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Fail to snare nailbiter

IT came down to the last ball of the match but Bankstown’s first cricket side couldn’t hit the winner, going down to Penrith by four runs.

Tight bowling and focused fielding kept the run rate reduced but Bankstown had a battle on their hands against the Panthers who kept the score ticking over after they were sent into bat in round five of the Premier Grade Cricket match on Saturday.
After 18 overs, Penrith were 1 for 102 and starting to look very comfortable.
More wickets were needed as the second fell at 2 for 152 in the 27th over – so a very large total to chase was looking ominous.
Motivation grew as Tyler Van Luin grabbed a skied pull shot off Daniel Burns’ much more controlled bowling to take a catch at mid on with Penrith now 3 for 170 in the 32nd over.
Then Van Luin snared another LBW and three balls later, struck again. He was well supported by Burns – who finished with 1 for 45 off his 10.
Panthers were 6/219 in the 44th over and looked good until Marshall (1/64 off 10) got the next wicket with a simple catch to Solway.
Bankstown Coach Corey Richards said after the start that Penrith had, he’d “happily take 250 to chase” and that is exactly what Bankstown needed to win.
The Dogs’ opening batters of Nick Carruthers and Daniel Solway showed plenty of purpose but, with the score on 32 in the 6th over, Carruthers was easily caught.
Zeeshaan Ahmed joined Solway and they kept the score ticking until Solway was caught behind for 28 and the Dogs now 2 for 61, were still a very long way from home.
The talented left-handed Brendan Smith joined Ahmed and the two started to rebuild the Bulldogs innings with a partnership reaching 101.
They now needed 59 runs off 10 overs to win with wicketkeeper Deal joining in. Van Luin was next up with Cormack and brought the equation much closer to nearly a run a ball with 4 overs to go.
The last over arrived and Bankstown need 10 to win.
First ball saw Van Luin caught and then Clark managed two runs off a few balls, but the final ball was just a single and so the Dogs fell agonisingly short at 8/245.