After posting 105 all out, Riversdale Cricket Club captain Jarrod Lindsay knew the team had only one option.
Playing in the Southland Cricket Combined Country division 2 final against Waikoikoi, Riversdale was bundled out in the 31st over.
Before the team returned to the field, a plan was devised to defend the runs, Lindsay said.
“We went for an all-or-nothing approach and chuck the kitchen sink at them to try and use our three main strike bowlers to put them under as much pressure as we could, and after that whatever happened happened,” he said.
”’We’ll go down swinging’ pretty much the attitude.”
The plan paid off with the loss of Waikoikoi opener Josh Peters in the second over for a duck.
From that moment, Riversdale started to pick off the batsmen until about the 29th over, when the last four batsmen were dismissed for three runs as Waikoikoi fell short by 10 for the win.
Extras of 41, which included 39 wides, helped the Waikoikoi cause.
Waikoikoi batsman Ben McCall, who came in at No 5, top-scored for his team with 36 and also picked up two wickets for 18 runs in his five-over spell.
The pick of the Riversdale bowlers were Jayden Henderson and Jack Howard, who both took two wickets for 25 runs off their eight overs.
In its batting effort, Riversdale lost its first wicket when there were 15 runs on the scoreboard.
Shortly after, in the space of just over than an over, four more wickets had fallen with no runs added.
“They had very good bowlers .. and some of our boys got a few nerves,” Lindsay said.
At that point, Henderson and Rob Dickie put on a partnership of 68 runs.
“They buckled down and just picked their shots.”
Henderson top-scored with 39, and Dickie was next highest on 22.
“[They] managed to hunker down for quite a while and pretty much won us the game.”
Henderson finished the top batsman of the competition, scoring 345 runs from nine matches at an average of 43 runs a game and strike rate of 76.5.
The game was played in very good spirits and was an example of country cricket at its best, he said.
“It was enjoyable to have a good competitive game of cricket and then sit around and have a beer afterwards.”