Sport

Taipans strike in thrilling T20 win

Nathan Fisher (left): "It was a good one to get."
Nathan Fisher (left): "It was a good one to get." Rob Williams

EASTERN Taipans gained plenty of satisfaction from their Twenty20 win over Northsiders on Monday.

After restricting the Tigers to 117, the Taipans won with two balls remaining.

It was the Taipans' first win of the competition while Northsiders slip to two wins and two defeats to remain fourth, behind Alberton, Swifts and Laidley.

For the Taipans, it was a sweet victory.

"It was a good one to get," captain Nathan Fisher said.

"Especially against a few of our old teammates."

Northsiders went into the game full of confidence, having won their past two T20 matches on the back of some devastating hitting from their Queensland Bulls ring-in Chris Lynn.

"I don't think they were too impressed," Fisher said.

"They thought they were going to win it easily.

"But they found out we're not as easy to beat as they expected."

A stellar bowling and fielding performance neutralised Lynn's impact and left the Taipans chasing a victory target of 118.

"Everyone bowled and fielded really well," said Fisher, who is the leading wicket taker in the competition with eight, after picking up one on Monday.

"It was probably our best effort all year.

"Russell Clarkson (3-9) bowled probably the best I've seen in a bit."

In reply, Taipans vice-captain Greg Jeffers played the anchor role, batting through most of the innings while the likes of Taylor Peach at the other end kept the run rate on target.

Dan Packer hit the winning run in the final over with two balls to spare.

Topics:  eastern taipans, northsiders tigers, twenty20 cricket


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