Cricket happens to be a great leveller. While it could give a side moments of ecstatic joy after they managed to come back into a match or even go on to win it out of nowhere, it could also be cruel when a passage of bad play can result in losing not only the match but also a knock out tournament. Northern Irish cricket club Cregagh were in the game until the last over and they had almost brought it down to a situation where their opponents in the final Ballymena couldn't have won it.
Ballymena needed 35 off the final over and as most days in cricket that wasn't a likely possibility. But it wasn't like most days as batter John Glass took it upon himself to go for it and smashed six sixes in the final over to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat when almost all had ruled them out.
Heartbreaking defeat for Cregagh
It was a heartbreaking defeat for Cregagh, who were in the match for 39 of the 40 overs after the opening batters had laid the platform for their eventual score of 147 and their bowlers had reduced the opponents to 113/7. However, stand-in captain Grass, who was batting on 51 at that stage, played an aerial stroke and got to clear the fence in each of the six deliveries, much to the disappointment of Cregagh players and their fans at the Gibson Park.
Their official social media handle of the Northern Cricket Union also shared the news on social media and couldn't help but laud Glass, who eventually, finished with an unbeaten 87 and was fittingly awarded the Player of the Match.
"JOHN GLASS TAKE A BOW! He has just hit 36 off the final over and Ballymena are the 2021 Lagan Valley Steels 2021 champions. What an innings from the skipper. #ncut20t," they captioned the post.
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It was a day of celebration for the Glass family as earlier John's elder brother Sam had also picked up a hat-trick in the first innings, finishing with superb figures of three wickets for five runs.