Easy win for Laura

The cricket season has come around again with the round one games of the Rocky River Cricket Association taking place at the weekend.

Laura recorded an easy victory against Redhill while Gladstone needed all of their overs to chase down Georgetown's target.

Last year's premiers, Crystal Brook, had the bye in the opening round.

Laura records easy victory over Redhill

Redhill batted first in their clash against Laura but struggled to build any momentum in an innings that was punctuated by a steady loss of wickets.

Laura's Dale Tenney claimed the first two scalps, dismissing Ben Pilkington for 4 and Cam Kerr for a duck to leave Redhill struggling at 2/16.

Louis Cummins top scored with 18 runs before being caught off the bowling of Rick Willis with the score at 3/24.

Jeopard Draper (12) and Ben Weckert (16) were the only other batsmen to make it to double figures as Redhill slumped to be all out for 85 after only 27.2 overs.

Tenney was the best of the bowlers with 3/19/9.

Laura's Dale Tenney claimed the first two scalps, dismissing Ben Pilkington for 4 and Cam Kerr for a duck to leave Redhill struggling at 2/16.

Brad Jackson and Nick Palmer took 2 wickets each while Rick Willis, Jackson Brand and Callum Brennan claimed 1 wicket apiece.

Laura were emphatic in their run chase, needing only 14 overs to pass Redhill's score.

Rick Willis was the only wicket to fall, bowled for 28 by Ben Weckert who finished with figures of 1/30/5.

Jaran Turner made a good start to his season, compiling 54 not out.

Andrew Fleming (0 not out) watched from the non-strikers end as Turner hit the winning runs.

Gladstone gets over the line against Georgetown

Gladstone and Georgetown finished fourth and fifth respectively at the completion of the minor round last season and will be looking to improve in order to raise themselves into finals contention.

Georgetown won the toss and elected to bat first at Gladstone on Saturday.

Openers Shane Ballantyne and Cody Robson got Georgetown off to a good start with a 34 run opening stand.

Ballantyne was the first to go, caught at slip off the bowling of Lachie Pole for 22.

Robson was the next wicket to fall, caught at gully off Jack Flavel's bowling for 21 with the score at 2/61.

Brett Ballantyne then added his name to the list of batsmen who had got starts but were unable to push on and make a big score.

He was trapped LBW by Lachie Pole for 25.

Casey French (22) and Matt Fejo (26) batted well to put on 43 for the 5th wicket but the tail offered very little resistance to Gladstone's bowling attack.

Georgetown lost their last 5 wickets for the addition of only 7 runs to be all out for 134 after 38.3 overs.

Gladstone's Neil Loftus finished with outstanding figures of 3/8 from 8 overs including 4 maidens.

Lachie Pole took 3/39/10.

Riley Hayes picked up 2/7 from his 2 overs while Jack Flavel and Flynn Hayes claimed one wicket each.

Dylan Hansen and Jamie Davidson got Gladstone's run chase off to a flying start with a 62 run opening partnership.

Hansen top scored with 42 and was hitting the ball to all parts until he skied one to Matt Fejo off the bowling of Casey French.

French picked up the second wicket of the innings as well, bowling Davidson for 28 with the score at 2/82.

Cody Robson tempted Gladstone with his spin bowling and trapped Neil Loftus LBW for 4 but the home side were still in a strong position at 3/99.

However, Georgetown's Matt Keen picked up 4 wickets in an excellent second spell to get his side back in the game.

Kieran Glenn (21), Riley Hennessy (1), Jack Flavel (4) and Riley Hayes (10) were all forced to return to the pavilion.

At 7/130, Gladstone needed only 5 runs to claim victory but they had only 10 balls in which to score them.

In the end, Lachie Pole (8 not out) and Anthony McGuire (8 not out) got their team across the line with 3 balls to spare.

Matt Keen was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/28/12 including 3 maidens.

Casey French picked up 2/24/5.3 while Cody Robson finished with 1/13/4.