Veteran player Roger Mitchell played right through the Howie’s Hombres’ innings in Friday night’s Twenty/20 cricket grand final to ensure his team had a thrilling win over Bushies.
Tom Good won the toss for Bushies in Friday’s match and elected for his side to bat first.
Seasoned players Stewart Fraser and Craig Dillon were looking to get Bushies off to good start and while Fraser top scored with 39, Dillon only managed three runs before he was judged out LBW (leg before wicket) in what was to be his last Twenty/20 cricket match in Cobar before he soon heads to Maitland for work.
Jade Buckman with 11 and Heath Budd on 10, were the only other Bushies batsman to make double figures while Bryan Manns (5 not out) was left on his own at the crease in the 18th over.
Jake Harbison did most of the damage in the field finishing with bowling figures of 3/14.
Ben McBride took two wickets for 11 runs and Nicola Harbison also chipped in to take two wickets for 28.
Wade Potter took 1/19 and John Potter 1/20.
Howie’s Hombres had an achievable target of 104 to chase however they didn’t get off to a great start.
Roger Mitchell opened with Jay Egan but it was to only be a short-lived partnership with Egan run out in the first over with the score at 1/3. Mitchell was then joined by a succession of batters including Wade Potter (21), Lincoln Brenton (11), Chris Gilbert (4) before he and Jake Harbison (29) saw Howie’s Hombres through to a win by the 18th over.
Mark Fraser (1/14), Tom Good (1/14) and Stewart Fraser (1/15) were the wicket takers for Bushies.
Mitchell collected the grand final’s man of the match award.