BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads have locked up their one-day finals spot, thanks to a tense two-run win against Nowra on Saturday.
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At the Berry Sports Complex, the visitors won the toss and sent the Magpies to the crease.
The decision suited the hosts, as they reached 55 before their first wicket – Glenn Brandon (18) – fell, off the bowling of Jason Bell.
Daniel Bryant then dismissed Daniel Troy (nine) and Dale Lovatt (seven) in quick succession to get Nowra back into the contest.
David Crapp eventually fell for a gritty 57 but John Ulrick picked up the slack, scoring 41 not out for the Magpies, helping them post 8/190 from their designated 39 overs – which the match was reduced to due to the rain.
Bryant and Bell were the pick of the Nowra bowlers, claiming two each.
In reply, Nowra started slowly, with only Bell (12) and Ryan Henry (18) troubling the batsmen in the early stages of the innings.
But with the score on 5/66, Alex Legge and Jono Clack combined to put on an 81-run partnership.
Clack’s dismissal for 49 started another collapse for Nowra, losing their last five wickets for 41 runs – including Legge, who one ball after being dropped on the boundary going for the winnings runs, was run out by Troy for 72.
As such, Nowra fell two runs short (188) after 37.4 overs.
With the ball, Brandon (3/36), Troy (2/23), Herron (2/28) and Thorn (2/35) were best for Berry – who had both Hugh and Alec Dobson make their first grade debuts.
Thanks to this win, Berry finished in third on the ladder, while Nowra just miss out on finals action, after finishing fifth.
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