Solly-North v Props: The Cats have lost two in a row after Props defeated them by three wickets. The Cats batted first and finished on 6/112 from 42 overs. Olly Cosmai found some form top scoring with 51. Bear Moore (18) and Scott McIntyre (16) were the next best with the bat. Fraser Wyatt was the chief destroyer taking 4/18 from nine overs. Tyler Thorpe (1/9) and Jack Tiller (1/14) were the other wicket takers. Props were made to fight it out and eventually made the required runs in the 40th over. Props fell to 4/21 at one stage before Peter Bessen (36) and Reece Fowler (23) combined for a valuable partnership. Fraser Wyatt finished on 16 not out to steer the side home. Captain Ben Brown was great with the ball taking 4/17. Scott McIntyre, Lee Nash and James Pavlich all claimed one wicket each for the Cats.
South Port v Wandearah: The Pirates won the toss against the Rams and sent them in before losing by 161 runs. The Rams made the highest total for the year making 2/259 in 42 overs. Matt Thornton took full toll of a good batting deck and any loose bowling making 135. Jack Dickeson made 71. Michael Ashman was probably the pick of the bowlers taking 1/32 from nine overs. The only other wicket taker was Jake Walsh who claimed 1/35. The run chase was always going to be hard and the Pirates were bowled out for 98 in the last over. James Congdon toughed it out making 23 even appearing to be struggling with a hamstring injury. Jake Walsh (11) and Shahzad David (10) were the other players to pass double figures. Matt Thornton topped off a great day taking 3/12. Andrew Congdon was the other multiple wicket taker with 2/25.
Props v Risdon: Props moved into the top four with a 34 run win over Risdon. The Panthers made 7/108 in 35 overs with Mick Waters making 37. Leigh Hajisavva, Vittorio Ciampi and Scott Smith all claimed two wickets for the Tigers. The Tigers were bowled out for 74 in reply with Leigh Hajisavva top scoring with 23. Adam Conradi (3/12) and Sean Grieg (3/23) were again good with the ball for the Panthers.
Warnertown v Port Germein: The Wombats have slipped out of the top four with a 43 run loss to the Sharks. Dwyane Freeman was the best with the bat for the Sharks making 82 out of 140. Matt Taylor claimed 3/22 for the Wombats. The Wombats couldn’t crack the ton being bowled out for 97. Veteran Nigel Anderson top scored making 30. Mack Brentson (4/24) and Lachie Pole (3/23) did the damage with the ball.
South Port v Wandearah: The Pirates remain anchored to the bottom of the table after a 79 run loss to the Rams. The Rams amassed 5/171 with Scott Gray (45) and Dwain Sedunary (35 not out) making the runs. Tyson Fetherstonhaugh claimed two wickets for the Pirates. The Pirates were bowled out for 92 in reply. Sam Ferme top scored making 42. Imran Hashmi claimed 3/10 for the Rams.
Previews – A Grade
Solly-North v South Port – Memorial 10.30am: The Cats will hope to move back to top spot with a win over the Pirates if the other match result goes their way. It was great to see Olly Cosmai get some runs last weekend. If the Cats are to be contenders more is required from him with the bat. Ben Brown and Scott McIntyre are the two key figures with bat and ball for the Cats. James Pavlich, Adam Johnson, Lee Nash, Mick Tresize and Bear Moore all need to step up with bat and ball for the Cats. Last week was a tough one for the Pirates but hopefully they are learning and can provide an early Christmas present to their captain James Congdon with a win as they did in the corresponding fixture last year. Mitch Alchin, Jake Walsh, James Congdon and Jaryd Thorn need to make the runs while Shahzad David and Michael Ashman need to take the majority of the wickets. The Cats will bounce back with a victory.
Wandearah v Props – Port 10.30am: This should be a great game of cricket between two fierce rivals. Wandearah’s opening pair of Matt Thornton and Jack Dickeson combined for an opening partnership of 180 last week. The Rams have a couple of players missing this week so Scott Gray, Chris Crouch and Todd Baker will be looking for time in the middle. The bowling line up of Thornton, Baker, Damien Rhodes, Marc Congdon and Jack Dickeson will be put to the test this week. The Panthers had a tough win last week against the Cats. Peter Bessen found some form in the middle order last week along with Reece Fowler. The batting line up should perform against a weakened Rams bowling line up this week. The bowling remains impressive and Fraser Wyatt claimed four wickets last week to lead the attack. Tyler Thorpe, Westley Wyatt, Fowler and Randall Wyatt are all great competitors. Props to get up in a very close contest.