SCOTT Tennyson calls himself a “bit of a slogger” with the bat but it was his two successive boundaries that saw Taroom-Wandoan home with just a ball to spare.
Medium pace bowler Tennyson said Taroom was looking shaky in the 241-run chase set by Jandowae in the sixth round of the Chinchilla and District Cricket Association premiership when they were 5/114 after 30 overs.
Taroom’s top order failed to fire, with only Tom Ryan (14) reaching double figures out of the top four.
Rob Lethbridge (32) and top scorer Daniel Borrow (62) eased the nerves before tail-enders Don Lethbridge (41 no) and Tennyson (16 no) steered them home. Facing up for the last over with two wickets left and seven runs, number 10 Tennyson said he was nervous.
“Batting at number 10 it is not really my job [to hit winning runs].
“I’m a bit of a slogger – not much style.
“It was a good effort by the tail-enders,” the 37-year-old said.
Tennyson had earlier done the damage with the leather ball, taking 5/81 after Taroom lost the toss and was ordered to bowl first.
Tennyson and the other Taroom pace attack copped some stick from the Jandowae top order that made a commanding start through opener Josh Wilkes (82), experienced number three Scott Gregory (53) and B Milne (67).
After a 124-run partnership between Gregory and Wilkes was finally ended with the opener’s dismissal by Graham Nowell, Gregory and Milne’s 29-run partnership was the last of Jandowae’s joy.
When Tennyson dismissed Gregory, he then tore through the middle and lower order with no Jandowae batsmen outside the top four making double figures, and the side all out in the 40th over.
Tennyson said the top order had taken to him, but the wicket had suited the spinners better, with Rod Adcock (2/48) not going for many runs.
Tennyson said the Jandowae spin bowlers restricted Taroom’s batsman more than the pace bowlers.
Jandowae’s best with the ball was Wilkes, who capped a strong all-round effort with 4/31.
Jandowae were not helped by ill-disciplined bowling, with 46 extras making the second highest score.
“There was only a foot between hitting the stumps and them hitting us to the fence,” Tennyson said.
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