Willful Souths beat annoyed Brothers
In a gripping and hard fought match at Nesbitt Park, Souths finally stamped out Brothers determined opposition, bowling out the Brethren for 155. After losing early wickets Brothers closed up shop in an attempt to bat out the draw but poor shot selection provided Souths with a steady flow of wickets until Dean Collings (30) knuckled down and started to farm the strike. Then with stumps looming and a close caught behind being turned down, Souths became frustrated at Collings tactics and captain Richard Nind ordered one of his junior fieldsmen to kick the ball over the boundary to stop Collings keeping the strike. Of course a close reading of the rules (see inset box) proves that such a tactic should not have worked but the umpire missed the trick and just awarded four instead of four plus the runs already taken.
This tactic created some real ructions amongst the Brothers crowd, who felt it unfair, but when The Echo questioned zone umpires representative Bob Myatt whether it was against the spirit of the game he said no.
Its actually covered by rule 19.6 so its not outside the laws, therefore it cant be outside the spirit of the game. Thats my take on it, Bob said. Still, it shouldnt have actually affected who was on strike.
As it turned out the small side show didnt affect the actual outcome with several overs extra being bowled before Collings himself was dismissed.
Souths attack was its usual stingy self, with Len Blok (3 for 8) and off spinner Paul McLean (4 for 68) the destroyers for the perennial champions.
Marists stubborn stalwart Craig Hamshaw (40) was the pick of the Brethrens batsmen.
Everingham to the rescue
Young James Everingham constructed a patient debut century (106) for the Lennox Head Pirates to turn back the Tintenbar tide. Having already lost on first innings to the premiers, the Pirates showed great resolve to see off the outright. The Bar threw everything at the youthful Pirates in the second innings, using eight bowlers and employing numerous tactical fielding changes, but they couldnt get through them a second time on the placid Kingsford Park pitch. Everingham was well supported by former captain Ben Peterson (33) and another youngster Rameesh Kassim (52 not out).
Bears skittle Easts
Indian demigod/cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is renowned for being able to bowl every conceivable delivery ever devised, from outswinger to googly, and Ballinas strapping young all-rounder Sam Adams is doing his best to emulate the Asian superhero. Bowling an amazing assortment of leg-spinners, wrong-uns, off-spinners and medium pacers, Adams picked up 3 for 61 as he kept the Easts line-up guessing throughout his 23 overs. Apart from Simon Milenko (78 not out), Aaman Soni (30) and a dashing display by Daniel Rowlands (44) none of the Waratahs looked at ease against the Bears sprightly attack. They were eventually bowled out for 216.
Milenkos innings must not go unsung as the Under 19 once again showed the patient determination and solid technique of a much more experienced campaigner.
Worker rally to see off outright
On what could be equated to a day four Test pitch, Casinos Mark Mison (3 for 10) and leg spinner Scott Sheppard had the ball leaping and staying low to dismiss Workers for 89 at Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino, securing first innings points. Despite the aged nature of the pitch Workers did contribute to their own downfall by playing too many loose shots. Paul Ianna (24) was the only player to put together any determined show in the first innings, but Michael Knight batted beautiful in the second innings to see off the outright, plundering three huge sixes during his 79 not out. In fact, Knight and Jeremy Cowin put on 98 for the sixth wicket, breaking a 19-year-old Workers Club record.
The win capped off an excellent match for Man-of-the-Match Scott Sheppard, who scored 84 not out in Casinos innings and then bowled a tight line and length, with his leg-spinners capturing three wickets for only 13 runs.
German celebrates as Alstonville self-destruct
Alstonville, needing only 123 to take first innings points against Norths Goonellabah RSL, were skittled for a mere 88 thanks to some excellent seam bowling from left armer Michael German (4 for 14) and some rash stroke play. Paul Kenyon (21) looked the best of the redsoilers before being caught by German in a good catch over his head.
Alstonville struggled to make runs last year even with Greg Potter and Troy Cooke in their line-up. Now that they are without Cooke and Potter the struggle is even more profound.