1st Grade’s tough run continued with a heavy defeat at the hands of reigning premiers Harbord Bowling. The CPCC bowlers were unable to contain some fast scoring by HBCC despite yet another tight spell from Jeff Porter-Denning (1/19 off 7) and 4 wickets to President and stand-in skipper (Rob Minnett was absent due to a trip up the coast to see Elton John belt out “Rocket Maaann!”) Col Huxley (4/47). Matt White also chipped in with 2/16 off his 3 overs before suffering a potentially season ending injury. Paps grabbed a wicket as well. Harbord finished their 35 overs at 9/221.
The Plateau chase was never really in it. Paps top scored with 35 and 2nd Grade star Kavin Moorthi got a respectable 27 in his 1st Grade debut. We were bowled out for 136.
1st Grade sit 6th on the ladder – but equal 4th on points. A return to form and a couple of victories could see them return to the all important top 4.
2nd Grade’s undefeated start to the season unfortunately came to an end. This was also Harbord’s first victory of the season. A disappointing day for the team, where fielding was clearly the difference.
Fielding first, 2nds were foiled by HBCC batsman Tom Richards after they missed at least 3 chances to send him packing through dropped catches. Ryan Dunn took 4/24 off 7 and Matt Richards 3/34 off 5. Harbord finished on 181.
Scoreboard pressure and good fielding took its toll on the Plateau chase. Harbord didn’t drop a catch and took a few really good ones. Ryan Dunn stood solid while others fell around him. 2nds only managed 128 with Dunny scoring 56 of them.
Somehow, 2nds lose their top spot and now sit in 2nd (the joys of cricket’s point scoring system).
Despite missing a few players, 3rd’s had their first victory of the season up at Plateau Park.
Bowling first, 3rds restricted Harbord to 7/137 off their 35 overs (Rohanek 3/9 off 6, Graeme Faulkner 2/39 off 7). The Plateau then cruised to the total with an over to spare. Blake Conde continued his excellent season with 67 off 80 balls with support from Dan Priest who scored 37.
3rds are 6th and need to make up 7 points to get into the top 4.
4th’s were back to their winning ways after last weeks humiliating defeat. They rolled Mona Vale for 69 (Koch 4/10 off 7, Allomes 3/7 off 4.1) and then cruised to a bonus point win.
They sit in 3rd spot on the ladder at the moment.
A brilliant unbeaten 83 from club legend John Jackson made the competitive Cromer total of 140 look easy at St Matthews Farm. It was a great victory from the side, considering Cromer are currently top of the table. The Development side sits 2nd in the One Day B Grade.
We had a good turn out for the post match at Plateau Park on Saturday evening. All are welcome to turn up as games finish. Drinks available from the shed.