Blyth/Kybunga v Clare Combined
A second strong team batting display setup the Clare Cougars’ strong 89-run win at Blyth Oval last Saturday.
Winning the toss and batting first, Dylan Stutley and Tom Forrest got Clare Combined off to a strong start making 24 and 42 respectively.
Stutley was the first to go for 24 with the score at 70 and his innings included a couple of boundaries and a six from 31 deliveries faced.
Forest made a classy 42 including a handful of fours.
South African export Scott Stedall was the backbone of the innings with an unbeaten 64, which included five boundaries and a maximum from 73 deliveries faced.
For a second week in a row the middle order also played their roles.
Matt Bennie made 20, Hayden Calaby produced a handy 30 (48 balls, 2 x 4s) while Lou Zanette’s 21 from just 12 balls faced including four boundaries was important at the end of the innings.
Clare finished with a highly competitive total of 6/219 from their 45 overs.
Michael Hardwig with 2/26 of his nine overs including three maidens was the pick of the Blyth-Kybunga bowlers. Luke Mugge also claimed two wickets at a cost of 40 runs from eight overs while the SACA experienced spinner Will Pratt back for a weekend from duties in town took 1/21 from there overs.
Wayne Jamieson collected 1/33 from seven overs.
Blyth-Kybunga’s run chase didn’t get off to a productive start.
They were soon 2/18 before a 70-run partnership between Shay Clifford and Will Pratt, who top scored with 38 and 29 respectively.
Clifford’s 38 included five fours and he faced 49 balls while Pratt hit a boundary and a maximum in his 73 ball stay where he made 30.
Hardwick (13) Jamieson (12) and Jace Andreskie (10 run out) were the other players to get to double figures as the host were bundled out for 130 in the 44th over.
Dylan Jarvis was the most successful of the Cougars bowlers with 3/35 while Hayden Calaby, with 2/17 from eight overs and Matt Benny 2/5 from 5.1 overs were also multiple wicket takers.
Alex Faulkner 1/31 from six overs and Ash Barton, tight effort of 1/16 from his full allotment of nine overs as the other successful wicket takers for the victors.
Sevenhill v Rebels
The Rebels recorded an impressive first win in Stanley cricket in their round two clash against last year’s top four side, Sevenhill.
Batting first, after winning the toss, a brilliant century by Andrew Mitchell set up an impressive total of six for 282 from the Rebels 45 overs at the batting crease.
Mitchell was the dominant partner in an opening standard for 88 with Kim Allen (19) and was the fifth player dismissed with the score of 183 in the 34th over. He was out on 108.
Mitchell hit four boundaries with his initial quartet of scoring shots and finished with 15 fours and a pair of sixes in a brilliant display.
Both Tyson Webb and Shannon Parker in the middle order got starts, making 23 and 17 respectively.
An aggressive unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 78 between the hard hitting Jono Edwards and Luke McDermott ensured the Rebels bowlers would have a strong total to defend.
Edwards smashed no less than five maximum and another five boundaries in his quick-fire 59 not out, which took the game away from Sevenhill, while Luke McDermid was the junior partner with 30 runs including four boundaries.
Sevenhill had five individual wicket takers with skipper Michael Dopson 1/16 from two overs and Sam Kuerschner, who secured 1/31 of 7 overs having the best of the figures.
The hosts’ run chase at Richardson Park stalled regularly.
Sevenhill’s wickets fell at regular intervals - going from 0/ 25 to 5/45 to 6/84 and then 7/119 – before being dismissed in the 41st over for 155.
After a century the previous week Morne Scheepers at the top of the innings made 12 while Hayden Daley produced 20 runs.
Sam Kuerschner was run out for 35 while Ben Whalan top scored with 39 including a trio of fours.
Richard Mounds and Roger Cole made 18 and 19 respectively in the lower middle order.
Darcy Nixon at the top of the innings bowled very well collecting 3/29 from his nine overs, while Tyson Webb finished with 3/20 from his five.
Jason Dohnt was also frugal with the ball in hand taking 1/25 from nine overs and Kym Allen took the last wicket to fall to spark celebrations, finishing with one wicket at the cost of 16 runs from 2.3 overs
Lower North v Brinkworth/Koolunga
In the match between two powerhouse teams in Stanley Cricket at Balaklava Oval after the top order collapse, which saw the hosts reeling at 3/28, Lower North’s Jason McPharlin and Tom Chapman (38, 2 x 4s) resurrected their innings with an 87-run fourth wicket partnership.
This was followed by a 77-run association between McPharlin and Lachlan Michael - who contributed nine - set up a competitive total of six for 199 from Lower North’s allotment of 45 overs.
McPharlin was outstanding finally dismissed on 125 making 62 per cent of the runs for the innings.
His dominant innings included four big sixes and another 15 boundaries.
The most successful of the Brinkworth-Koolunga bowlers was young opener Harry Mills with 2/50 from eight overs. Kym Steele was frugal and penetrating bowling nine overs which included three maidens and the Stickmen’s another teenage quick Isaac Moller took 1/36 from his full allotment of nine.
Ben Gill was another strong performer with 1/26 from his nine.
The early loss of Isaac Moller run out for eight and Steele for two had the Stickmen on the back foot at 2/33 before captain Zac Fielding and young Harry Mills put on 51 for the third wicket.
Mills was dismissed for 26 (4 x 4s) while Fielding top-scored with an aggressive and boundary-laden 57 (7 x 4s, 2 x 6s).
A number of the middle order including Gill (14) veteran Paul Meyer (10) and Dylan Goss (10) got to double figures, along with Brad Stringer (15) batting at 10, but Brinkworth-Koolunga were dismissed for 163 in the 42nd over.
Spinner Jordan Taylor was the pick of the Buffaloes bowlers is with 4/32 from his full allotment.
Tom Chapman, bowling fourth change collected an important 2/22 from eight overs while Jason Henderson and Aaron Cross each claimed a victim.