THE Canberra Cavalry, featuring former Shoalhaven Mariners Jack Middleton, Cam Warner and Kyle Perkins, have come away with a nail-biting 2-all series split against the Auckland Tuatara at McLeod Park in New Zealand.
The opening game of the series saw Steve Kent continue his impressive start to the season by striking out nine Auckland players.
Despite being down by a run, the Cavalry quickly responded in an explosive fourth innings, when Boss Moanaroa, Cam Warner, Robbie Perkins and Zach Wilson all finished with hits – to set-up the 6-2 win.
Game two saw a thrilling 3-2 walk-off victory by the Tuatara – thanks to an eighth innings match winning hit by Kris Richards.
Once again the weather had its impact as game three was shortened due to persistent rain and heavy winds.
Despite the tough conditions, Calvary pitcher Shota Imanaga continued his blistering start to the season after striking out 10 in five innings, including the in-form Jenkins.
Kyle Perkins then took charge, as he cleaned the ball over the fence for the first score of the day, which was shortly followed an impressive homerun by Wilson.
The Tuatara struck back but it was to no avail as the umpires called it in the seventh due to the heavy rain – sealing the 2-1 win.
The final game of the series was a disappointing end for the Cavalry, falling short of a series win with a 9-1 defeat.
The Cavalry now look to build on their momentum as they come back to defend the capital for their first home series against Greenwell Point’s Tim Atherton and his reigning champions Brsiabne Bandits.