Bushies record back-to-back wins

Bushies have recorded back-to-back Twenty20 Cricket grand final wins after beating Tilpa by six runs in a tense match on Friday night.

Bushies won the toss and elected to bat first.

Their openers Alec Fraser and Jade Buckman made a cautious made as they looked to lay a solid foundation from which they could launch from in the later overs.

Fraser fell for 26 runs and Buckman was later run out for 30.

Stewart Fraser (23 not out) and Matt Nicholson closed out the innings for Bushies as they finished with 4/146 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Tilpa needed a run rate of just over seven runs an over to win, and so the pressure was on the Bushies to bowl Tilpa out.

Despite not taking a wicket in the first six overs, the bowling was tight and the pressure had turned to now being on the Tilpa team.

They only managed to score 13 runs during their power play phase and the run rate required had jumped to 9.5 runs an over.

Following the dismissal of Jack Fazulla, James McClure joined Josh Brown at the crease and the pair started to run the Bushies fielders ragged with quick singles and tight twos.

Tilpa were soon back up to being near the required rate and looked to be taking back the ascendancy in the game.

Brown brought up his half century but was dismissed shortly after for 52 while trying to increase the rate run further.

It came down to the final over of the match with Tilpa needing 21 runs to win.

After a single off the first ball, Mitch Holt was on strike.

The next was a dot ball (no runs) and Tilpa needed to get 20 runs off the remaining four balls.

Holt then hit consecutive sixers to bring the required total down to a doable eight runs off two balls.

Bushies’ bowler Bryan Manns held his nerve and the next ball he bowled was a dot ball.

Tilpa scored two runs off the final ball but they had fallen six runs short of the target.

They finished with a total of 3/140 from their 20 overs and Bushies claimed the Collins Family Cup Champions trophy as the 2019/2020 Twenty/20 competition winners.—contributed