Boasting one of the strongest batting line-ups in recent years, hopes were high amongst Dedication fans for a rare 50 over stint at the crease. Signs were not great early, with both openers losing their wickets in quick succession. The middle order performed a little better, with rookie Brendan McArthy (17) and Joel McMahon (24) making solid starts. However Hutt River lost wickets at a steady click, bringing specialist fill-in Ian McMahon in with the side at 5/74. In a masterful display of defensive stroke-making McMahon was able to amass 48 balls at the crease and with the tail was able to work the score for 113. A reasonable first day score (for Dedication at least) on a tough pitch.
Taking up the new ball star recruit Jackson Brazzale impressed with a wicket with his second ball followed shortly thereafter by a stump shattering wicket by Phil Barker. Despite these early successes, the Johnny Walker boys led by Vaughan Garner worked the total 2/51 and things looked dire. Enter Jakob 'Ruthless' Sluiter who got a wicket with his first ball after drinks followed by back to back wickets in the subsequent over. Garner and the Walker boys again rallied, pushing the total to 5/103 - just 11 runs shy of the victory. Brendan McCarthy entered the attack and was able to turn the match on a dime, whilst barely conceding a run he was able to dismiss five Walker Batsmen and win the game for Hutt River by a solitary run. McCarthy's superb bowling was ably assisted by impressive stump to stump support bowling by Brazzale, Barker and Sluiter. A stunning catch at cover point by Joel McMahon and Jarryd Mills showing why he is the reigning keeper of the tournament also helped get dedication over the line.