TERANG’S resilience with the bat has helped its division one side knock off reigning premiers Heytesbury Rebels in a potential finals-defining win on Saturday.
The victory moved Terang into second spot by percentage after strong performances with both bat and ball led by veteran Tim Keane.
There seems to be no stopping Keane, who top scored with 45 before taking 3-15 and four maidens off 10 overs as Terang bowled the Rebels out for 95.
Earlier in the day Terang made 9-153, with Hamish Bruckner (34) and Keane combining for a 64-run partnership.
At one stage the visitors were 3-11 and when Jay Wynd was stumped creeping out of his crease, Terang sat at 4-35.
Keane and Bruckner got them back on track with Keane almost lasting until the end, guiding the team to 9-153 with the assistance of John Clarke (23).
Clarke, who was elevated as wicket keeper from division three in Liam Venn’s absence was impressive as he and Keane added 37 to the total in seven overs with Clarke scoring his 23 from 26 balls.
Terang’s bowlers had an equally impressive start to the Heytesbury innings with Keane and Sam Munro causing all sorts of headaches.
Keane claimed the three top order wickets of Jeff Rosolin, Tom Hunt and Tyler Schafer, while Munro cleared out the middle order on his way to 4-19 and one maiden off 10.
Terang captain Brett Hunger said it was a satisfying victory.
“It’s always good to knock off the reigning premier,” he said.
“It’s a bit of revenge after they knocked us out of the finals.
“We’re really, really happy with the win heading into Christmas.
“We’re sitting second and looking a lot better than if we had of lost that game.”
Hunger praised the middle order’s resilience with the bat after a tough start to the team’s innings.
“We lost a few wickets early and the guys that came in steadied the ship and got us back on track,” he said.
“The bowlers also played to how the game was going, they didn’t take unnecessary risks and bowled to the team plan.”
Hunger said a number of players had stood out and contributed throughout the match.
“Tim Keane had a really good game with the bat and ball,” he said.
“He’s been able to make a fair few runs against Heytesbury lately.
“Hamish Bruckner too had a good innings in the middle order and John Clarke came up from division three and played a really important innings for us.
“He made a quick-fire 23 and it was really helpful having those extra runs to defend.
“The other one was Sam Munro who with Keaney’ bowled really well.”
Meanwhile division three had a nail-biting loss in their trip to Princetown with dropped catches proving costly.
Princetown needed five off the last over with the first ball being a dot ball, the second was three runs which was followed by a wicket.
Two dot balls followed with two runs needed off the last ball. Princetown hit a boundary to secure the win which resulted in Terang dropping from first to second on the ladder.
In the Colts, Bailey Kavenagh batted the entire 30 overs to finish on 24 not out then backed it up with the ball opening the bowling and taking 2-3 from his six overs.