Last-ball drama in Bushfire Relief Match: Gilchrist XI’s batsmen nearly tied a lost match at the Junction Oval.
During the one-off Bushfire Relief Match between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI at the Junction Oval, Gilchrist XI batsmen Cameron Smith and Nick Riewoldt attempted to run four runs off the last ball to tie the match.
The drama began in the last over when Gilchrist XI needed 17 runs off an over being bowled by veteran Australia all-rounder Daniel Christian. The equation was reduced to Gilchrist XI requiring 10 runs off the last ball.
With Riewoldt scoring a boundary off a no-ball from Christian, Gilchrist XI needed five runs to win off the last ball. While many thought of Ponting XI already winning the match, Smith and Riewoldt tried their best to tie the match.
After Riewoldt hit a Christian delivery to Phoebe Litchfield at long-on, the batting duo didn’t settle for a single especially after Christian jokingly threw the ball back towards Litchfield.
The sight of desperation and jocularity during the running between the wickets was the perfect conclusion to the match which brought back plentiful memories among fans across the globe.
Chasing a 105-run target in 10 overs, Gilchrist XI scored 103/6 in their allotted quota of overs. Had it not been for them retiring players to give opportunities to everyone, Gilchrist XI might well have chased the total especially after captain Adam Gilchrist (17) and opening batsman Shane Watson (30) provided them with a quickfire start.
Last-ball drama in Bushfire Relief Match
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