SOME gutsy tail-end batting has helped Ex-Servos escape with a draw against Bomaderry in their match at Hayden Drexel Oval.
Chasing Bomderry’s 9/305 declared, Ex-Servos looked like they would give the run chase a fair shake after when they lost their first wicket after putting on 104 runs, but the Bomaderry bowlers managed to get the home side to 9/236, but were unable to claim the all important final wicket.
Bomaderry resumed their innings at 4/259 with Paul Sawkins on 59 and Tim Roth on six.
Sawkins fell on 63 to Matt Ganderton, Jordan Matthews then did the same without troubling the scorers to put the visitors at 6/270.
Nick Jennings was the third man gone in quick succession to make it 7/270.
Hugh Rigney (14) and Josh Coulter (18) then added some valuable lower order runs before Bomaderry declared.
Ganderton was Ex-Servos best with the ball thanks to his 5/62.
In reply, Ex-Servos weren’t about to die wondering as they went about trying to chase down the visitors’ total.
Captain Daniel Gleeson and Ganderton notched up the century opening stand before Ganderton (27) fell to Blake Munila at 1/104.
The home side was then 2/105 after Ben Lynch removed Simon Schmotz for a duck.
The big-hitting Gleeson was the next to go on 86, which included 11 fours and three sixes, at 3/123.
Ex-Servos’ strong start was then completely dismantled as Lynch removed Lain Beckett, Trevor Thomason and Chris Bramley cheaply to push the home side to 6/138.
There was more trouble for Ex-Servos when Shane Halliday fell at 7/159, and things looked dire for the home side when Paul Meakins went at 8/188.
Graham and Shane Phillis managed to provide some lower order resistance, before Shaun went for 16 at 9/209.
Bomaderry must have used up all their luck in taking the first nine wickets, as try as they might they couldn’t claim the tenth as Graham Phillis and Nate Jones survived until play ended to salvage the draw.
Lynch was easily the pick of the Bomaderry bowlers with his 4/25.