Guyra beat Ex-Services

TOP FIVE: Guyra's BJ Cameron claimed seven scalps against Ex-Services and 49 runs to finish the first grade season fifth on the wicket-takers list and fourth on runs scored.
TOP FIVE: Guyra's BJ Cameron claimed seven scalps against Ex-Services and 49 runs to finish the first grade season fifth on the wicket-takers list and fourth on runs scored.

After claiming an initial win against City in round 13, Guyra have finished their return to first grade in emphatic style, securing two outright victories in their final matches. 

Their most recent triumph came against Ex-Services for the final round of the two-day season. 

The opening day on March 3 saw a dominant Guyra side easily claim first innings points.

The hosts dismissed Servies for 52 before going on to finish the day at 7-140. 

Heading into the second day, Ex-Services needed 88 to send Guyra back in to try and prevent an outright. 

Jake Ellis got the first breakthrough, dismissing Servies opener Andy Bartik for a duck. 

Leon Clifford was next to depart for the same score before BJ Cameron sent John Elliot packing when he trapped him lbw for two.

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Cameron had his second wicket of the innings when Nathan Lane was caught by Ben Jackson. 

Servies youngster Benji Marshall stayed at the crease long enough to score a boundary but that was all he managed as Cameron sent him for four. 

Jarrod Burton departed on nine off the bowling of Guyra captain Charlie Keen. 

Ben Spence stepped up to the crease and steadied Servies’ innings to score 36, aided at the other end by Phil Widders.

Ellis then cleaned up Widders’ stumps for nine to halt that partnership. 

Guyra’s Nick Page stepped up to dismiss Spence and Jake McFadyen followed suit off the bowling of Tom Smith 

Brad Widders smashed 41 before he succumbed to Cameron’s bowling to end Servies innings on 135. 

With the bat, Guyra needed 48 to earn the win. 

Openers Shane Wolfenden and Troy Martin looked sharp before Wolfenden was caught for 14 by Widders off Leon Clifford’s bowling. 

Heath Dowsett was bowled by Jarrod Burton but Guyra managed to chase down the required runs and earn an eight-wicket outright victory. 

Guyra’s back-to-back wins earned them second spot on the two-day ladder but they won’t play finals with their one-day form denying them the opportunity. 

While they won’t feature in the finals, Guyra captain Charlie Keen said it was positive to finish with two wins and it just proved how much hard work the side put in. 

“It has been a pretty ordinary year and beating Servies and City was really nice,” he said. 

“All the hard work and effort going into bowling and trying to stay in there with the bat has finally paid off. 

“Today [Saturday] we wanted to go out and try and pin them down for under 80 runs, they needed to get that before they got the lead again.

“All the hard work last Saturday and there was less pressure today.

“The bowlers bowled well, like the last few innings’ - Jakey, BJ, Tommy Smith, Nick Page all put in a great effort. 

“We looked sharp in the field, we knew what had to be done and we did it pretty well.”