IT was a bowlers wicket at Laurieton Oval for the Hastings River District Cricket Association first grade grand final.
Winners: Macquarie Hotel defeated Wauchope RSL in the first grade cricket grand final. Pics: PETER GLEESON
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Brendan Badenoch lead the charge for Maquarie Hotel taking a monumental 14 wickets for the game.
He was almost unstoppable as he tore through RSL’s batting line up.
The only batsman that staved off Badenoch’s attack in the first innings was opener Nathan Lyon who was eventually claimed by the fast bowler for 58 runs.
RSL’s only other batsmen to reach double figures was Andrew Murrell who was also bowled by Badenoch for for just 13.
Badenoch finished the first innings with figures of 14.2 overs, three maidens, nine wickets for 41 runs and two no balls.
Despite the massive effort from Badenoch, Macquarie’s batters couldn’t follow it up and they suffered their own capitulation.
This time the damage was done by Wauchope’s Andrew Murell.
He didn’t quiet finish with the same impressive figures as Badenoch but he did enough damage to put Wauchope in front on the first day.
Murrell finished with six wickets for 22 runs and four maidens off 12 overs.
Only four Macquarie batters managed to make it to double figures giving them a first innings score of 73 well behind Wauchope’s 105.
Badenoch started his second innings the way he finished the first.
He took five for 43 runs which gave him a total of 14 for the match.
The game came down to the wire with Macquarie at the crease chasing down runs for victory.
Fittingly, it was skipper Michael Pelley who hit the winning runs with a four which also saw him reach his half century giving him 51 not out.
Josh Hyde chipped in earlier with 63.
Pelley was well supported to the end by Dan Kennedy 10 not out.
But the game was won off the back of what Pelley described as “one of the best bowling performances he’d ever seen”.
“After the first day when Wauchope were in front we spoke as a group about how gut wrentching it would be to lose after Brendan’s performance with the ball,” he said.
“It was one of the toughest finals I have ever played in.”
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