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Six on the last ball to win epic Final
Date of Event : Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:55AM

In what is now known as 'That Shot', Parramatta's Matt Drinnan hit a six off the final ball in the Weblin Shield Final to claim the unlikeliest of victories against a formidable North Shore score.

 

North Shore batted first on a picture-perfect day at Tunks Park, Cammeray, notching 3/248 off their 60 overs.  An imposing total in any game, let alone a final, the performance was thanks largely to a terrific century to Angus Carre, who carried his bat through the innings making 109*.  He shared a 169 run partnership with his captain, Sam Fanning, who hit 91 from 113 balls, including 13 fours.  North Shore had every right to feel confident defending 248 on a large ground....

 

Parramatta's run-chase started slowly, and at the halfway point in their innings they still needed 5.5 runs per over.  At 6/105, it looked as though North Shore were tightening the screws, as well as their grasp on the E.G. Weblin Memorial Shield.  It seemed everyone was thinking the same thing - that is, apart from the Parramatta batsmen who continued to walk out in the middle and play each ball on it's merits.  Having been told by their coaching staff if they simply played out the 60 overs they would be in with a chance, that's exactly how they batted.

 

The conclusion of the match is something no spectator or player will ever forget (although some may try!).  Parramatta started the 60th and final over of the match at 9/236 - requiring 13 runs to win.  The North Shore opening bowler pitched every ball up, bowling yorkers and giving the batsmen very little to work with.  Somehow Parramatta managed to eek out 7 runs off the first 5 balls, mostly in edges and pushes through the infield.  Then came the last ball...

 

The bowler walked back to his mark, the crowd held their breath, and in he came.  The ball was pitched up, right on middle, straight as an arrow.  Batting at #10, Matt Drinnan stayed completely still, swung back, and proceeded to middle the ball perfectly, belting it over the (almost) perfectly placed fielder at deep mid-wicket, and into the trees.  Needless to say the crowd erupted - there were tears of joy, tears of despair - and a stack of players on Matt Drinnan which may need to be reviewed by some OH&S Committee at a later date...

 

A sincere congratulations to both teams on an epic final - this is what cricket is all about.

 

Jason Lawless

NSWDCA Executive Officer


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