A handy hat-trick

WAYBACK: Ben Kayser smashed his way to a match-winning 41 including a few huge sixes.

WAYBACK: Ben Kayser smashed his way to a match-winning 41 including a few huge sixes.

It was a typically breezy Saturday afternoon at Ravendale where Wayback hosted Tasman.

Wayback openers Parsons and Campbell got off to a steady start to get the score to 17 before Parson was dismissed by Fuss.

The wickets then started to tumble and before they could blink, Wayback were 6/37 and on the ropes.

The old heads of Newman and O'Leary tried to get them back in the game but when young Jude had Newman caught by Frick they were in real trouble. 

This brought Kayser to the middle and he smashed his way to a match-winning 41 including a few huge sixes from Francis' bowling.

With the help of O'Leary (34) they scratched their way to 135.

Fuss was the pick of the bowlers with 3/16.

Taylor also picked up three wickets while Mitch Jude chipped in with two wickets with his leg spin.

Chasing 135, the Red Caps got off to a good start with George making his first runs against his old club at his third attempt.

George, Dyer and Smith all fell and at 3/30 it was game on.

Frick joined Dodd and they took the score to 76 before Robins dismissed Dodd, which brought Taylor to the middle.

Frick and Taylor looked to be getting on top of Wayback when O'Leary was brought into the attack and he grabbed the big wickets of Frick for 40 then Taylor (12).

Stockham continued to apply the pressure from the other end before ripping through the tail, taking the wickets of Bryant and Jude in consecutive balls.

With Stockham on a hat-trick it was up to Fuss to come out and face the hat trick ball.

With every Wayback fielder crowding the bat Stockham delivered a terrific delivery to Fuss, knocking over his stumps for a brilliant hat-trick.

However, the game was not done yet with Tasman nine down needing 31.

Francis was joined by Teakle and they got the score to 130.

Needing six runs to win off 14 overs Newman bowled Teakle to give Wayback a five-run win and keep their top two hopes alive.

As for Tasman, they would be left scratching their heads wondering how they let the game slip.

Stockham was the pick of the bowlers with 4/16 including that hat-trick. Frick was best with the bat with 40.

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