Pirates show spirit in a close battle

DEFENDER: Port Germein Sharks batsman Daniel Pine defends his wicket in the match against Solly North at Pirie West Oval on Saturday.
DEFENDER: Port Germein Sharks batsman Daniel Pine defends his wicket in the match against Solly North at Pirie West Oval on Saturday.

A-Grade

South Port v Wandearah - Port

The Pirates made the Rams earn their 16-run victory at Port Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams recovered from 6/37 to be bowled out for 126 in the 38th over.

Todd Baker top-scored, making 62, and Matt O'Shaughnessy chipped in late, making 17. Fraser Wyatt showed great form taking 3/16 from nine overs.

Jake Walsh and Michael Ashman both bowled well, claiming two wickets each. The Pirates were bowled out with just over three overs to spare for 110.

O'Reilly Gray looked very good, making 39 not out after coming in at number three. Andrew Congdon was the pick of the Rams bowlers taking 3/16.

Scott Gray again proved a partnership breaker taking 4/26 thanks in some way to two magnificent stumps from keeper Matt O'Shaughnessy.

The Pirates showed plenty of spirit and if they play like they did on the weekend all year will win some games and should push for a finals spot.

The Rams haven't hit their straps yet and need to find top order runs.

Port Germein v Solomontown-North - Pirie West

The Sharks suffered a four wicket defeat at the hands of the Cats on Saturday morning. The Sharks were bowled out for 41 with Dwyane Freeman top scoring with nine.

Scott McIntyre is in brilliant bowling form claiming 4/6 from nine overs including five maidens. Westley Wyatt and Ben Brown both claimed two wickets each.

The Cats lost a couple of early wickets to be 3/9 at one stage in reply. They then lost two late wickets but never really looked like losing before making the required runs in the sixteenth over. Ash Johnson top scored making 19.

Riley Twigden 2/8 and Kieran Blackwell 2/12 were the best with the ball for the Sharks. The Sharks will be disappointed with that effort but will bounce back once they find their feet a bit more.

The Cats will enjoy the week off - sitting pretty at the top of the ladder, 3-0.

B-Grade

Risdon v South Port - Port

The Tigers lost their second match on the trot losing to the Pirates by 14 runs on the weekend.

Tom Eberhard top scored for the Pirates making 41 out of the sides 9/109. Andrew Haren was the pick of the Tigers bowling taking 3/11.

The Tigers late order collapsed, chasing before being bowled out for 95. New recruit Mitch Young top scored making 27.

Tyson Fetherstonhaugh claimed 5/23 for the Pirates while evergreen veteran Ian Eberhard claimed 3/28.

Solomontown-North v Port Germein - Complex 1

The Cats lost their third B-grade game in a row losing to the Sharks by five wickets.

The Cats posted a good score of 153. Jack Cousins (42) and Jarryd Anderson (30) were the best with the bat. Gary Spence claimed 3/16 for the Sharks.

The Sharks made the required runs with just over three overs to spare. Jordan Gray (53) and Mick Phillipps (29) were the mainstays of the Sharks innings. Jarryd Anderson claimed 2/37 for the Cats.

Wandearah v Proprietary - Complex 2

The Rams remain undefeated in the B-grade after a comfortable nine wicket victory over the Panthers.

The Panthers did well to post 69 after being 8/16 at one stage. Sean Grieg (18) and Cam Pine (17) made the runs late.

Rob Jeffries was again great with the ball, taking 3/6 from eight overs including five maidens. Nelson Ferme made the most of being dropped taking 3/11.

The Rams chased down the required score in the 21st over. Kynan Crouch (29) and Darcy Puddy (23) both remained not out. Rafaqat Ali claimed 1/25 for the Panthers.

ATTACK: Solly North's Ben Brown is about to send down a ball in Saturday's match against Port Germein Sharks at Pirie West Oval.

ATTACK: Solly North's Ben Brown is about to send down a ball in Saturday's match against Port Germein Sharks at Pirie West Oval.

Round 4 Preview

A Grade

Proprietary v Wandearah - Memorial

The Panthers and Rams clash at the first match at Memorial this season.

The Rams were pushed last week by the Pirates. The Rams top order is a concern at the moment Matt Thornton, Jack Dickeson, Scott Gray and Andrew Congdon will need to make runs. The bowling line up of Thornton, Todd Baker, Scott Gray and the Congdon brothers Marc and Andrew have plenty of experience.

Stevie Athanasos will be missing again this week.

The Panthers had a horror last up loss to the Cats and will be looking for more from their entire side. Reece Fowler, Tate Bradley, Tyler Thorpe, Chris Murolo and Peter Bessen have played plenty of senior cricket and will need to perform throughout the season. Josh Cunningham, Jack Tiller and Austin Waters are exciting juniors that will improve as the season continues.

I think the Rams in a game that should be tightly contested.

Port Germein v South Port - Port

Both the Sharks and Pirates will be searching for their first A grade win when they meet at Port oval.

The Sharks will want to atone for last week's effort against the Cats. Zak Hutchison, Kieran Blackwell, Lachie Pole, Damien Wauchope and Luke Anesbury will form the backbone of the side throughout the year.

Jordan Gray performed well in the B grade last week wand will hopefully be available for A grade selection.

The Pirates let one slip last week when they had the Rams under real pressure. The bowling attack of Fraser Wyatt, Jake Walsh, Shahzad David and Michael Ashman is impressive but need a fifth bowler to help apply the pressure.

The batting with Vittorio Ciampi, Mitch Alchin, O'Reilly Gray and James Congdon is solid.

The Sharks to win but don't be surprised if the Pirates make the Sharks walk the plank.

B Grade

Warnertown v Port Germein - Port

The Wombats and Sharks are both 1-1 after having bye sin the first couple of rounds. The Wombats key players are Dylan Brooks, Matt Taylor and Trent Davidson.

The Sharks will take some time to adapt with several key players stepping up to A grade. There is still Mick Phillipps, Jeff Twigden and Cody Bray in the line-up for the Sharks. I think the Wombats.

Wandearah v South Port - Complex 1

The top two side sin the B grade play at Complex 1 this Saturday morning. The Rams have had good performers in Dwain Sedunary, Rob Jeffries, Kynan Crouch and Darcy Puddy so far this season.

For the Pirates Rohan Benson and Tyson Fetherstonhaugh and performed well. The Rams in what should be a good contest.

Risdon v Solomontown-North - Pirie West

The Tigers and Cats will be searching for their first win in the B grade when they meet at Pirie West on Saturday morning. There is no doubt the Tigers have talent but they haven't performed as yet with the likes of Leigh Hajisavva, Mitch Young and Andrew Haren in the team.

The Cats have had a few different faces in their first three sides. Jack Cousins performed well last week as did Jarryd Anderson. The Tigers to break their duck.