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Roos settle in second

Monday, 3rd December, 2018

Arlen Bird flicks the ball off his hip on Saturday. Bird top scored with 39 as South defeated West by 12 runs. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Arlen Bird flicks the ball off his hip on Saturday. Bird top scored with 39 as South defeated West by 12 runs. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

South are sitting comfortably in second spot on the Demo Club A Grade ladder following a 12-run win over West in Saturday’s T20 clash at the Jubilee Oval.

The win, South’s fifth of the season from seven games, was built around the returning Arlen Bird’s 39 with the bat and a superb death bowling performance by Nathan Waterhouse and Sheldon Hall.

Batting first, South lost their first wicket with the score on 13 as Hall (9) departed after striking two boundaries. Mani Singh (13) combined with Jack Simpson (15) to move the score to 42 before both batsmen were back in the dugout. 

The in-form Matt Reavill again looked in good touch until he laced a drive straight to Bobby Harvey at cover and was gone for 11.

Ryan Gillespie was run out for just four while Laurence Hebbard was victim of a Jube wicket that was up and down all afternoon as one shot through at ankle height to bowl him for just three before Paul Nicholas came and went without scoring.

Through all of this was Arlen Bird, playing his first A Grade game in a number of seasons, who kept the score ticking over with hard running and the occasional boundary. He combined with Nathan Waterhouse (6) in a 16-run partnership and then added 19 with Alex Page (1 not out).

Bird was eventually bowled by Paul Attard for a fantastic 39 from 29 balls that included two sixes and two fours. He looked to have lost none of the touch and skill that made him a talented junior cricketer and South will be hoping to have him involved in more games before the season is out.

The Roos were unable to bat out their 20 overs and were dismissed for a slightly below-par 113 after 17.2 overs. Casey Ferguson, Paddric Attard and Paul Attard each claimed two wickets apiece.

Hebbard was first to strike for South as he removed the dangerous Paul Attard caught and bowled for eight but Lachlan Kaye and Clint Pearce were able to add 31 for the second wicket until Page removed Kaye caught and bowled for 26.

Pearce followed shortly after for 10 before Nick Schofield (5) was the third batsmen to be dismissed caught and bowled as Hall held onto a very sharp chance. 

Paddric Attard then became the fifth wicket to fall, off the bowling of Waterhouse, leaving the game delicately poised with West requiring 40 runs from the last five overs but with skipper Mackenzie Attard still at the crease.

Hall then produced a fantastic 16th over, conceding just two runs plus a bye, and followed that up with a match-winning 18th over in which he claimed the vital wicket of Attard for 25 as well as heavy hitter Austin Ferguson (1) whilst giving up just four runs.

Hebbard continued on the fine work of Hall and Waterhouse as he picked up Jordan Meehan (6) and gave up only four runs to leave 21 required from the last over. Hall made no mistake in the last over as he finished with 3-21 from four overs and South claimed a hard-fought 13-run win.

Hebbard (2-16 from four) was great upfront with the big wicket of Paul Attard while Hall’s death bowling was top-notch. Waterhouse, Page and skipper Ben Franklyn all chipped in with a wicket each. 

After the Test Match break, South will face North in a T20 at the Jubilee Oval under lights on Friday, December 14 starting at 7pm. The Roos sit second on the ladder and are yet to defeat North but the last time these sides played under lights it was South who came out victors. That was round 10 last season and was also North’s most recent loss.

West will take on Central the following day and both sides will be looking for just their second win in 2018/19.

 

South 113 (A. Bird 39, J. Simpson 15; C. Ferguson 2-14, P. Attard 2-15, PA. Attard 2-19) def West 8 for 101 (L. Kaye 26, M. Attard 25; S. Hall 3-21, L. Hebbard 2-16) by 12 runs

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