Bolters bow out of Plan B Bash

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Gone and Bolted: Northern Inland Bolters all-rounder Ryan Meppem fires a delivery down to a Macquarie Stinger batsmen in the tight opening round Plan B Bash loss on Sunday in Port Macquarie. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Nanjing Night Net

THE Northern Inland Bolters have fallen just short in the opening match of the Plan B Regional Bash one year after suffering a similar fate in the grand final at the SCG.

The Bolters faced the Macquarie Stingers in Port Macquarie on Sunday, and after winning the toss skipper Tom Groth elected to bat.

Last years player of the tournament Simon Norvill fell for five at the top, while Gunnedah’s Andy Mack opened his shoulders on debut to score a quickfire 23 from 14 balls to get the run rate going.

Ryan Meppem (6) and Brendan Rixon (3) then fell cheaply as the Bolters found themselves battling at 5-54 after eight overs.

Batsmen Adam Jones said that while they were maintaining a decent run rate they lost too many early wickets.

“We did well to recover with both the bat and then the ball,” Jones said.

“The lower order put on some good runs and gave us a total to bowl at.”

Harrison Kelly (24), Groth (21) and Brendan Reynolds (16) added some valuable runs as the Bolters saw out the 20 overs at 9-143 after smashing 23 runs off a super over that sees every run off the bat doubled.

“They (Stingers) got off to a flyer with the bat but we fought back again,” Jones said.

“Harrison Kelly and Ryan Meppem bowled really well to slow it down and took some wickets.”

Kelly finished with 4-23 while Meppem took 1-21 as well as a good catch and a run-out.

Stingers opener Kurt Prosper did some early damage scoring 56 from 42 balls to set up the win, although with three overs remaining the hosts needed 40 runs for victory and were under some sustained bowling pressure.

“They needed 30 oddoff the last two but then called for the super over in the second last –it really changed the game,” Jones said.

The Bolters kept them to five singles before the batsmensmashedthe last ball over the fence for a six and a 22 run over, leaving only five to get.

A run-out in the final over had everyone on the edge of their seat before the second last ball of the day flew through slips and into the boundary to seal the victory with just one ball remaining and two wickets in hand.

“It was a very disappointing way to lose after we fought back,” Jones said.

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