RYAN Campbell's cat-like innings may have cost him five of his nine lives but the Emerald Magpies batsman made the most of his chances.

His 71 not out should have been enough for his side as they racked up 141 from their 40 overs. Enter Blackwater Bilbies captain Wayne Short who was more than a match for the Magpies bowlers, steering his side to a famous win with 83 not out.

Campbell said it was a disappointing loss for his side, despite a solid day for himself.

"We set a reasonably good score and got eight wickets before their last wicket stand got them the win," Campbell said.

"So it was a disappointing way to lose, we did enough to win.

"71 not out is a good score, but I definitely got a bit lucky. I used five lives and hopefully I don't need any more of them.

"It has been a tough season but we have blooded a lot of young blokes and it is really good to see them performing. It's great to see them come through and kept the sport thriving."

Campbell's innings feature 10 fours including a number to cow corner and some vicious straight drives.

Bilbies skipper Wayne Short sends one to the boundary.
Bilbies skipper Wayne Short sends one to the boundary.

"I knew if I could stay there till the end we would get the runs," Short said.

"Brad hung around and we put on 50 for the last wicket, we were 8-92 and got home in the end. It was a great win, especially like that.

"I was pretty wrapped at being not out, first time since junior cricket I have opened and carried the bat right through.

"I had to be pretty patient but I was running out of partners pretty fast. I love batting on turf though so I was just glad to make the runs."

Short's opening partner Steve Cronin was forced to retire hurt with a calf injury, he did have the pads on ready for a last stand - thanks to Short's heroics, he wasn't required. Short later said it was the best his side had bowled all year.

"That's the best all-round bowling attack that I have had playing for Blackwater," he said.

"Magpies have a good line-up and we ripped through their top order.

"They are a pretty good side; they scored nearly 300 against us last year with a similar side, so it shows how much we have improved."


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