Shore Win T/20 Crown in

Last Ball Thriller!

 

Mike Duncraft wept. Others wandered round with silent smiles that stretched from ear to ear. There were man-hugs. There were man-woman-hugs. There were woman-woman hugs. There were cheers and back slaps. And everyone wandered with a stunned look in their eyes, as if they had just witnessed the unbelievable happening. Even the players looked stunned.

No, that was two years ago when we won the T/20 Final against Takapuna at Onewa Domain.

And this was yesterday when we won the T/20 Final against Howick Pakuranga on Eden Park's Outer Oval,.

But nothing changed.

Mike still wept. People still wandered round with silent smiles that stretched from ear to ear. There were man-hugs. There were man-woman-hugs. There were woman-woman hugs. There were cheers and back slaps.


It was a great day and one hell of a game.

The ACA reports;

North Shore Cricket Club have claimed a sensational final ball, three run victory over Howick Pakuranga in the Premier club Twenty20 Final this afternoon in brilliant sunshine at Eden Park Outer Oval.

It was a superb advertisement for club T20 cricket with two centuries scored on the day, first from North Shore Skipper Graeme Beghin (109*) before Donovan Grobbelaar (112) replied for Howick Pakuranga.

Asked to bat first by Howick, Shore Skipper Beghin took the game by the scruff of the neck in a blistering innings.

Graeme goes down on one knee to pull another four.

He peeled off six sixes and ten fours in his innings and didn’t look at all out of place on Eden Park’s Outer Oval, timing his innings to perfection.

Grobbelaar was the pick of the bowlers for Howick Pakuranga with 2-26 from his four overs while Rutvik Botadra, Jamie Brown and Matt McEwan all chipped in with a wicket each.

With Shore posting 186/5 from their 20 overs it was always going to be an exciting chase.

Carl Brungar got the Shore off to the perfect start with the wicket of Andrew Morrison in the first over.

However, it was number four Grobbelaar who held the innings for Howick Pak, his blistering 112 including 12 sixes.

With wickets falling at the other end, Howick started to need two a ball for the final few overs.

The combination of Ronnie Hira (1-29) and Brungar (3-34) held their nerve for the boys from the Shore keeping it tight in the final overs.

With Brungar bowling the last over, the game was on a knife’s edge, Howick requiring 19. Again Grobbelaar struck. Then, with nerve ends jangling, Grobbelaar realised he needed to keep strike and turned for a second run. But it was Graeme Beghin on the far boundary who gathered the ball and will a mighty throw, threw ity to the far end and Wicketkeeper ben Wall had the bails off in a flash. Grobbelaar sunk to his knees, knowing it was the end. But was It?

Sam Borland came to the crease and smashed his first ball over the long-on fence for six leaving four required off the final delivery.

Borland tried to repeat the dose for the final ball but couldn’t quite clear the fence, Captain Beghin taking the catch - to ensure a three-run win for North Shore!

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.


All the kids joined in for a final photograph with their heroes.

Rosscoe then, Rosscoe now