A last-ball run-out sealed a thrilling one-run victory for the Newcastle Blasters against the Hunter Hitmen in Sunday’s Regional Bash Twenty20 match at Maitland.
The Hitmen needed two runs from the final ball and a single to take the game into a super-over finish for the second year in a row.
But Newcastle bowler Tom Allen wrote another chapter in the growing rivalry between the Hitmen and Blasters when he fielded a Greg Sheehan smash down the pitch and threw the wickets down before Sheehan could make his ground.
It was a dramatic end to an action-filled last two overs after Newcastle’s 5/157 seemed out of reach of the Hitmen
The Hitmen needed 37 runs of 12 balls, when Maitland-raised marquee player Josh Trappel, who had been forced to use a runner because of severe cramp, launched into spinner Nathan Hudson scoring 25 including three sixes and a four for the second last over.