Northern Areas creates history

In the second round of the long running North Eastern Shield, the NACA took on Rocky River needing a victory in this game to claim their first title.

Despite struggling at different points during an entertaining contest, they achieved their goal.

“It was very pleasing for the group and it was a good reward,” NACA captain Boh Wall said.

“The game had its ebbs and flows.

“Rocky River started strongly with the bat being 0/90 before we pegged ‘em back.

“We were in trouble at 4/88 at one stage in our run chase.

“Matt Langbottom cameo with the bat was critical to the victory.

“Lachie (Wilsdon) was the backbone of the innings.

“That pair ran well between wickets and steadied the ship.

“In the field it was a good performances and a strong team effort.”

Batting first, Rocky River’s openers Shane Ballantyne and Scott Brand produced a 90-run opening stand, before the NACA spin twins Cameron Longbottom and Ryan Simpson helped change the momentum of the match.

Between this pair they took seven wickets and Rocky River fell from 0/90 to 5/129 and was eventually all out for 173 in the 45th over.

Player of the tournament so far, Simpson secured 4/34 from 10 overs including a maiden, while Longbottom finished with 3/45 from 9.1 overs.

Orrorroo quick John Richardson-Neate chimed in with 3/22 from six overs.

Scott Brand was the first batsman dismissed for exactly 50 in an innings which included five boundaries while Ballantyne fell one short of his half century caught by John Sheehan off the bowling Ryan Simpson for 49.

He also found the boundary on six occasions.

NACA’s run chase started modestly with Alex Morgan (3) and Boh Wall (18) both back in the pavilion with the score at 22 in the sixth over.

But a series of contributions from Ryan Simpson (26), Damian Smith (34), Lachlan Wilsdon (38 not out) and Matt Longbottom (25 not out) ensured a three-wicket victory and championship honours in the 48th over in this match at the Gladstone Oval.

Simpson only hit two boundaries in his 26 while Smith dispatched a pair of fours in his 34 and Wilsdon then only had two boundaries in his 38 not out, as did Matt Longbottom.

At 7 for 137 the game was in the balance before the unbroken partnership of 38 for the eighth wicket got the NACA home.

Bowling fifth change Scott Brand was the most effective of the Rocky River bowlers with 3/23 from seven overs.

At one stage he collected the outstanding figures of 3/5 after his first four overs

Adam Kupsch opened the bowling finished with 2/39 from this full allotment of 10 overs.