gregor and Jack Spencer strived hard for a breakthrough without success and Donovan and Moore remained unbeaten at the break with 66 runs on the board.
This start gave Falcons the perfect platform to attack in the last 12 overs, and they took full advantage, adding another 90 runs.
The introduction of Adrian Thompson saw Donovan (70) and Moore (15) out in the space of a couple of overs as Falcons posted 6-156.
Adrian Thompson took 2-15, Dave Williams 2-30, Aaron Dauth 2-29 and Reece Thompson a classic catch for Terriers. Richard Gregor and Jade Morris started well for Terriers, scoring seven runs off Ross Sharpe’s opening over.
Geoff Fearby then made a play out of left field by throwing the new ball to Phil Fearby instead of Craig Donovan. The move paid off immediately, with Morris bowled for two. The Terriers batsmen were struggling to get at Phil, as the ball was not coming on at any pace.
Gregor and Dauth both scored 23 before Williams was out for 33 trying to lift the run rate. The Terriers were dismissed for 116.
Donovan took 2-20 and Geoff Fearby 2-29, but Phil Fearby was the key, repaying the faith shown in him by his captain, taking 3-20 in five overs.
The Falcons fielders really supported their bowlers, the highlight being the catch by Keiran Hegarty which included a double backward roll.
Falcons are worthy premiers, but each team showed during the year that they could beat the others on their day. The next cricket season will hit off with a seven-a-side competition on October 7.