Cricket Web Blue v Cricket Web Colts
Ball by Ball
Impressive batting by the Cricket Web Colts set Cricket Web Blue to the sword and forced a 241-run win at the CW Oval. Practically every Colts player struck form, with all by captain Kyle Wright reaching double figures in the first innings score of 388 all out. It was a satisfying performance after the Colts elected to bat first. Simon Fitzsimmons (75) and James Malthus (81) lay the platform admirably with a 134-run stand. The Blue bowlers were accurate and purposeful, but lacked the fire of Travis Demeza and were consequently lacking penetration.
All the middle order got starts, but after the good work of the openers, Daniel Towns' 45 was the best of Colts progress. Once again Sean Fuller was the outstanding old ball bowler for the Blues, using reverse swing to his advantage in taking 3-51.
Responding to the large total, and in conditions still good for batting, the Blues quickly lost new acquisition Thamba Mamesh for a duck. Wright looked intent on making amends for his first innings duck, and he tested the batsmen early with the swinging red ball. Only Brendan Goff, of the top order, looked free at the crease, and Pete Young and Dinu DeSilva laboured for their runs. Both batsmen were then outdone by excellent deliveries. Fuller was called upon with the ball as the Blue innings went into sudden decline. From a reasonable 97-2, the score quickly became 113-5. Batting at five, Fuller played a gutsy innings of 53, but no one after him reached double figures, and CW Blue stumbled to 192 all out. Nick Hancock was excellent against the lower order and tail, also dismissing Fuller, and taking 4 for 28.
Things gained greater intensity in the second innings, and Liam Camps joined his opposite number in attempts at redemption after a batting duck. His burst of 3 wickets found the Colts at 58-4, and the game seemed open once more. But the strokeplay of Pooja Bharat (142) and Mike Wilson (51) quickly regained the momentum for the Colts. Tarick Weber too rubbed in the achievement of recovery with an unbeaten half-century. The Colts declared at 406-9 and set the Blues 603 for victory.
While Pete Young (51) and Thamba Mamesh (91) were at the crease, it seemed the Blues would fight to a drawn result. Wright expertly tossed the ball to Butler and once again altered the shape of the game. The part-time medium-pacer induced an edge by Mamesh to what proved to be the final ball of the day. An opening stand was halted at 159 and the Colts surged back into control on the following morning. Two early wickets for Wright set the tone. Goff, DeSilva and Fuller were in fighting form, but wickets fell at regular intervals to the Colts seamers. Alex Crampton and Matt Currie offered the final genuine resistance down the order, and CW Blue reached the final hour of play with a wicket intact. However, Matt Smith could not negotiate a Wright yorker and was lbw to post the result.
Cricket Web Colts 1st innings 388 all out
JB Malthus 81, SG Fitzsimmons 75, DP Towns 45
SE Fuller 3-51, MJ Smith 3-103
Cricket Web Blue 1st innings 192 all out
SE Fuller 53, PE Young 37, BJ Goff 29
NR Hancock 4-28, TV Weber 3-29
Cricket Web Colts 2nd innings 406-9 dec.
P Bharat 142, JB Malthus 72, TV Weber 53*, MW Wilson 51
LA Camps 5-76, AAA Collins 3-57
Cricket Web Blue 2nd innings 361 all out
T Mamesh 91, PE Young 51, BJ Goff 45
KS Wright 4-67, GM Thomas 3-91
Cricket Web Colts won by 241 runs.
Man of the Match: P Bharat
Cricket Web Red v Cricket Web Black
Ball by Ball
Marc Robbins anchored a thrilling run chase, playing another one of his famous innings under pressure in a 3-wicket win for Cricket Web Red. Though the Reds dominated the game for the most part, a burst of 3 wickets by Kexing Su rattled a run chase of 188, as CW Red stumbled from 120-3 to 156-7. But Robbins kept his cool in the clutch. He played with great caution but also showed faith in his partner Kennett, as the two gradually eased Red to victory. Robbins remained unbeaten on 41, whilst Kennett contributed 5.
Dan Smith won the toss way back on day one and chose to bat first in good conditions. But he was met with some very disciplined bowling by the Reds and the top order fell to strokes of frustration more than anything else. Young seamer, Raghav was particularly effective. He took a wicket with his first ball and ended with 4 in the innings. Corey McMeekin was the only player to emerge with his reputation enhanced, as he scored a very brave 54 unbeaten. Granted, Kexing Su did extraordinarily well to last 25 balls for his 1 run.
In turn, the Red batsmen struggled to adjust to the pace and bounce of the wicket. Nath Patrick used the conditions to his favour and took the early wicket of Dobson on his way to a 5-wicket haul. Aseem Sharma promised much with a bright 20, but gave way to a loose stroke outside offstump. When Robbins was caught pulling for a duck, the Reds were struggling at 74-4. It was then that David Kearsley seized his opportunity to cement a starting spot. With Rob Dauth playing expertly at the other end, Kearsley launched a counterattack on the Black bowlers and hammered 8 fours and 2 sixes in a high quality 60. The innings was so good that it overshadowed that of Dauth, even as the right-hander went on to score a fine 118. CW Red pushed on to 305 all out and a lead of 134.
The Black top order clearly learned little from their first innings experience and collapsed meekly once again. This time they were met with an inspired spell of quick bowling by veteran Dave Watt, however. At 55-4, things were bleak, to say the least. Yet Andrew Cloete found a willing partner in the excellent McMeekin. The two added 117 and registered scores of 72 and 77 respectively. Zac Gelman was also amongst the runs in the fightback, and his innings was to the tune of 66. CW Black closed on 321, meaning that CW Red would chase 188 to win.
Once again Dobson fell early, this time to Kexing Su, but the Red batsmen looked at great ease in chasing the total anyway. Rookie captain Haakon Moerk decided to play with urgency, and he hit two sixes in his 19, then was caught in the gully. From there - 32 for 2 - the Reds continued to build strongly toward the total. Dauth and Kearsley carried on with the freedom of the first innings, but when Kexing Su stepped in to rattle the run chase, Robbins came to the fore, as he often does.
Cricket Web Black 1st innings 177 all out
CR McMeekin 54*, AR Arnold 38, DP Smith 23
SV Raghav 4-34, MJ Robbins 3-2
Cricket Web Red 1st innings 305 all out
RJ Dauth 118, DA Kearsley 60, CP Thompson 34
NL Patrick 5-65, ZE Gelman 2-31
Cricket Web Black 2nd innings 321 all out
CR McMeekin 77, AP Cloete 72, ZE Gelman 66
DJ Watt 7-73
Cricket Web Red 2nd innings 190-7
RJ Dauth 47, MJ Robbins 41*, DA Kearsley 30
Kexing Su 4-45
Cricket Web Red won by 3 wickets.
Man of the Match: RJ Dauth
Cricket Web Green v Cricket Web Under-19
Ball by Ball
A highly entertaining encounter went into 15 sessions, and only had a result thanks to generous overnight declaration by captain Gough, who then failed to back that up with performances in the final innings. His opposing number, Andrew Garven, scored a brutal Man-of-the-Match-worthy 126 as Green took the five-wicket win in Goffmouth.
The U-19s batted first, apparently buoyed by Cameron opening the bowling. His four overs went for 28, as Luff and Hopgood raced to 77 before Luff gave a chance to Hogarth. Cunningham was brought on in the next over, and things began to happen. He took three wickets in an exhausting eight-over spell, with a brilliant slower ball to remove Scott caught and bowled as the highlight.
Will Kerr showcased his potential as he compiled a stellar hundred in the afternoon, and the ease of which singles were taken showed that he will be a potent force in the one-dayers. Cunningham struck right after tea and Cameron had Reddlapalli lbw, but Kerr batted perfectly with the tail, taking the strike for the most part to compile 106 before getting a touch a Mitchell short ball to Cameron at deep square.
Rose ended the U-19 effort with the first ball of the second day, but Gough struck with the third over as Green's opening woes continued. Hogarth survived with a couple of streaky edges until the rain break, which lasted for nearly three hours; when the batsmen came back, they were dominant. Hogarth struck nine fours in his 73, getting called lbw to Ritchie in the Red spinner's second over, while Malone's 84 was cut short by a freak catch from Scott. Corrin and Garven continued in that vein, however, having seemingly no problems with the occasionally erratic bounce and poor light conditions in the evening of the second and morning of the third day. They compiled 121 for the fourth wicket, taking Green within 45 runs before another massive catch by Scott in the slips ended Garven's contribution for 78.
Corrin brought up the fifty immediately after the lunch break, before leaving midway through the game for a score of 80, but there was no respite for the Under-19 bowlers. Bryce Cunningham showed there is still some batting form left despite last season's largely forgettable (624 runs @ 20) campaign, making a century with exactly one flaw - the straight up top-edge to Hopgood on 13. Amazingly, Hopgood let it between his fingers, and Cunningham went on for a 98-ball ton, struck the next ball for six, and then got an inside-edge to Gough. Gough and Dunn got plenty of reverse movement late on the third day, and Gough ended the innings for 519, completing the five-wicket-haul and ensuring a Green first-innings lead of 165. Of the other bowlers, few emerged with credit; Ritchie got two wickets as an off-break strike bowler, while the remainder ended with three for 338 from 93 overs.
Luff whiffed a ball back to Rose in the opening spell, and Scott was bowled off a no-ball by Mitchell - and then luck turned for the Greens. A sunny fourth morning turned brutal for the bowlers, despite the fact that clouds came over later during the morning session, and Hopgood made a hundred before lunch after camping overnight on 27. They were effectively one for one as they went in to the break; Cunningham then struck in his second spell, removing both settled batsmen before he was taken off, after a partnership of 185.
Reddlapalli and Read upped the total considerably after tea, with a sixth-wicket stand of 70 after the umpires had upheld four lbw appeals against the youngsters, and after that partnership was broken Gundry and Donald ensured a fine total with the help of some sloppy fielding.
Kev Gough chose to declare overnight, having a lead of 294 to play with. As it turned out, it was probably 50 runs too little, though if he had turned up himself it would have helped. An opening spell of 6-0-18-0 was not particularly threatening, especially as both Dunn and Reddlapalli created chances. Gundry also struck with his second over, and Green were struggling somewhat at 59 for two.
That was as good as it got. A couple of drops by Read and Hogarth became crucial, as Garven raced to a hundred just before tea, with just 82 to get in the final session. Another strike by Ritchie - after conceding three fours - pegged them back briefly, but it was too easy for Dubb-Lynch and Cunningham, who secured a five-wicket win.
Cricket Web U-19 1st innings 354 all out
WA Kerr 106, MR Hopgood 54, MD Luff 42
BC Cunningham 4-36, XPA Rose 2-72
Cricket Web Green 1st innings 519 all out
BC Cunningham 109, RJ Malone 84, M Corrin 80, AJ Garven 78, DD Hogarth 73
KJ Gough 5-120
Cricket Web U-19 2nd innings 459-7 dec.
MR Hopgood 119, NG Scott 95, BC Donald 57*, M Reddlapalli 46
XPA Rose/BC Cunningham 2-93
Cricket Web Green 2nd innings 295-5
AJ Garven 126, A Lezama 50
PG Gundry 2-70
Cricket Web Green won by 5 wickets.
Man of the Match: AJ Garven