BOMADERRY have gone a long way to securing second place, and a home semi-final, after defeating Bay and Basin at the weekend.
At Sanctuary Point Oval, Bomaderry posted 215 on day one, with Basin resuming on day two at 0/11.
Despite not having the services of both pace-bowlers Jordan Matthews and John Muggleton, the Tigers gained the early ascendancy, with the early wickets of Liam O’Brien (11), Kyle Jarrett (five) and Tom Mason (26) – leaving the hosts at 3/45.
Nathan Tyrrell and Michael Perry then steadied the ship for the Dolphins – putting together a 69-run fourth wicket partnership.
This partnership was broken with the score on 114, when Tyrrell was run out by Jarryd Sue for 50.
This turning point triggered a massive collapse in the Basin line-up, losing their next six wickets for just 17 runs – with Basin being all out for 134 in the 56th over.
The star with the ball was Stu Jeffrey, who finished with 5/54 from his 19 overs.
He was well supported by Michael Coulter (3/24) and Jarryd Sue (1/28), as the visitors claimed first innings points.
Bomaderry then returned to the crease but it didn’t last long, as they were all out for 71 in the 20th over.
Top scorers for the Tigers were Matthew Hiriart (21), Josh Coulter (17) and Graham Davidson (10 not out), while Basin was led by Nathan Tyrrell’s 4/8 and Kyle Jarrett’s 2/3.
Other wicket takers for Baisn were Michael Perry (1/14), Luke Gogerly (1/19) and Darren O’Keffe (1/25).
This collapse by Bomaderry gave the hosts a sniff of claiming the outright victory – needing 153 runs from nine overs.
To the hosts credit, they went down swinging, with Liam O’Brien (20) and Tom Dolby (19) leading the way – as Basin ended at 6/70 after the nine overs.
With Basin chasing quick runs, Michael Coulter claimed six wickets in nine balls, including double hat-trick.
The last Bomaderry bowler to take a double hat-trick in first grade was John Saville, against Kangaroo Valley in 1975-76.
Bomaderry’s skipper Nick McDonald was ecstatic with the way his team performed.
“This win was very important for us in trying to secure a home semi-final,” McDonald said.
“Stu Jeffrey bowled very strongly, taking five wickets and Michael Coulter bowled very tight, taking three wickets and going for less than two runs an over.
“The pressure Michael Coulter was able to build from one end was hugely important in getting the win.”
“If we win our next two games, we should finish top two.”