Down to the wire

DIGGERS clinched a nail-biter by two wickets over Leagues Club to claim the Peter Davis One-Day Cup yesterday.

The final match of the 40-over format went down to the wire as the winning runs were notched up with just eight balls left in the second innings.

Diggers won the toss and chose to bowl, trusting Tom Webb (4-17) to take four wickets including Leagues danger man Paul Plummer (19).

At 9-88 Leagues didn't look like posting a three figure total and would have been well and truly out of the contest if not for a superb final wicket stand by Alex McMaster (24 not out) and Luke Peruzzi (9 not out).

Other than McMaster, the only other two batsmen to score above nine for the match were Jimmy Binks (22) and Plummer.

The typically humble Plummer was disappointed with his own performance but said he was satisfied to be part of a thrilling contest.

"It was a great game and at least, in my eyes, we weren't very far behind," Plummer said.

"It was disappointing to lose but from a club perspective we are much better than we have been for the last couple of years.

"Of course it was disappointing to go down but we were certainly competitive and in the end we almost got there."

Plummer said his side didn't post enough runs to win, although without the efforts of the final pair the match wouldn't have been nearly as close.

"125 is about 15 or 20 runs short of what we should have been but Diggers batted well to get the runs," he said.

"Alex McMaster and Luke Peruzzi put on a 10-wicket partnership which got us to a total we could defend."

After falling two runs shy of top scoring for Diggers Jimmy Binks backed it up with four wickets but

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it wasn't enough for victory.

Diggers three stand-out batsmen Pat Whittard (26), Tom Valeri (23) and Jason Hampel (31) clinched the final.

Captain Jarrod Cahill was proud that his side could beat Leagues' Club when it counted, having considered them frontrunners throughout the season.

"We haven't beaten Leagues' all year and they've been the top side that everyone's looked up to so it was good to beat them in the grand final," Cahill said.

"It was great for the boys because we haven't had too good a year in the two-day competition so this was a nice win.

"Of course we only beat them by two wickets and it was is pretty edgy but it was a win nevertheless."

Diggers bowler Chris Lugton (3-11) said the winning players wouldn't let the fact that the win came on a Sunday night stop them from celebrating, having scheduled today off work.

PREMIER PLAYER: Jarrod Cahill gets through the crease on his way to figures of 2-26 off the maximum 10 overs.

PREMIER PLAYER: Jarrod Cahill gets through the crease on his way to figures of 2-26 off the maximum 10 overs.


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