Two very different games of cricket played out on Saturday in the Rocky River Cricket Association.
Laura were successful in a big run chase to secure victory over Crystal Brook while Georgetown claimed an emphatic 9 wicket win over Redhill in a game that lasted less than 90 minutes. Gladstone had the bye.
Laura v Crystal Brook
Crystal Brook won the toss and decided to bat first in their clash against Laura.
The first wicket came early in the innings as a good bowling partnership between Rick Willis and Dale Tenney built pressure on the Crystal Brook batsmen.
Hayden Hooper was caught off Tenney's bowling and had to depart for a duck with the score at 1/8. Ben Cousins joined Luke Bartlett at the crease and the pair put on 98 runs for the second wicket.
Cousins was finally dismissed, caught behind off the bowling of Will Smart for 58 with the score at 2/106.
Bartlett batted throughout the entire innings, steadily accumulating runs but lost several more batting partners. Jake Clements became Will Smart's second victim when he was bowled for 2.
Josh Clements (8), Toby Kelly (10), Peter Hombsch (12) and Andrew Horace (0) were all dismissed by Laura's Elliot Sumner.
Bartlett finished with 91 not out at the completion of 42 overs, having helped his side to an impressive total of 7/195. Sumner was the best of Laura's bowlers with 4/34/6. Will Smart took 2/65/10 and Dale Tenney picked up 1/20/9.
Rick Willis and Jaran Turner opened the batting for Laura and set about hunting down the Brook's total. The Clements brothers opened the bowling, Josh from one end and Jake from the other.
The first wicket went to Jake, who dismissed Turner for 16 with the score at 1/31.
The next wicket went to Josh, who was able to remove Andrew Fleming for 1 with the score at 2/34. Michael Gaunt joined Willis at the crease and the pair were able to steady Laura's innings with a 64 run partnership.
Willis was finally dismissed by Hayden Hooper for 45 with the score at 3/98.
The next two wickets fell cheaply as Dale Tenney was trapped LBW by Luke Bartlett for a duck and Will Smart was bowled by Josh Clements for 9.
Elliot Sumner joined Michael Gaunt at the crease with the score at 5/126.
Sumner was able to contribute 36 runs toward a 61 run sixth wicket partnership before he was finally dismissed, caught off the bowling of Peter Hombsch.
Michael O'Brien made his way to the middle with his side needing 9 more runs for victory.
He and Gaunt put on 10 runs together to take Laura's total to 6/197 and secure a 4 wicket victory with 17 balls to spare. Gaunt finished with 70 not out while O'Brien made 4 not out.
Josh Clements was the only multiple wicket taker for Crystal Brook with 2/55/9. There were four single-wicket takers - Jake Clements, Hayden Hooper, Luke Bartlett and Peter Hombsch.
Redhill v Georgetown
It was a day to forget for Redhill as they hosted Georgetown on Saturday.
The home team won the toss and chose to bat first but lost their first wicket in the second over as Matt Keen removed Ben Pilkington for 1 with a simple caught and bowled chance.
Larry Klingner departed soon afterwards, caught off the bowling of Stephen Hollow for 1.
Dan Hayes, Cooper Hayes and Lachlan Mumford were the equal top scorers with 2 runs apiece as Keen and Hollow ran through the middle order.
Redhill were in real trouble at 5/17 but their day didn't get any better as they lost their remaining wickets without further addition to the score.
The final three wickets went the way of Matt Keen in the form of a hat-trick as Redhill were restricted to an all-out total of 17 after 14 overs.
Five batsmen were dismissed for a duck and sundries was the top scorer with 9.
Matt Keen finished with incredible figures of 6/1 off 7 overs including 6 maidens. Stephen Hollow took 4/16/7.
The run chase was almost a formality for Georgetown who needed only 3.2 overs to pass Redhill's score.
However, they did lose one wicket along the way, with Matt Keen caught at slip by Louis Cummins off the bowling of Larry Klingner for a duck.
Shane Ballantyne (11 not out) and Andrew Henderson (3 not out) got the job done for Georgetown to wrap up a comprehensive 9 wicket win.