QUEANBEYAN second grade produced a memorable run-chase on the weekend to win their Twenty20 semi-final against Norths and the star of the show was big left hander Simon Fahey.
Fahey’s heroics began with the ball where he produced a clinical spell of bowling to take 2/15 (4), to help restrict Norths to 6/150 off their 20 overs. The real fireworks however, were yet to come.
Queanbeyan’s run chase then began in shaky fashion as the Bluebags slumped to 4/41 from 10 overs as their finals ambitions looked to be slipping away.
Up step Fahey. Coming to the crease with his side in deep trouble, the white ball specialist’s launched an assault on Norths’ bowling that swung the momentum of the match firmly back into our boys favour.
He belted 60 runs off only 20 balls, smashing six 6s and four 4s at a strike rate of 300.00 in a truly breathtaking innings. Step aside Vele Dukoski.
Raglan Maddox hit the winning runs with a boundary off the last ball and a grand final appearance now looms in the New Year. Good luck boys.
Also, a big congratulations to Balinda Singh who scored his first hundred for the club on the weekend. From all accounts, Toyota will be approaching him for their next ‘oh what a feeling’ ad after his celebrations. Well done mate.
In other news the NRL’s decision to eradicate the shoulder charge has everybody talking.
The call is a total overreaction. Yes there were some sickening collisions last season, notably Greg Inglis’ absolute pole-axing of Dean Young.
These incidents are in the minority though and only receive such scrutiny due to the unintentional head contact and subsequent concussions received by players.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see players getting injured and neither do players want to injure their opponents but they were all united against the calls to ban it.
The NRL should have looked into further refining the laws surrounding the shoulder charge, and specifically high contact, before deciding that a blanket ban on one of the game’s most exciting features was the only way forward.