The two-day season returned with a bang in a rollercoaster round

Palmerston defeated Waratah

Palmerston has kicked off its two-day season on fire, bouncing back from its one-day semi-final loss with a convincing nine-wicket win over Waratah at Gardens Oval.

The Power stunned the home side with wicketkeeper-bat Caleb Montague top-scoring with 108 to lead his team’s impressive chase of Waratah’s 220 one-wicket down.

Montague, coming in at No.3 put together a match-winning unbeaten partnership of 150 alongside opener Tahj Hill (64*) to lift the Power to an opening-round win in the two-day competition.

It comes as a shock result after the Warriors had finished the 50-over campaign in second place and as runners up in the Grand Final.

Power’s Matthew Scoble also contributed with a handy 46 at the top of the order before he was trapped LBW by Ishara Gange.

In the first innings, spinner Rommel Shahzad took 4-56 including the key wickets of openers Sam Elliot (38) and Aryan Jain (64).

Power captain Hamish Martin was also influential with 3-81 while some good fielding saw the visitors claim three run outs.

Jagadesh Koduru was the next highest scorer for the Warriors with 35 coming in at No.3 as the middle order failed to get going afterward.

The Warriors lost 9-74 after being 1-146 earlier as a below-par score of 220 ensued.


Nightcliff defeated Darwin
 
Nightcliff’s glory season continues after it followed its one-day triumph with a stellar eight-wicket win over Darwin at Nightcliff Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers chased down the Eagles total of 268 with ease in the end as Connor Carroll (101) and Douwtjie Hoogenboezem (115*) powered to centuries in a match-winning 162 opening-run stand.

Eagle pace bowler Dylan McMahon fought hard with 2-40 but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers passed the score after 54.4 overs.

Tyler Van Luin finished unbeaten at the crease on 28 alongside Hoogenboezem who played a fine knock, featuring 17 boundaries and two sixes.

In the first innings, the Eagles got off to a flyer through openers Jordan Rossi (84) and William Andrews (83) putting them in a solid position at 0-128.

But then Andrews was caught by Janu Varatharajan and Atharv Deshpande was trapped LBW and the Eagles were 2-129.

The next highest scorer for the Eagles was No.8 William Pilkington who struck 22 as the middle order failed to fire.

A total of 268 was defendable but always going to be a tough task against an in-form Tigers batting line up.

Leg spinner Charlie Smith was the Tigers star with the ball, taking 4-77 in a brilliant display across 25.5 overs.

Carroll and Andrew Richards also claimed two each to help steer the solid bowling performance.


PINT defeated Southern Districts
 
PINT have done it again.

Just like they did to kick off their one-day campaign, PINT has knocked off Southern Districts to begin its new campaign with a win.

The Greens were outstanding with the ball before their skipper Farzan Chowna led the charge with the bat to power the five-wicket win.

Chowna struck 113 at DXC Arena in a commanding knock to have in side in a favourable position.

Connor Poulton also made a handy 44 opening the batting alongside Chowna as Dylan Mullen tried his best to bowl his side to victory with 4-96.

The Greens ended up passing the Crocs total of 251 after 77.5 overs in a strong victory to begins their new campaign after a disappointing 50-over season where they finished last on the table with a solidary win.

In the first innings, no Croc scored less than 12 or more than 46 in a innings riddled with starts.

Mullen, who opened, was the top scorer with 46 while Christopher McEvoy made a handy 33 not out coming in at No.9.

Cody Edmondstone was the star with the ball for the Greens, taking 4-60 while Joshua Ash was key with 3-28.

It is a disappointing result for the Crocs after they had narrowly fallen short in their one-day semi-final and now have to head into the bye with a 0-1 start.

Tracy Village had the bye.