Merimbula Knights win off heavy hitters

Big runs: Merimbula all-rounder Matt Heafield watches the ball as it bounds off his bat in an 87-run haul on Saturday.

Big runs: Merimbula all-rounder Matt Heafield watches the ball as it bounds off his bat in an 87-run haul on Saturday.

The Pambula Bluedogs remain the leading run-scorer in the first division cricket, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Knights on Saturday. 

The second-placed Merimbula outfit faced off against Pambula, who are holding down fourth on the leaderboard and came out with a six-wicket victory. 

The Knights have become renowned for their defensive stands at the crease, holding out for an entire innings, but the club is also building its ability to hit a big score at the same time. 

The result essentially boiled down to the batting prowess of Merimbula opener Brendan Daley who smacked an unbeaten 110 runs not-out for the Knights. 

Regular big hitter Dylan Jordan went out cheaply, as did opener Rodney Rowland. 

However, English import Matt Heafield joined Daley at the crease and took the Pambula bowlers to task. 

The pair starred in a near 200-run partnership with Heafield notching up 87 before he was caught by Josh Hammond.

A quick-fire 11 runs from Ash Postance saw the Knights finishing their innings with the impressive figures of 4/233.

Lewis Hopkins secured two of the four wickets, while Corey Mitchell and Kye Overend claimed a single wicket each. 

The Bluedogs came close to chasing down the target, finishing the day all-out for 193 in the 36th over to fall 40 runs short of the mark.

The innings featured a few bouts of solid scoring, but a pair of unfortunate ducks leaving the club unable to chase down the target. 

Tom Hammond had a team-best knock of 39 runs, Tom Keath kept the tail end wagging with a good knock of 34 runs, while Liam Allan and Mitchell both notched up 30. 

Graham Briggs led the charge for the Merimbula bowling line-up, securing three wickets. 

Matt Priem and Ray Fisher also had a good outing, securing two wickets each. 

The Knights have also been given a boost through a CommBank sponsorship deal. 

The club will be granted $2000 a year over two years and provided an array of new equipment through the Commonwealth Bank-run program. 

Merimbula branch manager Tammie Bastian said it was delightful to back the Knights. 

“It’s great to be able to help Merimbula Knights Cricket Club because we know they do an excellent job in supporting local cricketers,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have established a partnership with them.”