Round 14 – Day 1 Review
Nightcliff captain, ‘keeper / batsman Josh Hartill (134; 15x4, 1x6) certainly kept his best till last when he completely took control of the Darwin bowlers at the wonderfully newly-fenced Kahlin Oval. Hartill is the third playing skipper at Nightcliff after Nash Sant and Joel Curtis succumbed to injury during the season and while he has kept efficiently, his batting has fallen short on occasions after some promising starts. Not so against a well-credential Eagle bowling array that included former Aussie international Chris Tremain, Luke Zanchetta, Troy Ryan and Connor Hawkins because when he joined opener Ryan McElduff after Zanchetta knocked over Ryan Hackney cheaply, he and McElduff (67) shared a 130 run second wicket partnership, and the Tigers were on their way to a healthy 10-298 (78.5) at stumps.
Tremain was feisty and often pounded in the short ball to little effect, Zanchetta (2-37) was at his usual miserly self and the surprise was skipper and part-time bowler Jacob Dickman (3-37 from 8 overs).
With an outside chance of playing finals, PINT pretty much needed maximum points against Waratah at DXC Arena – but it wasn’t to be because after winning the toss and batting, the Greens were bowled out for 154 in a mere 35.2 overs. Josh Neill (45), batting at six, topped the card while Dylan Hunter, after being so expensive in the previous round, returned 4-13 from his meagre five overs.
Tahs have already passed the total and at 1-173 with Ashley Chandrasinghe 90 n.o. and Austin Umpherston 36 n.o. still at the crease, the Red Caps can stitch up the minor premiership with a big win and time in the middle will also act as the perfect preparation for their back-to-back premiership tilt.
Playing at Cazalys Oval for the final time this season, Palmerston won the toss, batted and were bowled out by Southern Districts for a very competitive 326 from 70 overs. Connor Blaxall-Hill (114; 8x4, 4x6) continued with his recent good form and with ‘keeper / batsman Corey McDean (80) they combined to hold out a good Districts bowling attack which was again led by Matt Hammond (3-32) and Brodie Symons (3-60).
In reply, the Crocs are 0-20 with Lachie Hardy 12 n.o. and Kierran Voelkl 9 n.o. at the crease.
Round 14 – Day 2 Preview
With little or no hope of playing finals, PINT can end its season in a dignified manner with a solid performance against Waratah who has already gained first innings points.
Surely, Tahs will want to play cricket on the final day of the minor round season with Ashley Chandrasinghe (90 n.o.) poised to make his maiden DDCC century after falling one run short against Darwin in Round 12. Another incentive to continue playing, and one that will not be lost on skipper Udara Weerasinghe, is that his batsmen can spend time in the middle, albeit without pressure, but nonetheless it is the perfect form of practice prior to the finals.
PINT is a proud club with a wonderful history and they can further enhance that distinctive reputation built up over many decades by playing the game out in good spirit – missing finals is not the end of the world because irrespective of the result, the sun will definitely rise in the east on the next morning.
Darwin is certain to play finals and an ideal build up will be their batting performance chasing the Nightcliff total of 298. Anthony Adlam and Adam Costello will be keen to set the platform and with newfound batting gem Ethan Anderson and the promising Will Anstey to join Jacob Dickman, the Eagles have the talent and certainly plenty of incentive to run down the total. For their part, Nightcliff has conceded plenty of runs recently and playing at the run friendly Kahlin Oval, all bowlers should be keen to end their season with a disciplined performance by following a plan of execution which should include winning by bowling out the opposition using the tried area exploitation which puts the onus on batsmen. A significant bonus for the Tigers is the return from injury of quick, Tushaar Garg, who will add spice to the attack.
Districts’ batting has been a sure sign of strength recently, but most recently it has been from the front and now the test will be to run down a sizable total and determine if they can buck the system by chasing and continuing to win – they also have some form in that area and ran down a sizable total against Waratah back in Round 11. In favour of the rural men is that they bat deep and have Jackson Isakka in rare form – coming off back-to-back hundreds - and with the likes of Lachie Hardy, Kierran Voelkl, who is running into some form as is Dylan Mylius, together with Matt Hammond and fellow all-rounder Brodie Symons, the Crocs have the wherewithal to challenge any total. For their part, Palmy rely on heavily on Hamish Martin to roll away with his LAO’s but to restrict the extensive opposition batting depth, others must add their support when at the bowling crease.
Round 14 Fixture - Saturday
21 and 28 August
Darwin v Nightcliff at Kahlin Oval (12.30pm)
Palmerston v Southern Districts at Cazalys Oval (12.30pm)
PINT v Waratah at DXC Arena (12.30pm)
Bye: Tracy Village