Round 2 Review

Round 2 winners were: Southern Districts, Darwin and PINT

Playing on the newly named Gerry Wood Oval (formerly Fred’s Pass) for the first time, Southern Districts opened their season account with a 23-run over Tracy Village. Sent in to bat, Districts managed 9-215 after its allotted 50 overs – recruit Lochie Hardy (80) at the top of the order and number five Brodie Symons (46) did the bulk of the scoring while Harry Kitschke (2-20) had the best return among the Village bowlers.

Village made a bold challenge but was bowled out for 192 (47.5 overs) – key among the chase was a solid top order batting performance with Jackson Edmondstone (44), Joshua Kann (42) and Coby Edmondstone (41) all getting starts but each fell at a crucial stage. Although failing with the bat following his 131 not out in round one, Jackson Isakka topped the bowling credits with 3-22.

Darwin made it two from two after dealing with Palmerston at Kahlin Oval.  Batting first after winning the toss, Palmy started disastrously when Luke Zanchetta claimed a wicket in the first over of the game, however, a 49-run second wicket partnership got the Maroons back on track. But enter medium-pacer Kris Denby (4-30) who claimed the next three wickets including batting ace Alex Bleakley and the visitors were back on their heals, eventually rolling over for 155 (44.4 overs) - a feature was the Darwin catching which was exceptional.

Lanky left-handed opening batsman Anthony Adlam (67) made it back-to-back half-centuries for his new club and took a heavy toll on some early wayward bowling and set the foundation for the Eagle victory.  A middle-order batting collapse gave Palmerston a semblance of a chance but with too few runs on the board the home side recorded a three wicket (7-156) victory. Maroon medium-pacer Oscar Oborn-Corby (2-21 off 10 overs) and left-arm orthodox Hamish Martin (2-32), were the pick of the bowlers.

PINT also remains undefeated after a stirring four run win over Nightcliff. Batting first, the Greens got to 6-213 after 50 overs with skipper Tim Garner (53) again topping the list – most of the top order got starts but failed to capitalise.

The Tigers gave a good account of themselves but fell short at 8-209 at the close – Josh Hartill (60), Joel Curtis (58) and Ryan McElduff (40) set a platform, but they just couldn’t match the Greens. PINT bowlers all struggled to gain an ascendancy, however, in the absence of tall pacer Pat Gallow, Tom Grose (1-15) opened the bowling and claimed his first wicket in the past 11 games at the top level.

Round 3 Preview

Playing at home, Nightcliff will need to be at their best against Waratah who are coming off the bye. Tahs showed enough in their first outing to suggest they will again be a strong unit especially with the inclusion of Austin Umpherston at the top of the batting order. The Tigers were solid in their season opener and seem to have attracted a solid top order batting array but their bowling lacks penetration which may be a blessing for the Waratah batsmen.

PINT will try for three-from-three when they travel to Cazalys to take on Palmerston. Like all teams, the Greens will take time to settle but signs suggest a deep batting core although they have some weaknesses in their bowling and apart from spinner Dylan Harrison-Smith and to a degree Blade Baxter, it still lacks penetration.

Darwin travels to DXC Arena to take on traditional rivals Tracy Village in a day / night fixture and while there is a stark contrast in the respective early season results – Darwin two-from-two and Tracy winless – it is in fact the Villagers who have been the more impressive especially by comparison with their 2020 season.

Darwin’s top order batting has been held together by opener Anthony Adlam and a more disciplined showing by the others is essential if they have high ladder aspirations. Tracy on the other hand is  steady in both batting and bowling and while fielding remains below standard, they will eventually get it together and win a game which will lead to belief in themselves and a reason for warranted self-confidence.

Round 3 Fixture

Nightcliff v Waratah at Nightcliff Oval (11am)

Tracy Village v Darwin at DXC Arena (2pm: day / night)

Palmerston v PINT at Cazalys Oval (11am)

Bye: Southern Districts