Bacchus Marsh in thrilling tie with Sunbury United

Bacchus Marsh
Bacchus Marsh’s James Lidgett. (Shawn Smits)

By Tara Murray

Bacchus Marsh let slip an opportunity to put a claim on third spot, as the Bulls played out a tie with Sunbury United in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup.

The Bulls were in control for much of the game, but United fought back late to take it down to the final over.

The Bulls needed eight runs off the final over and ultimately two runs off the final ball. They could only get one and tied the game.

United made 8-133 before the Bulls made 7-133.

Bulls captain-coach James Lidgett said it was a disappointing result.

“We bowled really well,” he said.

“We kept it tight throughout most of the game and we would have taken that score any day of the week.

“We had a pretty good start with the bat and let it slip. United bowled really well after the drinks break.”

Three wickets down at the drinks break, Lidgett said they would have backed themselves in most times to get the runs.

He gave credit to the United bowlers and the job they did to restrict them. Lidgett top scored with 35.

The result all but ends the Bulls chances of finishing second, with the battle to finish third one to watch.

United sits third on 64.56 just ahead of the Bulls on 64.27. Lidgett said the match was a big one in the context of the season.

Bacchus Marsh finishes its season against Riddell and second-placed Diggers Rest Bulla. Lidgett said facing Diggers Rest Bulla in the final round would be the perfect tune-up to finals.

“The match showed how close it is between us and it’s going to be really tight,” he said.

“Every run and wicket will count.”

Diggers Rest Bulla remains in second spot despite a loss to top side Gisborne, while St Anthony’s is off the bottom of the ladder after beating Riddell.