Plateau fought fire with fire on Sunday. After Cromer recruited a number of Manly-Warringah grade stars into their “Squids” T20 side, the Towers responded by inviting some high profile guests. The resulting Towers side consisted of 6 grade players. Out of the XI, 8 players were current or ex CPCC. It was also great to have some new faces proudly don the Towers jersey.
Towers captain Jake Carden won the toss and chose to bat. Usually known for his rapid bowling, Manly and NSW star Mickey Edwards opened up along with Warringah Shires opener and CPCC junior Abhijeet Virdi. Mickey smashed a 4 and a 6 before being bowled while Abhijeet settled in. There were a couple of minor contributions, which all included a boundary or two before being dismissed. Abhijeet fell for 37 and the Plateau found themselves at 4/71 after 10 overs. Lachie Charles then came to the crease. He started his innings sensibly, scoring a number of singles, before he took a liking to the notoriously short Beverley Job square boundary. He hit six 6’s, taking his score to 52 before getting out. The Towers were bowled out in the final over for 164.
Cromer got off to a fast start, despite losing an early wicket, via Matt Brewster and Richie Goodwin. They raced the score to 50 before a Lachie Kerr double strike got rid of them both in the same over. Deepanshu Dhiman picked up his 2nd wicket the over after that. Sam Hole kept the Cromer innings moving along despite more wickets falling around him. At 6/113 after 13 overs Cromer were still very much in the match. The loss of Sam Hole for 48, caught off Ash Virdi, then proved to be the final blow as Cromer lost their final 4 wickets for just 6 runs. The Towers taking victory by 45 runs. Dhiman and Ash Virdi both took 3/23 whilst Kerr picked up 2/16.
CPCC is now clear top of the MWCA T20 Cup ladder with 3/3 wins. A big thanks to all the Manly players who came along for a game on Sunday!
Back: Arshdeep Virdi, Nathan Logan, Deepanshu Dhiman, Abhijeet Virdi, Harry Brock, Mickey Edwards
Front: Lachie Charles, David Le, Ryan Bishop-Perrett, Jake Carden, Lachie Kerr