In the biggest boilover of the 2012/2013 Triggs Shield season, the last-placed Royal Hotel Pirates overcame the Yass Golf Club at the weekend. But Piranhas captain Robert Field says he isn’t worried.
The Golf Club won the toss on Saturday and managed a respectable 180 before they were skittled by the Pirates bowling attack.
In form batsman Daniel Poidevin continued his stellar season, scoring 65. Poidevin averages around 66 this season and is well clear of Snipers skipper David Field in the number of runs scored this season. Poidevin got good support from Adrian Waters, who managed 23. Waters is also showing form at the business end of the competition.
The pick of the bowlers for the Pirates were Andrew Holgate and Alex Waters, who both snagged two wickets.
In response things looked bleak for the Pirates, who hadn’t won a match since Christmas. The side was reeling at five for 46, but batsman Nick Pollack kept his head and made 101 not-out. He brought up his century, and got the winning runs off a boundary with just two balls to spare.
Pollack got support from a number of the Pirates’ lower-order players, namely wicket-keeper Brad Wylie, who scored 24. Poidevin was again in the limelight, taking a pair of wickets.
Golf Club captain Field insists the loss on Saturday is a non-issue for his players and that it won’t affect the form that they have shown throughout the season.
“I don’t think the team is worried. Full credit to the Pirates of course but we had a fair few players out so I’m not really concerned.”
Wylie said the match will do the exact opposite for his side going into their must-win semi-final against Bowning.
“It was really good to get the win on Saturday, especially heading into the finals... everyone was really happy after the game and it gives us some confidence going into our game against Bowning on Saturday.”
In the other Triggs Shield match, played at Bowning Oval, the hosts won the toss and batted first.
They were able to put together a total of 149 but it never looked like it would be enough.
The Snipers chased down the target for the loss of just two wickets. Chris Rawlinson starred, scoring an impressive and unbeaten half century (51 not-out).
In the semi-finals this weekend the Golf Club play the Soldiers Club at Victoria Park and Bowning play the Pirates at Joe O’Connor Park. The winner of the match at Victoria Park goes on to the final, while the loser will play the winner of the match at Joe O’Connor. The loser of that match is out.
For photos from the weekends match between the Soldiers Club and Bowning, click here.