Newtown and Rugby played out an incredibly thrilling, and also amazingly rare, tie at Lady Cutler 2 during the fourth round of the RSL-Pinnington Cup on Saturday.
Jakob Short starred for Newtown, scoring 112 as his side piled on 4/238 from its 45 overs.
The Tigers seemed destined to score victory when ripping through Rugby’s top order and while Jacob Bruce (40) showed some fight his side was still in huge trouble at 9/168.
But young gun Max Rumble (48 not out) and Adam Richards (40 not out) produced a fantastic final-wicket partnership.
By the time the final over came around the equation was simple – Rugby needed nine runs and Newtown still needed that one wicket.
Captain Tom Barber took the ball, he hadn’t bowled all day, and Rugby needed just two runs from the final ball to win. But only a single could be recorded to see the game finish all square.
Amazingly, it was the second tie of the season after RSL-Colts and Macquarie shared the points in round two.
At Lady Cutler 2, South Dubbo held off a Joe Haylock-inspired Macquarie to earn another win and stay top of the ladder.
Haylock claimed his maiden five-wicket haul but Hornets stalwarts Greg Rummans (53) and Richie Richardson (46) helped their side to a total of 176.
No other player made 20, however Eddie Knight (18) stuck around with Richardson early to help add 58 for the second wicket.
Haylock tore through the middle and lower order to finish with 5/26 from eight overs and give his side some momentum.
The Blues skipper opened the batting but didn’t last long, falling for 8 and he was one of five of the top eight batsmen who failed to make double figures.
Brayth Stevenson (47) and Ian Marchant (30) were two Macquarie batsmen who showed fight but both fell to Saad Khan.
Khan finished with 4/30 while Shaf Malik chimed in with 3/16 to help dismiss Macquarie for 146.
At Lady Cutler 4, CYMS downed RSL-Colts to keep its winning run going and ensure the defending premiers remain winless.
It was another solid all-round effort from the Cougars and again the top order fired.
Bowling first, CYMS dismissed Colts for 156. Josh Thompson took 3/34 from nine overs while Sam Knaggs (2/19), Jed McIntosh (2/29) and Gilbert Chaseling (2/42) all chimed in.
Nathan Finlay, who enjoyed a strong individual game for Colts, top-scored with 48.
Heath Larance (50), continuing his fine form, and Connor Watts (20) added 57 for the first wicket and then Cal Giffin (43) ensured the runs kept ticking over.
But in the first over after a drinks break Finlay (4/15 off 9) bowled a triple-wicket maiden to get his side back in it.
However, it proved too little too late as the Cougars reached the target with two wickets and 4.3 overs to spare.