Roos hop to early win
Monday, 22nd October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
South made the perfect start to the 2018/19 A Grade cricket season on Saturday by comfortably defeating West by 42 runs at the Jubilee Oval.
South batted first in the second T20 match of the day and opener Sheldon Hall looked to have set the theme early with a beautifully struck straight drive for four off the very first ball. Unfortunately, just two balls later, Hall was sent back to the sheds off the bowling of Nick Schofield.
New recruit Ryan Gillespie then joined Tyson Boland at the crease and the runs started to flow with the pair adding 38 runs in quick time before Boland was bowled by Lachie Harvey.
The experienced Paul Nicholas came in at four and along with Gillespie, pushed South’s total towards three figures as they took advantage of a shallow West bowling unit.
Nicholas smashed two fours and two sixes on his way to 32 from 24 balls before he was caught by Austin Ferguson to give Rowan Lawn a wicket.
Laurence Hebbard (3) was unable to get going but his dismissal brought the always entertaining Nathan Gageler to the crease.
Gillespie and Gageler shared a 40-run stand before Gillespie was finally dismissed for a terrific 47 from 44 balls.
Gageler continued to dance down the wicket and swing hard in his usual swashbuckling style to push South past the 150 mark. He’d eventually finish unbeaten on 36 from just 18 balls with South posting a formidable five for 154 off their 20 overs.
Harvey (2-16 off three overs) and Schofield (2-31 off four) were the pick of West’s bowlers but all struggled to contain the runs as Gillespie, Nicholas and Gageler smashed the ball to all parts of the Jube.
Youngsters Tom Burke and Lachlan Kaye opened up the innings for the Robins as they attempted to haul in the large total and after negotiating a testing period early from Hebbard and Nathan Waterhouse, the batsmen settled into their work nicely.
In what slow going and the run rate required ballooned out but it was evident that West were hoping to use this innings to get some very valuable time in the middle which Burke and Kaye did.
Burke was eventually dismissed for a patient 21 from 37 balls having put on a 56-run partnership for the first wicket.
West skipper Max Everuss was next in with his side needing 99 runs off the last seven overs. Everuss chanced his arm and swung hard which also seemed to free up Kaye who lifted his scoring rate. The pair added 44 runs but were well below the asking rate.
Kaye unluckily fell four runs short of what would have been a well-deserved half-century when he became Hebbard’s first scalp.
Hebbard would add Everuss (24) shortly after and Harvey (0) from the final ball of the innings as the Roos completed a simple 42-run win.
Hebbard was the best of South’s bowlers, finishing with 3-12 from four overs.
Considering South’s A Grade team only posted one win last season, to take the points in round one will be a huge boost their confidence going forward. The performance of new recruits Gillespie and Waterhouse plus the contributions from senior players Hebbard, Nicholas and Gageler will bode well as South look to return to finals.
Despite the loss, West will take a lot from Saturday’s game with the performance of their younger players a real highlight. Schofield with the ball plus Burke and Kaye with the bat showed plenty and should be persevered with even if more senior players make themselves available.
West’s task gets no easier next week as they take on defending premiers North while South will be gunning for two wins in a row when they face Central in round two. Both games are T20’s and will be played on Sunday due to the Silver City Cup races next Saturday.
South 5 for 154 (Gillespie 47, Gageler 36*, Nicholas 32; L. Harvey 2-16, Schofield 2-31) def
West 4 for 112 (Kaye 46, Everuss 24, Burke 21; Hebbard 3-12) by 42 runs