Cricket Twenty20: Red Caps a stunner

WENDOUREE has kept its hopes of a third-straight Ballarat Cricket Association club Twenty20 title alive with a stunning victory over Brown Hill last night.

The Red Caps hauled in the Bulls’ massive total of 6-209 in the final over to progress to next Tuesday’s semi-finals.

Wendouree’s unlikely victory was made possible with some big hitting from opening bowler Eamon Johnson, who smashed 42 at number eight to carry his team over the line.

Earlier in the run chase, skipper Cole Roscholler made 83 as the Red Caps recovered from a slow start to work their way into the game.

Tim Miller hit the winning runs inside the last over as Wendouree passed the total with just two wickets in hand.

The defeat is a bitter pill for Brown Hill to swallow.

After all, the Bulls had conceded more than 10-runs-an-over to lose the match, with Tim Knowles’ brilliant 101 and Jason Knowles’ 74 going to waste as the hosts bombed out of the competition.

Wendouree now joins Ballarat-Redan, Napoleons-Sebastopol and Mt Clear in the semi-final stage of the competition.

Brown Hill had been forced to play the Red Caps despite winning its opening-round game on Tuesday night against East Ballarat. The Bulls had the smallest winning margin of the four victors.

tim.oconnor@thecourier.com.au

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