It was a good weekend for the batsmen in the Rocky River Cricket Association as all sides got plenty of runs on the board. In both games, the side batting first made over 180 runs but then were unable to defend their score. Redhill chased down Crystal Brook’s score of 186 while Gladstone easily overtook Georgetown’s total of 182.
Redhill chased down Crystal Brook’s score of 186 while Gladstone easily overtook Georgetown’s total of 182.
Crystal Brook v Redhill
Crystal Brook won the toss and elected to bat but Redhill had an early breakthrough as Ben Weckert was able to trap Leo Coates LBW for 2 with the score at 1/11. Weckert struck again to remove the Brook’s other opener, Allan McArdle for 12 with the score at 2/40. The next 4 wickets all belonged to Larry Klingner. He dismissed Adam Kupsch (27), Matt Gulin (20), Nathan Hooper (2) and Tom Kerin (9). Crystal Brook were struggling at 6/77 but Steve Merkel and Jake Clements combined well to put on 60 runs for the 7th wicket. Merkel compiled 62 before he was finally caught off the bowling of Kyle Stringer. Jake Clements was bowled by Ziek Kay for 21. Josh Clements also chipped in with 10 runs at the end of the innings to help his side to a total of 186. Larry Klingner was the best of the bowlers for Redhill with 4/62/12. Ben Weckert, Ziek Kay and Kyle Stringer took 2 wickets each.
Redhill made an impressive start to the run chase, with Ben Pilkington and Larry Klingner putting on 81 runs for the opening stand. Klingner was the first to go, caught off the bowling of Matt Gulin for 26. Dan Hayes joined Pilkington in the middle and together they took the total to 129. Leo Coates finally got the second breakthrough for Crystal Brook, removing Hayes for 21. Ben Pilkington lost 4 more batting partners, all courtesy of Adam Kupsch’s bowling but Redhill were still closing in on Crystal Brook’s total with the score at 6/173. Lachlan Mumford joined Pilkington at the crease and they were able to get their team across the line. Mumford made 7 not out while Pilkington notched up 104 not out and secured a 4 wicket win. Adam Kupsch was the best of Crystal Brook’s bowlers with 4/47/10. Leo Coates and Matt Gulin took 1 wicket apiece.
Georgetown v Gladstone
Georgetown batted first in their clash against Gladstone and made a good start with Cody Robson and Riley Davenport putting on 52 runs for the first wicket partnership. Gladstone’s opening bowlers were wicketless in their first spells but first change bowler Greg Robens entered the attack with immediate effect, bowling Riley Davenport for 23 with his first delivery. Robson departed shortly after, run out for 14 with the score at 2/57. This was the start of a middle order batting slump that saw Georgetown struggling at 5/84. However, Greg Baynes and John Ballantyne were able to revive the innings and help their side to a total of 182 at the completion of the 42 overs. Baynes accumulated 59 not out while Ballantyne made 33 not out. Riley Hennessy took 2/5/3 and Greg Robens took 2/40/9. Jesse Philps finished with a single wicket.
Gladstone had a dominant run chase, losing only 3 wickets and needing only 28 overs to pass Georgetown’s score. Kieran Glenn was the backbone of the innings, finishing with 75 not out. Neil Loftus was also a strong contributor, making 43 runs before he skied a ball to the keeper. Dylan Hansen (19), Riley Hennessy (16) and Jesse Philps (18 not out) also played an important part in the run chase. Stephen Hollow took 2/36/6 for Georgetown while Jayden Burgess finished with 1/33/4.