1sts won the toss and elected to bowl at Cromer Park. Runs and wickets came steadily through the innings. Cromer were led by their number 3 who scored an impressive hundred whilst the wickets were taken by Jeff Porter-Denning (3/35), Ben Eady (3/64) and Ethan Elliott (2/31). Cromer were bowled out for 197 off 49.3 overs. Plateau openers Carden and Fitzpatrick faced out a tough 18 overs to finish the day at 0/41. On day 2 it seemed as though CPCC were cruising through and setting a good platform for victory at 2/111. We were then dealt a hammer blow when Rob Minnett (23) and Tom Carden (51) fell on successive deliveries. Momentum was then lost and the pressure of the amount of overs remaining crept in. 1sts were eventually bowled out 27 shy of the Cromer total with just a few overs left in the innings.
3rds had a solid victory over Wakehurst at Lionel Watts. After electing to bowl first, CPCC bowled Wakehurst out for 106 off 50 overs. Dave Bennetts with a rare 3rds appearance took 3/24 off 9 and Adam Sheppard also added to his season tally with 2/12 off 9. Those same two players led the chase, with Bennetts scoring 52 at opener and Sheppard hitting 27 at number 4. A few wickets fell before the total was passed 6 down thanks to some boundary hitting from Lachie Allomes (20). 3rds batted on with one eye on outright but didn’t manage enough extra runs, being bowled out for 146 and deciding to conclude the game.
4th Grade – Plateau Gold vs Plateau Blue
The Plateau derby at Plateau Park was dominated by the original 4th graders (Blue). Winning the toss and batting first, Gold were bowled out for just 102 (Andrew Cameron 37, Raj Ganeshraj 4/23 off 8). Blue then piled on the runs. The scoring was shared around – Humberstone 62, Moore 47, Conde 53, R Steel 50, D Steel 34. For Gold, Luke Harvey took 3/66. Blue declared at 7/284 and looked towards an outright. Gold were then able to bravely face out 48 overs to prevent that from occurring (Norris Waters 35), finishing on 5/81.
5ths were sent in by Cromer at Nolans 3. Col Huxley top scored with 45 opening the batting. Other contributions came from the Henleys (Robbie 21 and Brent 27) and Braeden Thomson (17). The strong Cromer side then chased down the total of 131 in 33 overs, losing 3 wickets.