Gladstone’s second win

Gladstone claimed their second win for the year in a low scoring game against Laura while Georgetown were given a lesson by Crystal Brook.

Gladstone versus Laura

Laura won the toss and chose to bat first against Gladstone but got off to a poor start, losing both opening batsmen cheaply.

Neil Loftus claimed the first wicket of the innings for Gladstone to have Jaran Turner caught for 6.

Then Jesse Philps struck from the other end to bowl Rick Willis for 5.

Laura were struggling at 2/11 but Scott Brand and Michael Gaunt were able to steady the innings, putting on 49 runs for the third wicket.

Brand was finally dismissed for 25, caught off the bowling of Neil Loftus with the score at 3/60.

Gaunt lost 2 more partners in Dale Tenney (3) and Koby Millington (3) before he too was dismissed.

Gaunt was caught by Riley Hayes off the bowling of Jack Flavel for 45 with the score at 6/104.

Brad Jackson made 14, batting with the tail, but was only able to help his side to an all out total of 118 runs.

Gladstone had a good all-round bowling performance, needing only 4 bowlers to dismiss Laura.

Neil Loftus took 3/28/11 while Jack Flavel claimed 3/32 from 8.2 overs.

Riley Hayes picked up 2/24/7 and Jesse Philps finished with 1/33/12.

Laura gave themselves every chance of defending their small score as they made early inroads with the ball.

Scott Brand claimed the wickets of Craig Woolford (0) and Riley Hennessy (3) to have the home team in trouble at 2/3.

However, Dylan Hansen and Kieran Glenn got the run chase back on track with a 30 run partnership.

Hansen was finally bowled by Rick Willis for 24 but Glenn continued to push on and accumulate runs.

He was joined at the crease by Neil Loftus, who followed up his good bowling performance with an innings of 31 runs.

Loftus was eventually bowled by Jaran Turner with the score at 6/96 and was replaced by Jesse Philps.

Philps (10 not out) and Glenn (34 not out) got their team across the line and passed  

Laura’s score 7 wickets down.

Laura had 3 bowlers who finished with 2 wickets apiece.

Jaran Turner took 2/10/2, Scott Brand 2/21/5 and Rick Willis 2/37/11.

Georgetown versus Crystal Brook

Crystal Brook elected to bat first in their encounter with Georgetown on the weekend.

Allan McArdle and Leo Coates got their side off got a good start with a solid 56 run opening stand.

McArdle finally spooned up a catch to cover to be out for 23 and Leo Coates was caught behind shortly after for 26.

Unperturbed by the loss of their opening batsmen, Crystal Brook pushed on.

Nathan Hooper made 61, batting at number 3, while Matt Gulin contributed 56.

With plenty of firepower still in the shed, Crystal Brook were in control of the game at 4/184.

Steve Merkel raced to 23 runs but then tried a ramp shot and was bowled by Shane Ballantyne.

Peter Hombsch batted well at the end of the innings to contribute 21 not out.

Crystal Brook finished with 7/245 at the completion of a rain-delayed 42 overs.

Shane Ballantyne was the best of Georgetown’s bowlers with 3/58/9 while Stephen Hollow and Cody Robson claimed 2 wickets each.

Georgetown were always going to be struggling to chase down 245 but they did not get off to the best start, losing opener Cody Robson for 3.

Shane Ballantyne batted well to make 46 but did not get much support, as no other Georgetown batsman was able to make it into double figures.

Georgetown finished their overs at 8/100, a long way short of Crystal Brook’s total.

Jake Clements took 2/24/10, while Matt Gulin claimed 2/46/12.

A Horace picked up 2 late wickets to finish with 2/4/4.

Leo Coates was a single wicket taker.

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