Round 10 Day 1 – Review
Palmerston left-arm orthodox spinner Hamish Martin and fellow right-arm ‘offie’ Connor Blaxall-Hill sent the Tracy Village batters packing with the spin-twins taking all 10 wickets to have the opposition all out for 128 from 60.3 overs. Martin in particular was devastating: 8-44 from 28 overs including 13 maidens – for the record Blaxall-Hill’s contribution was 2-45 from 20.3 overs.  

After the early wicket mayhem, Tracy consolidated somewhat in the middle order - Josh Kann (21), Josh Hoffman (28) and Tom Kelaart (29) - but the Maroon spin pair soon dispensed with the opposition and were equally ruthless against the tail.

In reply, Palmy are 1-49 with Connor Carroll (37 n.o.) still at the crease.

No problems for the Waratah top-order batsmen who took to the PINT bowlers at DXC Arena and led their team to 8-325 (80 overs) at the close. Madura Weerasinghe opened the innings in the absence of the regular Austin Umpherston but he was soon on his way courtesy of Nick Winter. However, that was the signal for Ashley Chandrasinghe to churn out his second consecutive century (123) and with Isaac Conway (93) the pair combined for a 190 run second wicket partnership – Conway’s score marked his third consecutive half-century. Further pain for the Green bowlers occurred when Chandrasinghe and Jagadeswara Koduru (63, 48bf, 8x4) put on 91 runs for the third wicket. 

Among the nine PINT bowlers used Nick Winter (4-68, 21 overs) and Lachlan Roughley (3-46) got among the wickets.

And at beautiful Kahlin Oval, Darwin dealt the Nightcliff top-of-the-table aspirations a bit of blow when on the back of a century to opener Anthony Adlam his side posted 297 at stumps. By his normal high standards Adlam was not happy with his season but a solid ethic at training paid dividends and with a calculated mixture of brute force and elegance he finished at 135 (193bf, 9x4, 9x6). Top-order batting support from Dhruv Kant (41), Dylan Brasher (33) and Matt Calder (32) significantly aided the Eagle cause.

Nightcliff bowling faltered on occasions and particularly noticeable was the length utilised by opening pair Caelan Maladay (3-105) and Braden Taeuber (1-48) who continually pitched short allowing the Eagle top-order to settle in.  Clearly the most effective with the ball for the visitors was debutant leg-spinner Charlie Smith, and while he watched his first ball in the top-grade sail over the square leg fence courtesy of an Adlam lofted shot, he finished with a creditable 3-64 from 14 overs.

Round 10 Day 2 – Preview
Chasing 298 for victory and ladder leader status is never easy, but Nightcliff has the batting wherewithal to achieve that goal against Darwin at Kahlin Oval with its relatively short square boundaries and traditionally sympathetic batting track.

The Tigers were not impressive in their most recent journey to the batting crease (196 all out against Palmerston) but 2022 history suggests that was an aberration and the Nightcliff batting is generally capable having noted players Yuvraj Sharma, Michael Kudra, Param Uppal and Josh Hartill leading the way and in excess of 300 is not beyond them at Kahlin.

The Darwin bowling attack relies heavily on fast man Jake Reed to make the initial break through – the inclusion of experienced medium-pacer Luke Zanchetta into the side is an advantage but he is certainly underdone and may not be at his best. Skipper Connor Hawkins will bowl plenty of overs but Dylan Brasher, Will Pilkington and Charlie Kemp must also earn their keep.

Waratah has plenty on the board (325), however, PINT scored 303 chasing another big score last round and although they didn’t reach their target, some confidence against a moderate Red Cap bowling array should be a bonus. But a reliance on Coby Edmondstone and Nick Winter won’t be enough so a return to form of opener Dhanusha Gamage together with the other top order is essential. Tahs have included impressive LAO Dylan Hunter in the side but are without nagging medium-pacer Austin Umpherston so Roby Lane and Sam Geyer will be expected to provide support for Udara Weerasinghe who is likely to be the Waratah trump at the bowling crease.

Palmerston (1-49) appear set to take first innings points against Tracy Village (128) and surely prolific opener Connor Carroll (37 n.o.) will be looking to score big following his last round showing against a Village attack that relies heavily on off-spinner Reiley Mark who has already taken the only wicket to fall.

Palmerston batting lacked discipline in a low run chase last round, but should they get the required runs in quick time, the question is: given the form of Hamish Martin in particular, will they go all out for outright points instead of taking the usual early minute (most often many hours), which seems to be the formula adopted by all teams once the first innings result has been determined (Hmmm!).

Round 10 Fixture - Saturday 25 June and Saturday 02 July
Darwin v Nightcliff at Kahlin Oval (12.30pm)
PINT V Waratah at DXC Arena (12.30pm)  
Tracy Village v Palmerston at Tracy Village Oval (12.30pm) 
Bye: Southern Districts