High School are Forbes cricket’s B-grade premiers for 2011/12, after defeating Bowling Club by six wickets in the consolation grand final last Saturday.
Man-of-the-match was young High School batsman Jason Hoswell, who scored 59 of the 87 runs required for victory.
Hoswell’s innings at Botanical Gardens last Saturday featured two sixes and four more boundaries and he was unbeaten when High School hit the winning runs in the 25th over.
High School had won the toss before Saturday afternoon’s B-grade finale, and sent Bowling Club into bat.
Hindsight revealed it was the right choice with Bowling Club all out for 86 in 36 overs.
Jacob Allegri made 19, Brett Stirling hit a dozen and Jarrod Andrews 10, but High School’s youthful bowlers would have felt they had won the first innings.
Fast bowler Tim Prior saved his best for the last game of the summer, taking 5/15 from eight overs, including top order scalps of Mark Stirling, Andrew Quirk and Shane Bolam.
Not to be outdone, Jack Janetzki finished with 2/12 from 10 overs, four of which were maidens.
With Kyle Sharpe’s two wickets and the tidy opening bowling of James Rousell (1/16 from nine), Bowling Club were all out for 86 and needed to defend well to have a chance of victory.
High School’s innings didn’t start well, with Jye Skinner out on the fourth ball for one, but that brought Jason Hoswell to the crease to join Gus Coles.
The pair added 25 before Coles was bowled by Abel Bernardi for eight, but Hoswell and Jordan Coles produced what proved to be a match-winning partnership.
The younger Coles gave Hoswell much of the strike but he stayed out in the middle for another 12 overs, until he was caught off Jarrod Andrews’ second over for 11.
Jason Hoswell had passed his half century by this stage and shortly after, with new partner Jack Janetzki, scored the winning runs in the 25th over.
Bowling Club’s bowlers all tried hard and none were too expensive, but defending 86 was too difficult a task. Abel Bernardi gave another impressive performance with the ball (1/12 from seven overs), while Clint Hurford (1/22 from seven), Jamie Hoswell (1/20 from 3.4 overs) and Jarrod Andrews (1/8 from two) also picked up wickets.
Bowling Club would have had little hesitation in naming Jason Hoswell (59no) the man of the match.
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