Hawks' thrilling win over the Razorbacks

The welcome return of cricket to Kangaroo Island after a five week hiatus saw a final ball thriller at Hog Bay.

J Bald sent the Hawks in to bat in the stifling conditions, luckily the captains had already agreed upon a shortened game of 30 overs to allow travel to Parndana after the game for the concert.

Good early bowling by J Gurney and Clark saw the visitors at 1 for 1 when Turner feathered one to the keeper, while J Bald began punishing the rare loose deliveries to add some much-needed runs. Willson struggled to get going and was clean bowled by Gurney, and when J Bald fell the same way to Clark, the Hawks were looking in all sorts of trouble at 3 for 31.

POWER: A senior cricketer leans back on hit shot, sending the ball deep. Photo: Maggie's photography

POWER: A senior cricketer leans back on hit shot, sending the ball deep. Photo: Maggie's photography

When I. Bolto fell a short time later edging through to the keeper, R Florance joined C Bolto in the middle and set about steadying MacGillivray's innings to try and post a competitive total.

Both batsmen navigated the tricky conditions well and made it through unscathed to drinks with a score of 4 for 64. After drinks R Florance finally fell, out for 23.

With his partners at the end other falling in regular succession, C Bolto holed out to Buick on 49. Razorbacks had a total of 136 to chase down.

With some regular bowlers missing, J Bald once again leaned on the combination of Florance and C Bolto to open the bowling. Good line and length from Florance saw the opening batsmen with no choice but to go after C Bolto's swinging deliveries, claiming the wicket of Moorehead and Buick in consecutive overs.

After flicking his second ball for 6 H Gurney threatened to bring the game to an early finish, however the Hawks bowlers adjusted well. Linke and Gurney kept the runs ticking over, and, when Linke fell, Boers came to the crease and continued where Linke left off.

At 3 for 52 at drinks the home team looked reasonably comfortable, but when H Gurney skied one off I Bolto and J Bald had J Gurney caught on the fence, the wheels began to wobble for Hog Bay at 5 for 76.

Boers continued putting the runs on the board, ably supported by Martain and then Neville.

When Boers fell to a good catch to H Reed from K Bolto's bowling and Kinghorne was run out in the same over, it left the home team needing 14 runs off of 12 balls.

Greg "Silver Fox" Bald wound back the clock and delivered a maiden in the penultimate over, leaving the Razorbacks still needing 14 from K Bolto's final over. Clark found the boundary on the first ball straight down the ground, then again on the third ball, leaving 6 off of 3. A quick 2 on the fourth, then a dot on the fifth, left Clark needing a 4 off of the final ball or 3 runs for the draw. Clark gave the instructions to young Houchin to run at all costs, and it almost came off when he pulled Bolto to deep square leg, leaving all the work for J Turner to do on the boundary to keep the runs below 3.

Clark and Houchin got the 2 in, but couldn't get the third, with Turner's throw good enough to affect the run out of Houchin, Hawks winning by the barest of margins. - Sub-Fielder

Corey Hammat bowling to Brodie Havelberg. Photo: Maggie's Photography

Corey Hammat bowling to Brodie Havelberg. Photo: Maggie's Photography