Round 2 and 3 – Review

Following the ANZAC weekend double-header, Palmerston, Darwin and Nightcliff sit at the head of the table with a 2-1 win / loss record after three rounds of Carlton Mid Premier Grade Competition.

Darwin’s weekend was a mixture of balance and one-dimensional effort. In its first outing against an injury depleted PINT at Kahlin Oval, the Eagles sailed along to a respectable 7-265 (50) which was characterised by a number of productive high and middle order partnerships led by returning premiership captain Luke Shelton (56, 61bf, 3x4, 3x6). PINT was disadvantaged early when off-spinner Coby Edmondstone was forced from the field after suffering a serious hand injury and Green skipper Sanka Wijegunarathne had to juggle his bowlers and used nine in an attempt to unsettle the batsmen.

Against Nightcliff however runs were hard to come by (9-235) and apart from Anthony Adlam (70 n.o.) and Matt Calder (69) they struggled against a solid Tiger attack led by Yuvraj Sharma (4-31). Sharma (63) again rose to the occasion and together with Raveesh Srivastava (68) and hitting machine Josh Brown (59, 30bf, 4x4, 5x6) they chased down Darwin’s 235 with five overs and six wickets to spare.

After a horror Round 2 match against Southern Districts where the Red Caps were far from their best, Waratah jumped back into the winners’ circle at the expense of PINT who apart from glimpses of batting form, struggled in both games – losing to Darwin and Tahs respectively.

An even spread of scores helped Waratah to a modest 7-173 (40) against PINT but the Green’s failed to capitalise on some disciplined bowling and managed only 10-151 in reply – Jonathan Caderamanpulle (45) and the consistent Dhanusha Gamage (28) were the best.

Palmy had the best of weekends, winning both games. Firstly, on the back of a belligerent innings by Connor Carroll (100, 84bf, 11x4, 5x6), Palmerston 2-207 (33.4) ran down Nightcliff’s 9-206 (50) at Nightcliff Oval. And Carroll (55, 46bf, 3x4, 5x6) again led the way in a Maroon total 10-220 (39.5) against Tracy Village. The Villagers batting woes resurfaced and a paltry (10-143, 28.1 overs) was the response.


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Waratah is struggling in the top order where Isaac Conway and Austin Umpherston are not at their very best and the batting order is in round-a-bout mode, so runs are not guaranteed. Although playing on the normally placid Gardens Oval wicket, the Red Cap batting disarray will suit Nightcliff who are in red hot form with bat and can boast a varied bowling attack led by Yuvraj Sharma who bamboozled the Darwin batsmen last weekend.

Darwin’s early season form was outstanding however, they hit the proverbial brick wall against Nightcliff because apart from Anthony Adlam and Matt Calder, the rest didn’t display any resilience against the bowling. Furthermore, a distinct lack of penetration by the entire bowling attack was a foreign feature and needs to be remedied against Palmerston who are flying high on the back strong returns from both the batting and bowling groups.

Tracy Village host Southern Districts at the Village Green and the home side batters rely too heavily on too few – Antum Naqvi is on a bit of a rollercoaster while Josh Kann simply needs to spend more time in the middle until his immense talent begins to bloom. Districts haven’t settled but batting and bowling depth is again a feature so it will not be easy for the Villagers to break their season duck.

Round 4 Fixture - Saturday 30 April

Waratah v Nightcliff at Gardens Oval 

Palmerston v Darwin at Cazaly’s Oval  

Tracy Village v Southern Districts at Tracy Village Oval