Magpies take a battering
EMERALD Magpies wicketkeeper Tim Spiehowicz won't be forgetting the name Grant Collins any time soon... or maybe he will.
The Magpies' player was lucky to remember anything after a mis-timed hit by the Blackwater batsman careered into Spiehowicz's cheek, rendering him battered, bruised and understandably a little shaken.
Collins made the most of his good fortune, going on to make an unbeaten 90 not out for Blackwater and paving the way for his side's maiden season victory in the Central Highlands cricket competition.
"It probably didn't help that I dropped him on eight or nine runs," a reconciled Spiehowicz offered.
"Once he got his chance, he took it to us."
Blackwater's 5/134 was just enough to keep the Magpies at bay, who were bowled out for a nerve-racking 129.
The victory had been a long time coming for Blackwater captain Rodney Rogers who said it was their first "official" win of the season.
"We had a forfeit win earlier in the year but this is the first one we've actually won," Rogers said.
The captain added that he wasn't all that surprised to see Collins perform as well as he did on Saturday, having made strong claims on each appearance over the course of the last three to four seasons with the club.
Former Blackwater player turned Magpie Nev Suell made a respectable 39-run effort against his former teammates and took 2/17 off eight overs in the bowling.