Cooler conditions on Saturday prompted Rocky River Association teams to bowl first after winning the toss.
The strategy paid off for Gladstone who claimed a narrow victory over Redhill but backfired for Georgetown who were soundly defeated by Crystal Brook. Laura had the bye.
Georgetown v Crystal Brook
Georgetown started well in their match against Crystal Brook as Matt Keen bowed Allan McArdle for a duck with the score at 1/1. Luke Bartlett was the next to go, caught behind off the bowling of Casey French for 8 with the score at 2/34. But from then on, Crystal Brook put Georgetown to the sword, capitalizing on some untidy bowling and fielding.
Will Combe batted well for his 53 and had good support from Leo Coates (24) and Campbell Combe (37). Matt Gulin also contributed with a handy 24 runs. Steve Merkel (26 not out) and Hayden Hooper (5 not out) helped their side to a big total of 7/206 at the completion of their 42 overs. Cody Robson was the best of Georgetown's bowlers with 3/41/5. Matt Keen took 2/56/12 while Casey French and Mackenzie Meaney picked up one wicket apiece.
Georgetown's run chase started poorly as opener Shane Ballantyne was caught behind for 1 with the score at 1/8. This wicket brought Brett Ballantyne to the crease and he was able to build a good partnership with Cody Robson. The pair put on 48 runs for the second wicket to take the score to 56 but from then on, the wickets began to tumble. The rot began when Robson was caught for 20.
Brett Ballantyne then watched on as six more of his teammates came and went. Those six batsmen were only able to contribute 7 runs between them. Ballantyne was eventually dismissed for 78. John Ballantyne batted well at the end to finish with 13 not out but Georgetown were all out for 131, well short of Crystal Brook's total of 206. Will Combe was the pick of the bowlers with 5/26/9.4 while Luke Bartlett picked up 2/19/5. Leo Coates and Peter Hombsch took one wicket each.
Redhill v Gladstone
Having been sent in to bat by Gladstone, Redhill found themselves in trouble early at 1/8 when Louis Cummins was caught off the bowling of Jesse Philps for 2. Ben Pilkington and Dan Hayes steadied the innings with a 39 run second wicket partnership before Neil Loftus got a breakthrough to dismiss
Pilkington for 30 with the score at 2/47. Hayes departed shortly after, caught off the bowling of Dylan Johnson for 23. Cooper Hayes (13) was the only other batsman to make it into double figures as Redhill slumped to be all out for 99 after 38.1 overs. Dylan Johnson was the best of the bowlers with 4/26/7 while Jesse Philps finished with excellent figures of 3/21/12 including 5 maidens. Neil Loftus, Flynn Hayes and Jed Hennessy picked up one wicket each.
Gladstone's run chase got off to a good start with a 37 run opening from Kieran Glenn and Dylan Hansen. Glenn was the first to go, caught behind off the bowling of Louis Cummins for 13.
Cummins snared the wicket of Hansen, who was caught for 36, with the score at 2/60. Gladstone then suffered a middle order batting collapse, losing their next six wickets for only 18 runs.
The game was in the balance with Gladstone requiring 22 more runs for victory but having only two wickets in hand. Neil Loftus was the man of the moment for Gladstone, scoring 26 not out to secure a one wicket win for his team. Louis Cummins finished with figures of 3/24/12 while Larry Klingner took 3/30/11. Ben Weckert claimed 2/34/12 while Hayes picked up the last wicket.