Southies on a roll
Tuesday, 30th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
South made it two wins from two matches as they defeated Central on Sunday by 27 runs in round two of the Demo Club A Grade season.
Batting first, the Roos made a great start with openers Sheldon Hall and Matt Reavill putting on 37 for the first wicket before Hall was caught for a run-a-ball 17.
Ryan Gillespie, who top scored with 47 last weekend for South, was in at first-drop but it was Reavill who dominated their 21-run stand before Gillespie spooned one to cover for just two off four balls.
Mani Singh and Reavill moved the total to 2-93 and a big total looked on the cards again for the Roos as Reavill brought up the first half-century of the A Grade season. He would eventually fall for a well-made 57 from 47 balls that included six fours and one six.
Reavill’s dismissal, off the bowling of Ross Casey, then started a brutal collapse from South as Casey added Jack Simpson and Nathan Gageler off the next two deliveries to nab himself a hat-trick.
Singh (10) then fell to skipper David O’Mally while his opposing captain Ben Franklyn became Casey’s fourth victim Central came roaring back into the game. Nathan Waterhouse (2) came and went and from 2-93, South were now struggling at 8-96 including a run of five wickets for no score.
Thankfully for South, the experienced Laurence Hebbard steadied the ship before clearing the rope on his way to 13 not out. He combined with debutant Binu Sebastian to add a crucial 30-run partnership before Sebastian was out for 18 off 12 balls.
South would finish on 9-127 from their allotted 20 overs, a competitive score no doubt but well below where they should have been at 2-93 in the 14th over.
Casey and O’Mally were Central’s best with the ball as each took four wickets while Michael Maalste chipped in with one late.
Central’s openers, Jon Carrett and Tristen Smith, made a steady start to their chase. They kept par with the run-rate before Smith was gone for 20 off the bowling of Hebbard.
Riley Elvery (4) was next to go and Carrett (22), Jarred Paull (11) and Michael Maalste (7) followed as the Magpies continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Adam Rhodes was able to stick around but couldn’t find the boundaries as he usually does thanks to some tight bowling by South.
Rhodes was eventually bowled for 18 and that spelled the end for Central as they would end their 20 overs on seven for 100, 27 runs adrift of the target.
Sheldon Hall picked up a pair of late wickets, including the important one of Rhodes, while Ryan Gillespie showed his all-round ability with 2-17 off four overs. Hebbard, Franklyn and Harvey were the other wicket takers.
The win was South’s first over Central in many seasons as the Pies have long been the benchmark side of the A Grade competition. It leaves the Roos in equal top-spot with North who’ll they face next week in the first of the 40-over games.
Central are now winless from their opening two matches and will look to kick-start their season next Saturday against West who are also without a victory.
South 9 for 127 (Reavill 57, Sebastian 18, Hall 17; O’Mally 4-15, Casey 4-16) def
Central 7 for 100 (Carrett 22, Smith 20; Hall 2-8, Gillespie 2-17) by 27 runs