Hayden Baker produced in Imperial Hotel Tigers co-captain Mitch Swain’s assessment his best innings to save them against the Sign Print Stars on Friday night.
The Tigers were in trouble at 6-56 in reply to the Stars’ 7-140 before Baker (52no off 29) and Gavin White (31 off 22) combined for a 65 run stand to get them back in the game.
They had a brief wobble when White was run-out, losing 3-2, but Baker and Gus Davidson (6no) got them home with four balls to spare.
“It was one of the better knocks you’ll see, especially from young bloke,” Swain said of Baker’s innings.
“As a captain you should be leading from the front.”
He thought White’s knock was also crucial.
“Gav probably turned the game in our favour,” he said.
“He was probably the one that got us back in touching distance.”
It was an allround effort from the Stars bowlers with Ben Irwin picking up three, Sam Doubleday and Brodie Cleal two apiece and Luke Ryan one.
There were similarly no stars with the bat with Irwin making 32, Kaleb McIlveen 22, Zach Martin 15, Kobe Harris 13, Clean 16, Brad Gander 16no and Andrew Swain 10.
White preceded his efforts with the bat with 3-23 and was the pick of the bowlers in what was Swain said a “pretty ordinary” performance.
“We bowled well in patches,” Swain said.
“Gav was very good. He swung the ball both ways.”
For the most part though they weren’t quite on the mark. Swain was himself a culprit.
“That two loose deliveries an over are costing us,” he said.
“(But) We found a way to win.”