OMK’s Adam Miller brought up a magnificent one-day double hundred to take his team to victory over Wonthaggi Miners at Outtrim last Saturday.
OMK’s Adam Miller brought up only the second double hundred in the club’s A Grade history last Saturday, with the last ball of the day, in the team’s match against Wonthaggi Miners at Outtrim.
But his was arguably more meritorious than the double century by David Tessari some years ago as it was completed in a 40 over match where Tessari had many more overs at his disposal.
Miller opened the innings, in reply to Miners’ total of 9/207 and through partnerships with Jesse Van Rooy (33), Andy Gorrod (36) and Jason Wilson (19); he steadily overhauled the target and then with Wilson at end, pushed on for a big one.
And there was quite a crowd on hand to see some of the cleanest hitting you’d ever want to see in a country cricket match with the C2 and C1 OMK teams back to see Miller post his first ton.
“A feature of the innings was that he didn’t offer a chance and he hit several big sixes and numerous fours, despite the fact that the fieldsmen were spread out around the boundary,” said club stalwart Gary Adams.
“He needed seven off the last over but only one off the last two deliveries however the batsmen thought he needed two and they didn’t go for what would have been an easy single, down the ground, off the second last ball.
“Everyone called out from the boundary that he only needed one for 200 but as it turned out, he nicked one into his pads, possibly the only false shot for the day, and they scampered through for the single.
“It was great to watch and quite an effort to get there in a one dayer.”
Needless to say, OMK won the match which was a vital result in the context of relegation.
The other important match was between Inverloch and Wonthaggi Workers on the Inverloch Turf and that old adage of being guarded in comments about the first innings score until the other team has batted on the pitch was proved correct again.
Inverloch managed a modest 151 on the back of a vital half century by Will Rankin and then got the early wickets of Tim Hooper and David Britt to put Workers on the back foot.
Gavin Britt and Ryan Thomas steadied the ship against a varied and persistent attack by Invy but they couldn’t quite get there in the end.
The win has Inverloch equal on points at the top of the table with Nerrena on 84 and Workers some way adrift in third.
Nerrena had no trouble accounting for Phillip Island but such wasn’t the case at the East Campus where Imperials got up in thrilling circumstances.
Still needing 130 off 20 overs to win at tea, Imps were in trouble when they lost two wickets straight after tea, paving the way for English import Chris Silkstone to join the fray.
He went nuts with the willow, however, scoring 103 in very quick time, leaving the worthy Town total of 9/186 in his wake. His innings featured seven sixes and eight fours.
Steve Fixter bore the brunt at the end, after the match was won, with Sauvarin and Silkstone taking 22 off his one over.