Laura continued their good form on Saturday, recording an easy seven-wicket win.
Meanwhile, Larry Klingner starred with bat and ball to guide Redhill to an upset victory against Crystal Brook. Georgetown had the bye.
Laura v Gladstone
Gladstone won the toss and chose to bat first but were immediately forced onto the back foot as Rick Willis and Dale Tenney picked up early wickets. Tenney claimed the first wicket, dismissing Riley Hennessy for a duck with the score at 1/4. Willis then struck from the other end, bowling Kieran Glenn for 10 with the score at 2/16. Gladstone's day didn't get any better as they lost their next 5 wickets for the addition of only 22 runs.
Jed Hennessy and Dylan Johnson found themselves at the crease with their side in real trouble at 7/38. Hennessy was able to make 15 before he was caught off a Rick Willis delivery. Johnson then combined with Flynn Hayes to produce Gladstone's biggest partnership of the day, 25 runs.
Johnson finished with 24 while Hayes contributed 13 to help their side to an all out total of 98 after 41 overs. All of Laura's bowlers performed well. Dale Tenney (2/17/12) and Rick Willis (2/21/11) were miserly in their bowling partnership and built considerable pressure on the Gladstone batsmen.
Gladstone gave themselves a sniff at defending their meagre score as they picked up three early wickets. Rick Willis was the first to go, caught off the bowling of Jack Flavel for 11 with the score at 1/12.
Dylan Johnson then struck from the other end to remove Brad Jackson for 4 with Laura's total at 18. Andrew Fleming was unable to make his ground and was run out for 8.
However, from then on, Laura took control of the run chase. Michael Gaunt (59 not out) and Koby Millington (11 not out) passed the score without further loss and secured a 7 wicket win for their team. Jack Flavel (1/10/6) and Dylan Johnson (1/30/5) were the only wicket takers for Gladstone.
Crystal Brook v Redhill
Redhill chose to bat first in their clash against Crystal Brook and capitalised on the decision. Ben Pilkington and Larry Klingner put on an opening partnership of 97 runs as the Brook's opening and first change bowlers toiled without success.
Josh Clements entered the bowling attack with immediate effect, bowling Pilkington for 59 in his first over. He struck again in his fourth over, trapping Dan Hayes LBW for 17.
Louis Cummins and Klingner put on 37 for the third wicket to take Redhill's total to 156. Adam Kupsch picked up the next two wickets for Crystal Brook, dismissing Cummins for 18 and Simon Goss for 8.
Klingner finished with 67 not out and helping his side to an impressive total of 4/192 at the end of their 42 overs. Josh Clements was the best of Crystal Brook's bowlers with 2/26/10 while Adam Kupsch picked up 2/64/12.
Crystal Brook were never in control of the run chase, losing three wickets in the first five overs to be in trouble at 3/18.
Adam Kupsch tried valiantly to resurrect the innings and was able to contribute 40 runs but his dismissal signalled the beginning of a middle order collapse.
Crystal Brook slumped from 3/61 to 8/69 as Larry Klingner picked up wicket after wicket after wicket.
Nathan Arbon (28) and Jake Clements (25 not out) added some respectability to their side's total but Crystal Brook were all out for 132, well short of Redhill's total of 192. Larry Klingner was the best of the bowlers with career best figures of 7/58/10.
Dan Hayes took 2 wickets in 4 balls to close out the game.
Round 7 fixtures
- Laura v Crystal Brook at Laura
- Redhill v Georgetown at Redhill
- Gladstone - bye