Donnybrook hold nerve to keep fourth spot up for grabs

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Jason Shine forlornly trudges off after being dismissed.
Camera IconJason Shine forlornly trudges off after being dismissed. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Donnybrook’s bid to play finals will be decided on the final day of the regular season after they held on for a three-wicket win over Leschenault at Leschenault Recreation Park on Saturday.

The victory was based on disciplined bowling, with the visitors capitalising on a howling wind at the pavilion end.

Trailing the Green Caps by seven points heading into the penultimate game of the home and away campaign, Bradman May’s side knew they needed to make a statement early.

By subjecting the home side to quality deliveries and forcing several undesirable shots, the Green Caps spiralled out of control and were 6-65 at drinks.

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However, with the visitors seemingly going in for the kill, a solid knock from Jason Shine (41 off 66 balls) gave Donnybrook a few points to ponder towards the back end of the innings.

Shine’s fun eventually came to an end after he was trapped in front by Norman Bedford (2-15 off eight overs), who earlier had claimed the highly prized scalp of Leschenault skipper Matt Fink.

Set 115 for victory, Green Cap seamers Brody D’Agostino and Jacob Templeton began their defence like a whirlwind, removing experienced duo Mark Manea and Paul Reynolds for ducks.

At 2-2, May (61 off 120 balls) came to the crease and irrespective of what was thrown at him, the skipper stood and delivered.

Even when he brought up his half century with an expansive drive during the closing stages of the match, May’s bat raise appeared to last a millisecond — such was his focus on delivering a crucial win for his teammates.

Donnybrook will secure fourth spot if they defeat Hay Park at Egan Park on Saturday and Leschenault lose against reigning premiers Eaton.

For the Green Caps, destiny is in their hands. Should they defeat the Bobtails, who are keen to wrap up top spot, Donnybrook will be unable to catch them.

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