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Junior catches still win matches / Showgrounds last ball thriller

The Stage 1 Warriors were at home on Monday evening, hosting Kingborough Black. It was the second trip to the showgrounds for the Black Knights this season, the visitors winning comfortably in back in November.

Captain Felix Bourne won the bat flip, and chose to field. Kingborough were a couple of players short, but the runs were flowing and they ran brilliantly between the wickets. George Ribbon (52) hit a four off his last ball to bring up a rare half-century in the junior division.

Despite that, wickets were falling and every catch was taken. Felix (3/18) and Seb Johnston (2/12) were the pick of the bowlers, and took two catches each. Connor Lyness (2/16), Jack Stevenson (2/16), and Alex Leaman (1/7) attacked the stumps, while Max and Anthoney continued to improve.

The Black Knights set a monster target (12/150), but the many wickets meant the Warriors were in with a chance.

Connor (14) opened steadily, and was followed by some clean hitting from Jack (21) and Alex (18). The younger Warriors defended their stumps well, and didn’t get out to silly shots or run outs.

Seb Johnston (29) came out as the last batter, with the Warriors needing more than a run a ball from the last few overs. He proceeded to find the boundary and gaps with ease, and scores were tied with one ball remaining.

A simple clip around the corner was all that was needed to chase down the monster target, the Warriors winning by two runs posting 6/176.

Young Felix was Warrior of the Week, with two caught and bowled dismissals in his career-best bowling figures.