Merbein South rejoicing after tie

Merbein South batter Caitlin Hancock, on the way to an unbeaten 30, was her side’s hero.
Picture: Louise Donges

Merbein South batter Caitlin Hancock, on the way to an unbeaten 30, was her side’s hero. Picture: Louise Donges

MERBEIN South’s unbeaten season clinched the club’s first women’s cricket premiership after an unprecedented tied grand final against Mildura Settlers.

In a remarkable and heart-­stopping decider on Friday evening, last season’s premiers Mildura Settlers finished their 20 overs 7/85 – equal with the total set by Merbein South (5/85).

Settlers needed five runs off the final over with the ball thrown to Caitlin Hancock (1/11), who had bowled out the dangerous Shania McKinnon and earlier played a starring role with the bat to retire unbeaten on 30.

On a dramatic final ball, Settlers were three short of victory and ran a single before stealing a second run amid confusion from the fielding side to tie the game.

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