BCA: Bulls snatch dramatic tie

LOW-order bat Luke Nunn carried Brown Hill to a dramatic 169-run tie with Golden Point at the Western Oval.The Ballarat Electrical Bulls were in major strife at 7-44 in the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts one-day clash.Nunn, batting number eight, lifted his game in a desperate bid for victory to score an unbeaten 108 runs (5 fours).Tension grew when the Bulls needed 16 runs to win off the final over.Nunn hit a four off the first delivery from Pointie paceman Matt Swards, then three twos before a dot ball.The Bulls scored two off a no-ball and needed three to win off the final ball – Nunn made two.Both camps were flat in the aftermath.Brown Hill captain Ryan Knowles said Nunn’s effort was one of the best innings he had seen at club level.But Knowles said his team should not have put Nunn in that position to start with.”Both teams were pretty disappointed,” Knowles said.”We bowled well early and our fielding was average. We let them back in the game when we should have had them out for about 100.”Our batting was pretty average.”We were terrible early – just not switched on.”We seem to have trouble chasing small targets. We become a bit too confident and throw it away.”It is the second week the Bulls have crumbled at the crease after building a formidable batting reputation in two-day matches.Golden Point captain Josh White said his team had its chances and paid the harsh price for not taking them.”It was like a win for them (Brown Hill) really. They pretty much came from no-where,” White said.”We dominated most of the game and in the end let ourselves down in the field.”Point pacemen Steve O’Loughlin, 3-31, and Ash Gunn, 2-13, swept through the Bulls’ top order.Rookie Simon Ogilvie chipped in 2-13, including Knowles’ scalp.The haul capped off a solid all-round effort for Ogilvie, who had earlier revived the Point innings with a hard-earnt 49 not out.Pointies’ opener Brad Palmer started the match steadily with 36 runs but when Point was 5-64, Ogilvie and Dwayne Hiscock made a solid 47-run sixth-wicket partnership.Ogilvie then teamed-up with Matt Swards to see Point to 6-169.The rare match result has pushed Brown Hill down into third spot amid a pre-Christmas ladder shuffle, while sixth-placed Golden Point sits nine points out of the top four.
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