The Bay forge tough win

Byron Bay gutsed out a tough win in the one dayer against Alstonville on Sunday to stay on top of the table and ensure a place in the finals.

Byron always faced a battle with 3 players unavailable and so were very happy to finally win a toss and send the opposition in with the idea of rolling them on the dampish track.

That went well as Byron bowled aggressively and Dave Altamura grabbed two early wickets but as the temperature reached that of the surface of the sun and the pitch turned out to be very nice indeed, Byron had to dig very deep to keep Alstonville under control with only 9 fielders.

Chidgy and young Tori Callan threw themselves around with reckless abandon as Alstonville worked the gaps relentlessly and went to drinks break at 3-75, poised for a big score.

Byron stuck at it after the break and got the break- throughs, Dave 'Ultimura' shocked everyone and came back from his traditional rest after three overs and used his naturally superior left handed angle to finish with the stunning figures of 5-16.

Josh Miles was solid while Sam Barnes bowled brilliantly at the death again to grab two wickets.

Alstonville finished all out for 144.

Byron then built a number of steady partnerships to move towards victory with Anthony Smith finally getting some runs at the top of the order belting 44 and Reid Campbell backing up with a typically brutal 39.

Ian Callan and Dave Ultimura chipped in with 23 and 17 and Byron were home and hosed at 4-130 with 48 balls to get 15 runs when things got interesting again, as 3 quick wickets went.

Then Josh Miles confindently stepped to the crease, saw off the hat trick ball and then stylishly hit the winning runs to give Byron another close tough win with two overs to spare.

The celebrations carried on well into the night where the search for an accurate team name finished with the possibilities of the Byron Bay Humpbacks, the backpackers, the Reality or simply North Sydney.

Byron take on Mullum again next week in Brunswick.

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