Yarram Puts SCMA on Notice

Liam Durkin

CRICKET made a one-day return at the weekend.

After two weekends of washouts, Round 8 saw matches completed in the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association.

Any joy however was short-lived, as players will now take stock for the Christmas break.

The competition pauses for three weeks, with play to resume on Saturday, January 6.

STRATFORD showed it can still take down the best teams.

Well, it can when both Jacks and Bohdi Walker fire at least.

The trio all played major roles in helping the Redbacks to victory over Collegians.

Stratford took the points and the afternoon tea to an away game, which was played in Stratford as College Oval is still recovering from recent floods.

The technical home side decided to bat first upon winning the toss, and compiled 7/169 from their allotted 40 overs.

Zak Russell top-scored for Collegians, making a fine 66 off 77 balls.

His innings included three fours and just as many maximums, in an effort that may have also made a statement as far as vindication goes.

Russell had been brought into the eventual Collegians premiership team last season after veteran Stuart Anderson was suspended for the Grand Final.

Coming into the side under such circumstances (first game in two months) would have undoubtedly been conflicting, perhaps even more so walking up to accept a premiership medal at the end of the game.

Much like Billy Frampton in this year’s AFL Grand Final, who looked noticeably uneasy in all celebratory photos – taking a back-row position on the dais and on the ground, it can often be a mental battle for players in this position until there is a performance of substance to their name.

With runs on the board now against a quality Stratford attack, Russell can rest easy knowing his worth to the College XI.

Helping the Collegians total was Charlie Morrison, who scored a patient 42 off 72 balls, and Jed Malone, who patched things up after two early wickets fell, noodling them around for 21.

The Redbacks opted to take pace off from one end to start, and left arm orthodox Jack Rietschel was able to make early inroads.

The plan worked well, as the Stratford captain took the wicket of his opposite number, Zac Hurley and the key wicket of Morrison to eventually finish with miserly figures of 3/17 off eight overs.

Stratford also changed things up with the bat as they set about the reply, sending usual number four Jack Tatterson out to open.

Again, the plan came off, as the left-hander was able to settle into his work.

He combined with Cormac Hassett, who contributed a busy 27 off 26 balls, to put the Redbacks in a commanding position.

Tatterson peeled off 52, setting the innings up perfectly for fellow left-hander Bohdi Walker to come in under ideal circumstances for his type of game.

The big-hitting Walker capitalised on the Collegians attack, slaying an unbeaten 72 off 58 balls.

His innings featured seven fours, and saw Stratford to victory by six wickets in the 31st over.

Collegians used seven bowlers trying to find regular breakthroughs, but with express quick Nathan Whitford absent, their task was made markedly harder.

BURGS went bang.

A trademark slog-a-thon from Adrian Burgiel saw Boisdale-Briagolong defeat Longford.

Burgiel whacked 11 fours and three sixes in a 64-ball stay that saw him fall just 10 runs short of a ton.

Runs came at will on the Stephenson Park turf, in what was a high-scoring affair that only reiterated the mantra cricket is a ‘batsman’s game’.

Batting first, the Saints racked up a score as good as 250, closing at 6/246.

Joining Burgiel in the runs was ace South African recruit Kev Renecke, who scored 63 off 82 balls.

Renecke has hit the ground, and the ball, running since coming over to Boisdale-Briagolong, with his last run of scores reading: 63, 60, 45 and 66 in limited overs cricket.

Having come across with massive wraps, the seasoned pro is proving to be a very good investment by the Saints.

The Bolton brothers, Dylan and Lewis kept the runs coming, with the latter making 28 and the former 37 not out.

Longford bowlers toiled hard for little reward, although Rupinder Singh kept things in relative check, taking 1/14 off five, while leaders Lachlan Floyd (1/37) and Stefano Di Bartolomeo (1/32) hovered around 4.5 an over.

The Lizards proved just how many runs were in the deck, making 180 in reply – a score that generally wins most one-day games at this level.

Where the home side suffered however was losing wickets once batsmen were set.

Batsmen three to five all made scores in the 30s, and what’s more, all while going around the strikerate required.

Di Bartolomeo hit 39 off 45 balls, Brett McMaster hit the same amount, and Mitch Floyd did likewise, scoring 30 off 43.

Another counterattacking punch from Harry Wilkinson (26 off 35) coming in at seven showed just how good a pitch it was.

Losing Di Bartolomeo and McMaster within six runs of each other was arguably the moment Longford’s path to victory was thwarted, but the Lizards’ efforts to at least try and win the game was commendable – a lot of other teams would have counted batting out the overs for 140 as good enough.

Boisdale-Briagolong bowlers performed well in unforgiving conditions.

Mason Annear was outstanding, taking 3/17 off eight overs, arguably playing a role as important as his batting teammates had done in the first half.

Taj Threadgold and Dylan Bolton chipped in with two wickets each, while club favourite Liam Hurst bowled time expertly well, going for just 30 off eight overs.

SALE was made to work hard for the points against Maffra.

While the Swans won as expected, victory by a margin of two wickets meant a huge sigh of relief from those at Sale Oval.

The Eagles decided to bat first at Sale Oval, a venue where runs are usually relatively easy to come by.

Maffra however struggled to get going, and only managed 128 from their 40 overs.

A few starts plagued the innings, although on a positive, a couple of players previously out of touch were able to get some runs next to their name.

Josh Rurawhe played a productive hand of 28 off 33 balls, while Lee Hopkins returned to the runs with a stabilising 36.

Hayden Glover hit good areas with the ball, taking 2/20 off eight overs, while South Adrican quick Garreth Wolmarans took 3/24 coming on late.

Sale made harder work of the chase than they perhaps should have, but got home with 23 balls to spare nonetheless.

Chasing small totals can often bring about dismissals, and the Swans lost eight on the run home.

If MyCricket was still around, no player would have got a mention as they failed to meet the qualification for report (25 runs), but skipper Ben Jones did make 24 off 28 balls trying to get the game over and done with.

The Swans were seemingly flying at 2/72, however the dismissal of Coenie Nel triggered a collapse of 3/13.

Ben Durrant was the one to take Nel’s wicket, and he ended with figures of 3/40.

Skipper Josh Davis did a good job, leading his team to what would have been a memorable victory, taking 2/18 off eight overs.

RECKON Yarram means business.

The Pelicans destroyed Rosedale-Kilmany in more ways than one, making for one sombre trip back for the visiting side.

It wasn’t so much the margin of Yarram’s five wicket win, it was the manner in which they achieved it.

The Pelicans bowled first and had the Warriors 5/9.

Anthony Scott then plundered 102 not out off 80 balls as the home side chased 168 with seven overs to spare.

That Rosedale-Kilmany managed to post 6/167 was an achievement in itself.

Following the early carnage, it was left to Rohan Diamond arriving late and coming in at number eight to rescue the innings.

He did that superbly, as did Spencer Fox, as the pair both posted unbeaten half-centuries.

Diamond’s came at virtually a run-a-ball while Fox hung around to see off 94 balls.

Dylan Rowley also chipped in with a stoic 25 off 58 balls, along with 23 extras that were most welcomed by RK.

Yarram bowlers Owen Gourley and Daniel O’Keefe ran riot, decimating the Warriors top order.

Four of the first five wickets to fall were bowled, with Gourley claiming 3/34 and O’Keefe 2/30.

Scott’s unbeaten ton featured seven fours and four bombs, as he took most of the strike.

Drew Owen had some success, taking 2/32 off eight overs.

BUNDALAGUAH had the bye.