Bozinovski's star turn for Norths

ILLAWARRA CRICKET 

Former Dapto skipper Tommi Bozinovski led a remarkable last- wicket fightback for Northern Districts in a tie against his old club in Saturday's one-dayer at Reed Park.

Dapto had a tie against Keira in the Twenty20 comp but looked set to beat the Butchers after making 8-239, with the visitors 9-179 in reply.

Batting at No 10 Bozinovski smashed an unbeaten 42 and with No 11 Neil Ryan (18) almost snatched an amazing win.

Dapto skipper and wicketkeeper Michael Stephenson - who made an unbeaten 65 - took off the gloves and claimed the final wicket of Ryan, caught at mid-wicket by Ben Chapman.

Stephenson had bowled only one other over all season, in Twenty 20, and after being belted by Bozinovski for a towering six and a boundary in his first over, took Ryan's wicket with the second ball of his second over, after Bozinovski tied the score with a single from the first ball.

"We dropped Boz [Bozinovski] early on and paid the price," Stephenson said.

"It was a game we should have won, but didn't finish them off."

Aaron Hickson (75) top-scored for Dapto while Matt Salakas made 81 for Norths. Dale Scifleet took 5-42 for Dapto.

Meanwhile, Troy Yabsley claimed 6-26 as Wollongong (8-134) maintained their unbeaten one-day record with a tight away win over Helensburgh. Yabsley took five of the last six Burgh wickets as the home side went from 3-105 to be rolled for 133.

Meanwhile, brothers Tom McDevitt (46) and brother Joe (37) top-scored for Corrimal in a four-wicket away win over Port Kembla. The Cougars dismissed the home side for 147, with opener Dan Phelps (60) the top scorer.

Ben Rabjohns (4-39) and Adam Brown (3-17) were superb for Corrimal, who won with almost 10 overs to spare.

Meanwhile, Keira (2-89) dusted aside Wests Illawarra (88) with ease in an eight-wicket home win.

Keira skipper Graeme Batty took 5-39, plus made an unbeaten 60. Batty has now scored 610 runs this season, for an incredible average of 152.

Balgownie leapfrogged Port into third spot with a four-wicket home win over last-placed University. Bally spinner James Fleming took 5-35 with the Students rolled for 141.

David Giorgio (44 not out) and Dean Merola (35no) steered Bally to an easy win.

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