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4 Wickets in 4 Balls for Surrey Hills, and a Cracking Round of A Turf


Ewoudt O'Donoghue
MAGIC secures victory for Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills 5/228 def. Boronia 10/207

Surrey Hills elected to bat first and behind a rapid 81 from opener Alex Cree from 86 balls that included two 6s and eight 4s, and an impressive supporting effort from Alex Harris (52) that included two 6s of his own, lead Surrey Hills to a healthy total of 5/228 from their 40 overs. Josh Ingram (2/30) and Ethan Ward (2/28) were the pick off the bowlers for Boronia.
But the story of this game was all about the second innings. After 2 quick wickets, and sitting at 2/25 things were already looking done for Boronia, but this brought their captain Ronnie McKendry to the crease. McKendry was hitting them everywhere, but despite small contributions, wickets kept falling at the other end. We hand it over to Richard Jones from Surrey Hills to discuss the rest of the match, who notes that in the 37th over at 6/199 Boronia were looking dngerous, with McKendy sitting on 86* and who was joined by Ingram sitting on 27*, they were both looking set at the crease.

'Enter Ewoudt 'Morne' O'Donoghue. With the 5th ball of his 6th over he removed Josh (Ingram) with a full ball on the stumps that the batter played all around. Next ball Stephen Bowen tried to hit back over the bowler's head for 6, but instead, skied it the length of the pitch where Morne caught it almost treading on the stumps.
Ronnie (McKendry) managed to take 7 from the 38th over to move to 93 and a wide took the score to 8/207. He then tried to hit a boundary over cover from the first ball of the 39th over, bowled by Morne. Surrey captain, Tom Foster, took a great catch running back over his shoulder to see off his opposite number. Number 11 Zac Schmidtke skied his first ball to Gus Napier and the celebrations began for a solid win over the top of the table Boronia, and an amazing four wickets in four balls to Morne O'Donoghue.'

Congratulaions Ewoudt O'Donoghue on such a tremendous milestone, and well done to both teams on a tightly contested game.
Old Carey 8/161 def. Mont Albert 9/160

Batting first Mont Albert were on the back foot early with Brendan Dugan (3/29) looking dangerous. Dale Greedy (44) and Jai Dalrymple (32) played important parts in helping Mont Albert reach 9/160.
Similar to Dugan, Greg Cull (3/25) and Chris Jackson (3/40) had the Mont Albert bowlers up and about early, but the Old Carey middle order batters of Jakob Devine (40), Nicholas Valentine (32), and Lachlan Knox (26) had Old Carey looking comfortable, but with their wickets it was up to captain Drew Smith and Dugan to finish the job, and with 8 wickets down, the tailenders managed to win the match on the 3rd last ball of the innings.

Burwood 5/178 def. Canterbury 8/177

Canterbury elected to bat first and were off to a great start behind Max Shuttleworth (34) and Alex Millard (66) batting at 2 and 3, but the Burwood bowlers were able to peg the rest of the team right back, with Dulith Gunaratne (3/37) picking up the most scalps, as Canterbury finished their 40 overs on 8/177.
Josh Martin (2/25) was off to a hot start for Canterbury caliming 2 early wickets as Burwood fell to 3/31). But captain James Wilson (62*) and Joshua Stacey (67) put on a 131 run stand before Stacey fell just before the finish line and another wicket for Canterbury meant we were heading for another tight finish. But Wilson who was joined by Daniel Melissinos and just like the other game, the chasing team were able to pass the total on the third last ball as well.

Thank you to Richard Jones for reaching out to us to share the 4 wickets in 4 balls story, just a reminder that if you have an extraordinary story that you want shared with the ECA community, contact Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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