Golden Point has won its way into the twenty20 shield final in unique circumstances, overcoming Wendouree in a bowl-off.
The Pointies posted 141 runs from its 20 overs and Wendouree did likewise to have the scores locked at the conclusion of both innings which saw the sides enter a bowl-off to decide who would advance to Friday’s grand final.
It is in the Ballarat Cricket Association laws to decide a drawn final with a bowl-off, as opposed to a super over as seen in the Big Bash league.
Both sides nominated five bowlers each to bowl two deliveries, with the side to hit the stumps the most times out of 10 advancing.
Golden Point skipper Josh White won the toss and sent Wendouree into bowl first and the Red Caps only managed to hit the stumps once as Jonty Wall struck on the ninth delivery - leaving the Pointies in the box seat.
Golden Point passed the Wendouree score in just five balls as Simon Ogilvie and Brenton Parchment sealed victory by hitting the stumps on the fourth and fifth ball.
White said it was a strange way to decide a match, but was pleased to come away with victory despite not producing their best form.
“It’s a different way to finish a game of cricket,” White said.
“Tamar (Lambert) played pretty well, but I didn’t think we played particularly, we got bogged down a little bit, there’s a few things to work on but it was good to come away with the win.
“We’ll need a few more players to contribute (in the final), Tamar and I put on a good partnership and Falkner batted well at the start, but that was about it.”
Import Tamar Lambert once again starred with the bat, making an unbeaten 75 off 52 balls to back up his 60 runs against Darley last Friday.
White was rapt to see their import adapt so well to the conditions and after a lengthy process to get Lambert to Australia, he has wasted no time making an impact.
A crucial 58-run partnership between Lambert and White allowed Golden Point to go on and post the defendable score. Jack Peeters impressed with his 2-19 off four overs.
The Red Caps response was led by Matt Smith who made 46 while Tom Le Lievre made an unbeaten 45. Brenton Parchment was the standout bowler for the Pointies taking 1-13 from his four overs.