Strong finish for Crystals in last round of Rocky River Cricket

TURNED: Georgetown's Shane Ballantyne turns the ball to legside against Laura. FILE PHOTO.
TURNED: Georgetown's Shane Ballantyne turns the ball to legside against Laura. FILE PHOTO.

The final minor round games in the Rocky River Cricket Association took place on the weekend.

Crystal Brook finished the season with a 91 run win over Gladstone to shore up third position on the ladder.

Gladstone will be hoping for a different outcome when they host Crystal Brook in the preliminary final on Saturday 22nd of February.

The winner of this game will advance to the grand final against minor premiers Laura on Saturday 29th of February.

Georgetown recorded a 7 wicket win against Laura on Saturday but it was too little too late as they finished the season in last place behind Redhill.

Crystal Brook v Gladstone

Crystal Brook won the toss and elected to bat first against Gladstone. Luke Bartlett and Ben Cousins put on a solid opening stand of 71 runs before Cousins was trapped LBW by Riley Hennessy for 36.

Jesse Philps then picked up two quick wickets, bowling Jake Clements for 4 and Steve Merkel for 1 with the score at 3/104.

The next three wickets belonged to Dylan Hansen. He dismissed Toby Kelly for 5 and Hayden Hooper for 24 and picked up the big wicket of Luke Bartlett for 100.

Leo Coates (14 not out) and Peter Hombsch (5 not out) helped their side to a total of 6/203 at the completion of 42 overs.

Hansen was the best of the bowlers with 3/72/10. Jesse Philps took 2/45/12 and Riley Hennessy picked up 1/37/9.

Gladstone's run chase started well as Dylan Hansen and Jesse Philps put on 44 runs for the opening stand.

Philps was the first to go, caught off the bowling of Josh Clements for 6. Hansen departed shortly afterward, caught behind off the bowling of Leo Coates for 35 with the score at 2/58.

After Hansen's dismissal, Gladstone were unable to put together a substantial partnership and Leigh Wade (10) was the only batsman to make it into double figures.

Gladstone crumbled to be all out for 112 after 40 overs, 91 runs short of Crystal Brook's total of 203.

Toby Kelly was the best of Crystal Brook's bowlers with 3/10/5. Leo Coates took 2/7/5 and there were five single-wicket takers - Josh Clements (1/22/7), Luke Bartlett (1/9/5), Andrew Horace (1/10/4), Hugh Marshall (1/9/4) and Peter Hombsch (1/13/3).

Laura v Georgetown

Laura hosted Georgetown on Saturday and chose to bat first after calling the coin toss correctly.

Jaran Turner and Michael Gaunt got their team off to a good start with a first wicket partnership of 61 runs.

Turner was the first to go, caught at third man by Matt Fejo off the bowling of Alex Falconer for 24.

The next seven wickets all belonged to spinner, Cody Robson, thanks to seven catches by Georgetown fielders. Andrew Fleming (13) and Darryl Boylan (14) were the only two to make it into double figures and the other five could only manage 10 runs between them.

Michael Gaunt batted through almost the entire innings before being caught on the boundary in the last over for 72 off the bowling of Mackenzie Meaney.

Laura's Elliot Sumner was unable to bat due to a hand injury which meant that Laura were all out with a score of 9/146 after 41.1 overs.

Cody Robson finished with figures of 7/37 from 10 overs. Alex Falconer (1/20/5) and Mackenzie Meaney (1/27/11.1) picked up the remaining two wickets.

Georgetown's run chase started well with Shane Ballantyne and Matt Keen putting on 65 runs without loss. Keen had to depart for 22 when he was bowled by Elliot Sumner.

The next wicket fell in the following over when Casey French was caught at short fine leg by Sumner off the bowling of Darryl Boylan for a duck. Andrew Henderson contributed 2 runs toward a 31 run partnership with Ballantyne before he was caught by Andrew Fleming off the bowling of Will Smart with the score at 3/97.

Alex Falconer joined Ballantyne at the crease and the pair put on 55 runs together to take Georgetown's total to 3/152 and wrap up a seven wicket victory. Falconer finished with 32 not out and Ballantyne with 78 not out.

Elliot Sumner (1/26/8), Darryl Boylan (1/45/9) and Will Smart (1/21/4) were the only wicket takers for Laura.