A brilliant batting display from the Clare Cougars at its home ground ensured a victory against Blyth-Kybunga
Watervale travelled to Brinkworth Oval in its Stanley cricket A grade match, and ran into a potent bowling attack as well as an emphatic performance in the field by their hosts.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat, the Watervale side was in trouble from the start.
From 3/13 the visitors fell to 6/32, then was all out for a mediocre 47 in 36.3 overs.
Justin Calvert, batting at number 10 was the only Watervale cricketer to make double figures, being the last batsman dismissed for 13 runs.
For Brinkworth-Koolunga, Kym Steele, opened the bowling and was impressive with 2/11 from nine overs while his partner Jeopard Draper finished with 3/17 from 6.3 overs.
Teenager Jackson Moller collected 2/12 from seven strong overs, while veteran Paul Meyer sent down five overs, including a pair of maidens, and finished with two wickets at a cost of just four runs.
Six catches were taken in the field by Brinkworth-Koolunga, with Dylan Goss snaffling three of them.
The “Gold Caps” just took 11 overs to get the required runs for the loss of Paul Meyer’s wicket.
He was run out for an aggressive 35 having faced just 31 balls in a 42-minute stay where he dispatched seven boundaries to all points.
Young Jack Weckert remained on 11 not out, having hit a single boundary in his 33-ball, 47-minute occupation of the batting crease.
Blyth-Kybunga v Clare Combined
Blyth-Kybunga trekked across to the Clare Town Oval and produced a competitive total of 9/194 from their 40 overs, but a brilliant batting display from the Clare Cougars ensured a victory with five and half overs remaining.
For the visiting Bulldogs, top order batsman Ben Pratt made 37 (five fours, 65 balls) while Lachlan Eime smashed an aggressive 44 runs, including four boundaries and keeper Shay Clifford top-scored with a better than a-run-a-ball 46.
In a free flowing display, Clifford faced just 45 balls and 39 minutes and dispatched six boundaries.
Tyson Eime also chimed in with a handy unbeaten 22 (two fours in 23 balls in 24 minutes) at the end.
For the Cougars, medium pacer Ben Seymon was outstanding with 3/25 from his eight overs, which included three maidens.
Dylan Jarvis (2/28 from seven overs) picked up a pair of scalps, while Alex Falconer and surprisingly expensive Ashley Barton both secured a victim.
Falconer finished with 1/17 from five overs while Barton’s eight overs cost 47 runs and the wicket of Lachlan Eime.
Lou Zanette and Ben Seymon got the Cougars off to it quick start before the latter was dismissed for 42 with a score of 83.
He faced 54 deliveries in a 65-minute stay where he hit four boundaries.
Zanette was the next dismissed for a classy 55 runs. He was at the crease for 68 balls and 109 minutes, hitting nine boundaries.
Keeper Scott Stedall made short work of the rest of the runs and remained 60 not out.
He faced just 51 balls and one hour and 21 minutes at the crease dispatching nine boundaries as well.
Dylan Stutley was not out on 29, in his 36-ball stay across 36 minutes while dispatching five boundaries.
The two successful bowlers for Blyth-Kybunga were Justin Zweck with 1/40 of eight overs and Gerry Shadforth with 1/28 from five overs.
Lower North v Auburn-Mintaro
At Balaklava Oval, Auburn Mintaro were bundled out for just 96 runs in 37.1 overs against the potent Lower North Buffalo side.
Auburn Mintaro went from 3/19 and to 8/54 before Jacob Battle top-scored at number nine with a very handy 25.
Only visiting captain Jonathan Edwards (10) and John Curtis (17) got to double figures in the batting effort and the extras helped the score along by 15 runs.
Zeke Scott was the most successful of the Lower North bowlers with 3/18 from six overs,while openers Brad Jones, with 2/14 from six overs including three maidens, and Harry Veitch with 1/9 from his six overs, were also important.
Left arm orthodox spinner Jordan Taylor continued is fine season with two wickets for 16 from nine overs including two maidens.
Kon Toumaras took 1/28 from seven overs while Zack Zilm claimed 1/7 from 3.1 overs.
From the eight catches the Buffaloes fielders took, Sam Roland held onto three of them.
Lower North made the required runs from victory in 19 overs and finish at 2/106, although they had lost both their openers by the time the score was 40.
Keeper-batsman Tom Chapman remained undefeated on 50 while Harry Vietch was left at the crease on not out 34.
Andy Mitchell was the only successful Auburn Mintaro bowler with 2/40 from nine overs.
With only two rounds to go before finals Lower North will finish minor premiers, currently with 19 points, for the season.
But four teams are still fighting to finish in the three other spots in the top four.
Sevenhill is currently ahead of that pack with 13 points, followed by Brinkworth/Koolunga on 12, Clare Combined on 11 and Watervale a possibility on 9.
In round 13 on Saturday, Auburn Mintaro will host Watervale at home while Clare Combined are back at the Clare Town Oval to take on Brinkworth/Koolunga.
Blyth-Kybunga will be at the Blyth Oval to challenge Sevenhill, while Lower North get to sit out the bye.