Game tied: ‘Unbelievable’ end to Premier crunch match

THE Premier Division title race will go right down to the wire in the Jersey Post Weekend League, after the top two battled to a memorable, high-scoring ‘tied’ match at FB Fields.

OVs bowler Matt Donaldson hit back-to-back sixes in the final over of the match to take his side to the brink of victory Picture: DAVID FERGUSON
OVs bowler Matt Donaldson hit back-to-back sixes in the final over of the match to take his side to the brink of victory Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

It was simply one of those brilliant afternoons of local sport that many of us have missed so dearly for a large chunk of this year.

Farmers Caesareans had posted an imposing 274-8 from their 40 overs, and with Old Victorians losing early wickets in their reply there was little sign of the drama to come. But, excellent knocks from Corey Bisson (77) and Jonty Jenner (70) helped set the stage for a thrilling, tension-filled final over.

Needing 18 from it to win, Matt Donaldson smashed the first two balls from Island captain Chuggy Perchard down the ground for back-to-back sixes. Suddenly the task seemed more straight forward; six from four balls would win it.

A quickly taken two, followed by two singles left OVs requiring two off the last delivery for a remarkable victory. Donaldson, back on strike, looked for the reverse sweep but didn’t time it. It was enough to scramble one run to backward point, but no more. 274 plays 274.

The tie was all the more noteworthy because of the context. The sides had gone into this penultimate round of league fixtures separated in the table by just a single point, and in the knowledge that the victors would put themselves in pole position to lift the trophy later this month.

Full report and reaction in Monday's JEP.

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