Swifts notch upset victory as riled Centrals left in the dark
SWIFTS caused a boilover in the Ipswich Logan Premier League, beating second-placed Central Districts on Saturday.
In a match reduced to 40 overs per innings at Mark Marsh Oval, Swifts were declared winners by one run when play was halted 2.3 overs early due to bad light.
At that point, Centrals, with six wickets in hand, needed three runs to win from 15 deliveries.
"They were not happy," Swifts batter Aaron Fuller said.
"They were getting up the umpires but even the umpires said 'We can't even see the ball'.
"But we were bowling really tight."
There will be little sympathy from Swifts who will feel they've had some justice after getting the worst of the conditions in their previous game against Eastern Taipans.
On Saturday, Swifts posted an impressive 185 from their 40 overs thanks mainly to contributions from opener Fuller (33), first drop Jason Green (60) and middle-order schoolboy Mitch Wood (28).
Fuller and Green frustrated Centrals with their 51-run second wicket partnership.
"They were pretty cranky," Fuller said.
"There was a lot of mouthing off.
"Me and Greeny held them out for about 20 overs.
"We both played the anchor role because we wanted to stay there for 20 overs and get past drinks with wickets in hand.
"Lately we've been folding before 20 overs."
Wood justified the approach, hitting out late to lift Swifts to a defendable total.
"He kept his head," Fuller said.
"He hit a couple of sixes in the end.
"But he usually goes out and has a good old tonk."
With the ball, Swifts did enough to stay in the game, despite only taking the four wickets, thanks to some economic bowling.
Centrals' captain Ben O'Connell (77) and former captain Jason O'Sullivan (37) looked likely to win it for the home team with their 108- run stand for the third wicket.
But both fell at a crucial time, with the score on 174.
"We bowled tight areas, fielded well and put our bodies on the line," Fuller said.
Fuller believes the win proves Swifts have finally learnt what it takes to win the tight contests.
"We've just got to keep the mentality and keep it there," he said.
Fuller himself has become something of a lucky charm for the Bluebirds.
"I've played five games and we've won three," he said.
"We've only won five in the past three years."