Jamien Smith pictured bowling for Inglewood at Slade Park. He was again the best in his team's home game on Saturday.
Jamien Smith pictured bowling for Inglewood at Slade Park. He was again the best in his team's home game on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Opening partnership key for Redbacks in one-run win

REDBACKS captain Tyhe Clarkson hit a four off the last ball of the game to secure a one-run win against Inglewood at Inglewood in Condamine Cup cricket on Saturday. He talks about the game.

WHY WAS THE WIN SO IMPORTANT: It keeps us in touch with the top four. Allora had a win against Colts so it was even more important that we beat Inglewood.

At this stage it looks like Allora, Redbacks and Inglewood could be battling it out for a spot in the A-grade finals.

SO HOW DID IT PLAY OUT: Inglewood batted first and made 285. Shane Hooper hit 137 not out.

Shane hit 30 in one over, four sixes, one four, a two and they scored two from no balls.

I don't want to name our bowler, he's had enough pain already.

HOW CONFIDENT WERE YOU CHASING 285: We weren't too confident when we started but Coen Slatter and Kerin Politch added 122 for the first wicket in 13 overs.

Coen dominated with 74 off 44 balls. Kerin held his end up and took a lot of singles in 30.

WHAT WAS THE KEY MOMENT: The way Coen attacked to set the tone for our innings.

WHEN DID YOU THINK YOU COULD WIN: We were confident after our start and knew we had to get 7.2 runs an over.

The aim was to stay on the rate without losing too many wickets.

HOW CLOSE WAS IT: With three overs to go, we needed 30 runs. Dave Drewery had just got out and Harrison Wollerman joined me at the crease.

WHAT WAS A CRUCIAL SHOT: Harrison got bat on ball straightaway and hit a four off his third ball which kept the momentum going.

DESCRIBE THE LAST BALL: I was facing and we needed three to tie and four to win. The ball was overpitched on the leg stump and I flicked it to the square leg boundary.

WHAT WAS THE PLAN WITH THE LAST BALL: I stepped well back in my crease aiming to get under the ball and hit it for six.

I could see when it came out of his hand it was full and knew there was no one on the square leg fence.

WHICH INGLEWOOD BOWLER WORRIED YOU: Jamien Smith bowled on the spot all day and was hard to get away.

He swung it a bit away from the right handers. (No club cricket to January 7-8).



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