TREVALLYN defended its TCL Twenty20 crown with a thrilling three-run victory over Legana at Trevallyn last night.
Trevallyn T20 captain Shannon Rumbel was given the choice and elected to bat in humid conditions with Legana restricting it to 126 from its allotted overs.
Michael Hall scored a man-of-the-match half century to boost what would have been an ordinary scorecard, as Nathan Balym (20) was the only other Trevallyn batsman to reach double figures.
Durhams' opening bowler Michael Dunn claimed 2-22 off four overs, while Ian Champion picked up 2-19 in a solid all-round bowling effort.
In reply, Legana looked well on track to cause an upset at 5-108 and needed only five to win off the final over with three wickets in hand.
However, Trevallyn coach Damian Whybrow saved the day by taking three wickets in the last six balls to dash Legana's hopes and finish with 4-23.
The Durhams had several contributors with the bat.
Sam Howe made 30, Stuart Brown made 44 of 23 deliveries and opener Garry McCarron chipped in with 17.
``Winning the toss probably won us the game in the end _ making those guys run around for 20 overs in the heat,'' Rumbel said.
``I thought 126 was a little under what I was hoping, but to be able to defend it was a good effort by the boys.''
Legana captain-coach Matthew Wells said his side got closer than first thought.
``In the field it was a good effort by everyone as we bowled and fielded well,'' Wells said.
``We have been struggling a bit in the Twenty20 and Trevallyn have been scoring some pretty big scores, but we just couldn't quite get there.
``I am extremely happy with the way we fought it out.''