Round 11 – Day 2 Review
A desperately unlucky Nightcliff was overwhelmed by Tracy Village in the match played at Tigerland. Not only did the Tigers lose skipper Nash Sant prior to the game but stand in captain and batting mainstay Joel Curtis was not capable of playing on the second day because of an injury sustained throughout the week. Chasing an imposing 308 for victory, Nightcliff was unable to put together the partnerships needed to keep in the contest and was bowled out for 151 after 62.5 overs – only Tushaar Garg (52, batting at six) held his own against a steady attack.
The wickets were shared by the eight Tracy bowlers used – in a fine double, Noah Mcfadyen (2-25) and Coby Edmondstone (2-29) filed the best returns.
And while not playing for bonus points, the Villagers did justice to the game of cricket and batted for a second time (2-35). I applaud their decision because they used it sensibly giving lower order batters some centre wicket time.
Surely either the bonus point system resurrection or playing 90 overs must be high on the DCMC agenda for future seasons because the disincentive to continue playing continues, and while it takes two to tango (both captains), for the third consecutive two-day fixture played by Darwin, an early finish, this time after a mere three hours of play and with little chance of outright victory, Darwin and PINT pulled stumps after the impressive Eagle result which sent them to the top of the table…. Hmmmm?
It was the strength of the Darwin batting that was again in evidence as opening pair Anthony Adlam (84 n.o.) and Adam Costello (30) together with Harry Chamberlain (97; 87 balls, 9x4, 5x6) and Beau Webster (47 n.o.) toyed with the Green attack that apart from spinner Rohit Adhikari (1-36), was completely void of penetrative options throughout the 53.2 overs they bowled.
Following its defeat in the Carlton Mid DDCC T20 League final during the week, the Red Caps couldn’t contain the Southern Districts batting at Gerry Wood Oval. Chasing 276 for victory and without significant input from either Jackson Isakka (1) and Matthew Hammond (37), Districts finished the day at 9-283 (77.1 overs). Star of the day was NSW import Matthew Gilkes (112), who batting at three, was resolute in his 137 ball (12x4) stay at the crease. The Tah winning belief was always apparent and while Austin Umpherston, Dylan Hunter, Udara Weerasinghe and Madura Weerasinghe took two wickets each, none of them looked like achieving an early finish and victory.
The result saw Waratah tumble to second position on the ladder but more importantly, Districts victory ensured they held fifth position but with a realistic chance of a top four finish at season end.
Round 12 – Day 1 Preview
The battle for top spot is hinged on the Darwin (1st, 34 points) v Waratah (2nd, 32 points) clash at Gardens Oval. Both have strong batting, but each has problems imposing itself at the bowling crease.
A return to red ball cricket may be the ingredient for Eagle front-liners Luke Zanchetta and Troy Ryan to get back to their wicket taking best and with LAO pair Tom Andrews and Connor Hawkins both in reasonable form, Darwin has the bowlers capable of mixing it with the Red Cap best batsmen including: Isaac Conway, Ashley Chandrasinghe, Austin Umpherston and Dylan Hunter.
But, with the emergence of Adam Costello at the top of the order to join run machine Anthony Adlam and with Harry Chamberlain, Beau Webster and skipper Jacob Dickman all itching to get out into the middle of the normally placid Gardens track, a run-glut is likely because Waratah bowlers are steady but lack the piercing power to break through the Eagle batting wall.
Nightcliff plays host to a buoyant Southern Districts and both have reason to go about claiming victory – Nightcliff to keep its slim finals hopes alive and Districts, who have been inconsistent and sit fifth on the ladder, will be aware that if they sustain the winning formula a finals berth is pretty much guaranteed.
Despite losing both on-field leaders, the Tigers have the steadiness to cause an upset but it’s all or nothing and each player must contribute, especially with the bat where they had been sound. Districts on the other hand are blessed with an array of competent bowlers and although batting is a bit of a raffle, there is depth which has the ability and experience to score heavily particularly after losing early wickets.
Having the bye last week and with results not favouring them, Palmerston simply must account for a rampant Tracy Village at Cazalys Oval. Village middle / late order batting was the main reason for its huge total and resultant victory last week, but bowling remains an issue where opposition batsmen can take advantage. Palmerston has an abundance of capable bowlers, but apart from Hamish Martin, none has demonstrated a consistent ability to take control and while its batting is at best solid, they nonetheless have the capability of trouncing an attack that is not at its best.
Round 12 Fixture - Saturday 24 and 31 July
Nightcliff v Southern Districts at Nightcliff Oval (12:30pm)
Waratah v Darwin at Gardens Oval (12:30pm)
Palmerston v Tracy Village at Cazalys Oval (12:30pm)