Ballarat cricket: Wendouree and Darley tie in one-dayer as Mt Clear charges on 

Darley's Beau Jamieson looks for runs down the leg side against Wendouree in Saturday's tie
Darley's Beau Jamieson looks for runs down the leg side against Wendouree in Saturday's tie

WENDOUREE and Darley could not be separated in a drama-filled Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts tie on Saturday.

The Red Caps and the Lions finished locked on 153 runs apiece to share the points in an epic one-day encounter at Wendouree. Darley may regard the result as three points gained rather than three points lost after digging itself out of a serious hole.

Austen Prendergast (5-30) and Eamon Johnson (4-20) tore through the visitors to have them reeling at 8-60, before Jake Wilkie (45) and Brad Barnes (37) completed a recovery mission that dragged the Lions to a defendable 153 at the end of 45 overs.

Reigning EJ Cleary Medal winner Matt Cape (6-27) caused havoc for the hosts early in their run chase, seeing them slump to 4-36, before Gavin Webb led a fightback through the middle overs. Webb made 50 to bring his side back into the contest, but when he departed, the Red Caps were 6-125.

Brandon Weatherson and Matt Smith went cheaply and, when Johnson had to retire when his wife Carlee went into labour, the home side had crashed to be 9-143.

It all came down to the last over and the moment intensified when scorers realised Clint Salisbury had already reached his nine-over limit two balls into the 45th over.

 This left Wilkie to take the cherry and he snared the wicket of Prendergast when the scores were tied.

“It’s almost a fitting result in a way, but it’s just good to continue on our reasonable form and take points off Wendouree for the first time in a couple of years,” Cape said.

Wendouree remains fifth, while Darley is seventh, seven points adrift of the top four.

Other outcomes:

East Ballarat 2-98 d Coronet City 96 (Waldie 3-7, Hayes 3-11, Shaw 3-30)

Brown Hill 190 (Mapatuna 3-25, Rigby 3-29) d Napoleons-Sebastopol 156 (Mapatuna 52)

Mt Clear 8-215 (Goonan 65) d Ballarat-Redan 114 (Taylor 46, Gunn 4-18)

Golden Point 154 (Ogilvie 68) d North Ballarat 140 (score to be confirmed)