BECTIVE-EAST Bulls skipper Nick Pearson felt like he had been trampled by a few bulls at Chaffey Park last Saturday.
His side went from winning the 35-over-a-side game easily to almost being beaten by a rampant West Tamworth in a final five overs of batting mayhem.
Bective had made 6-191 thanks to a 47-ball 69 from Pearson and had West well under control at 8-113 and then 9-134 when West skipper Adam Penman went for 21 (17 balls).
Then big Garry Seghal (38no) strode to the crease and turned the game on its head.
He and Dan Hartley (24no) put on 52 for the 10th wicket in a few overs. Seghal blasted three successive sixes off Cal Rowe in his 19-ball stay, carving 25 off one over.
In the end, West finished 9-186, just six runs shy of an amazing win.
Pearson said it was his fault his side had almost thrown away a win that took it to second on the first grade premiership ladder.
He had instructed Rowe to “throw up” a few off-spinners to Seghal in the hope of having him caught on the boundary.
It almost worked.
While the young captain was dejected about what was almost a loss, there were some good points to the win.
“Teddy (Alderton) and Nathan (Lambley) bowled real well,” he said.
“Jonesie (Adam Jones) bowled in nice channels and took five.
“And I got a few today as well. Finally got my feet moving.”
It earned him the three points in the Cool Blue Ice Tamworth Best and Fairest Award and took him to four points, six adrift of B&F leaders Aaron Hazlewood and Simon Norvill.
Teammate Adam Jones polled the one point to move to five points on the table while Seghal’s two points were his first of the season.
Adam Mills also polled his first points of the season for his North Tamworth Redbacks in their five wicket win over a City United side where Terry Kampe grabbed the two points.
Simon Norvill polled the three points in his Old Boys’ win over South Tamworth.
Norvill struck 80 in the 9-264 whilst teammate Aaron Hazlewood scored 50 and took 1-31 to help restrict South to 9-231 in their top of the table clash.