Round 12 Day 1 – Review
A touch of history occurred when Waratah opener Ashley Chandrasinghe joined Greg Clarence (PINT) and Jake Weatherald (TV) as the only players to record centuries in four consecutive Darwin Premier Grade games. In characteristic style, Chandrasinghe (166 not out, 234 balls faced) ground out his ton against top-of-the-ladder Darwin at Gardens Oval and on the way shared a 75-run opening stand with Dylan Hunter (55) and a 289-run third wicket partnership with Jagadeswara Koduru (147) and at stumps Tahs reached 4-401.
Missing the services of experienced medium pacer Luke Zanchetta, Darwin’s shallow bowling depth endured another blow when fiery Jake Reed suffered a lower leg injury in his first over and that was almost the signal for the Tahs batsmen to breathe a collective sigh of relief and go about their business without significant impediment.
But the day belonged to Chandrasinghe, and he carried his bat which is also a rare feat but not nearly as significant as becoming a member of such a select group; another century in his next dig and he stands alone at the top of the tree.
Nightcliff tumbled out of the top four last week and came up against Southern Districts seeking redemption and a return to finals contention. Bowling first, the Tigers rejoiced after taking a wicket without a run on the board when Caelan Maladay trapped Lochie Hardy in front and while further triumph was forthcoming, it was always at the expense of a series of moderately successful partnerships intermixed by a century (104 n.o., 156 balls faced) from former PINT skipper Tim Garner – his first triple figure score at his new club. Batting at eleven (Hmmmm!), Matt Hammond was next best at 42 n.o. and the rural men accumulated 9-314 at the close.
Maladay (5-91) and young leggie Charlie Smith (3-61) were the best with the ball for the Tigers.
PINT had a good day with the bat at DXC Arena finishing at 361 all out after 80 overs against a hapless Tracy Village. Star of the show was Jack Wood (159, 167 balls faced, 10x4, 11x6). Jonathon Caderamanpulle (56) and Coby Edmonstone (44) aided the cause while Reiley Mark (3-129, 24 overs) filed the best bowling return for the Villagers.
Round 12 Day 2 – Preview
Nightcliff has the ultimate incentive to surpass the Southern Districts 314 – a possible spot back in the top four being the critical goal.
However, while the Tigers have the batting wherewithal to achieve that objective as evidenced by their recent T20 League title, batting in the red-ball game has not given hope of reaching the required competitive total. Too many top-order Tigers get starts but have succumbed to undisciplined shots and they will be squaring off against arguably the most potent attack in the competition. Someone, or preferably a couple of those in the top-order which includes Param Uppal, Yuvraj Sharma, Raveesh Srivastava and Josh Brown must knuckle down and score big runs.
Brodie Symons has been outstanding with the ball since his return to the club and with Xavier Crone, Sam Kerber, Matt Hammond and even out of form pair Corey Kelly and Tom O’Connell to call on, there is plenty of wicket-taking potential available to the Crocs.
The boot is on the other foot for Darwin who will be chasing 402 for victory this round and while its batters scored massively last time at the crease, chasing rather than setting totals is more of a mental exercise and while the Red Cap bowling may not be fearsome, it has done the job in recent games.
No doubt Darwin will start with the prolific opening pair Anthony Adlam and Dylan Brasher with Matt Calder to follow, then apart from Dhruv Kant, the remainder of the order has not been forthcoming on a consistent basis. So, if Tahs can’t affect a couple of early break throughs utilising Caiden Eaton and the soon to depart Sam Geyer then if the stabilising effect of Roby Lane, Udara Weerasinghe and Dylan Hunter also doesn’t work, an abundance of leather chasing is on the agenda for the Red Caps in the field.
PINT amassed 361 with the bat and given the recent form of Tracy Village it may just be a mountain too high to climb. However, if the Village batsmen are well read and have self-belief then the book title “No Mountain Too High” by Stan Cottrell may become the clubs’ new catchcry.
With or without the services of Nick Winter, the Greens have struggled all season to contain opposition batsmen to gettable scores and have otherwise relied on Lachlan Roughly to undertake a leading role with the ball. But equally, Tracy’s recent form with the bat has not been outstanding and in chasing such a formidable total that “mountain too high” may just refer to the men under the yellow caps.
Round 12 Fixture - Saturday 23 July and Saturday 30 July
PINT v Tracy Village at DXC Arena (12.30pm)
Waratah v Darwin at Gardens Oval (12.30pm)
Nightcliff v Southern Districts at Nightcliff Oval (12.30pm)