By Jake Santa Maria
ON a hot humid day at Robinson Reserve, Osborne Park resumed at 3-26 but with not-out batsman Daniel Bower unavailable they were effectively four down.
The pressure was on with Kevin Hall and Joel Charles bowling some tight lines and when Jason Cole was pinned in front Osborne Park slumped to 5-35.
All fielders were in the inner ring as both Charles and Hall bowled extended opening spells and excellent in-fielding stifled Osborne Park’s progress.
But Matthew James and Clayton Collins weathered the storm and outlasted the opening spells to put on a much needed partnership.
Yanchep lacked a third frontline bowler and Osborne Park made hay as the pressure fell as the Redhawks lost their line and lengths.
It took until Hall came back for his second spell to find success with James’ edge caught at slip to provide a big lift to Yanchep.
Six wickets down became seven as Hall had Pierre Mass caught behind in his next over.
Another small partnership grew before Hall made it three wickets as Sam Christie took a brilliant catch diving forward at cover to take it just above the turf at 8-95.
As the 100 came up every run counted and a couple of wides and an inside edge just past the stumps got the equation to 10 to win before Charles castled Steven Childs.
Tea came with the Osborne Park needing seven runs to win with one wicket left.
The match was decided in Joel Charles’ over after tea when a single to point was followed by drama as a single to square resulted in David Magee pulling his hamstring and a runner coming out with five to win.
A short ball was then pulled forward of square for three and with two to win a very close LBW shout the next ball was turned down as Osborne Park scampered a leg bye to tie the match.
A bye of the final ball saw Osborne Park crawl over the line.
Hall then bowled Trent Sanders to finish with 4-22 off 14.4 overs as Osborne Park finished on 126 in reply to Yanchep’s 120.
Yanchep then struggled in the second innings losing 7-76 before the match was called.
It was a tough loss for the Redhawks who fought hard all day but one Yanchep captain Michael Knight said he could be proud of for the way they pushed all day.
Yanchep face West Coast Cricket Club in the final game of the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade season at John Maloney Park on Saturday.