Round 13 – Day 1 Review
Whatever caused the turn-around, someone at the Palmerston Cricket Club should find it, bottle it and sell it because a fortune is there for the taking. Playing at Cazalys Oval, the Maroons won the toss, elected to bat and occupied the crease for the entire playing day ending on a jaw dropping 6-425 against a Nightcliff attack that clearly lacked options because only five bowlers were used during the required 80 overs. Batting at his favoured position at five, skipper Alex Bleakley (130 n.o.; 86 balls; 11x4, 8x6) lead the way but it was Tasmanian debutant opener Keegan Oates (108; 17x4) who set the platform while ‘keeper / batsman Corey McDean (65), Hamish Martin (60) and Connor Blaxall-Hill (51) all joined the party with half-centuries.
When it was time for scones, sandwiches and cups of tea at the patchy, sun-burned Tracy Village Oval, the home side was 2-130 with Josh Kann and opener Awad Naqvi at the crease. That pair added 108 for the third wicket before Naqvi (77) was dismissed, however, Tahs couldn’t get through Kann who was relatively sedate by his normal standards and remained unbeaten on 162 (153 balls, 9x4, 6x6) against a Waratah attack that looked pedestrian and unable to make inroads into the impressive Village 6-372 at stumps.
Tahs medium pacer (maybe he is a bit quicker on occasions) Jack Edwards (1-48) made the initial break through when he trapped Jackson Edmondstone (40) in front, but he didn’t appear to trouble others during his 16 overs and it was LAO pair Ishara Gange (1-35) and the expensive Dylan Hunter (2-115, 22 overs) that looked most likely to change the Red Cap bowling fortunes.
Southern Districts continued its impressive run scoring at Gerry Wood Oval compiling an imposing 6-396 at the close. Following his last round century (118), Jackson Isakka went back-to-back, scoring his fourth hundred of the season (171 n.o. - 10x4, 6x6) and in the process put on 148 with Matt Hammond (53) and 107 with Dylan Mylius (63) for the fifth and sixth wickets respectively.
PINT bowlers were powerless to curb the onslaught and only Pat Gallow (2-42) and Blade Baxter (1-35) appeared capable of forcing batting errors.
Round 13 – Day 2 Preview
With the fixtured bye in the final round, and although they are near certain finalists, Tracy Village will be keen to finish their season with a convincing win over top-of-the-table Waratah that will bat without the services of Austin Umpherston who has been rested for the game.
So, without Umpherston and Isaac Conway (injured) at the top of the order, the required victory total of 373 looks beyond the Red Cap batting capability. However, apart from Noah McFadyen, the home side lacks bowling penetration and with the return of Dylan Hunter, Waratah will believe they can run down the score but apart from Ashley Chandrasinghe, Jack Edwards and Hunter, it’s difficult to imagine any others capable of scoring the runs necessary – an exception may just be Yash Pednekar who will open the innings with Chanrasinghe but with only two half-centuries to his name this DDCC season, it is an ideal opportunity for him to showcase his obviously precocious talent.
Nightcliff has the unenviable task of chasing 426 from 80 overs for victory against Palmerston and with only Ryan McElduff having any real seasonal form with the bat, and among the players available, it’s difficult to imagine a Tiger victory. There is no doubt Nightcliff players have resolve and with it the self-belief, but while not wanting to dampen that determination, the reality is that although the Maroons lack bowling depth, it has the option of giving LAO Hamish Martin a long spell where he will either contain or take wickets or both, Palmy are well and truly in the driver’s seat.
Currently, Districts sit fourth on the ladder (26 points) and PINT fifth (25 points), so plainly, a Green Cap victory will place them ahead of their rivals and first bid on a finals berth. So, while the importance of a result to both teams is obvious, the PINT batters face the daunting task of reaching 397 against a bowling attack that includes in-form quick Brodie Symons together with Jackson Isakka, Nathan Hangan, Chris McEvoy and Matt Hammond.
Undoubtably, Josh Neill, Tim Garner and Lachlan Bangs will need be to be at their collective best, but input from others will be required if they expect to run down the total against an efficient and varied attack.
Round 13 Fixture - Saturday
07 and 14 August
Palmerston v Nightcliff at Cazlays Oval (12:30pm)
Southern Districts v PINT at Gerry Wood Oval (12:30pm)
Tracy Village v Waratah at Tracy Village Oval (12:30pm)