All-round Howard powers North
Monday, 3rd December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Another stellar performance with both bat and ball from Codie Howard has led North to their seventh straight win of the season, defeating Central by 43 runs on Saturday.
Winning the toss and batting yet again, North had a new-look opening combination with Tobias Hack promoting himself up from number six to join Bill Bergman and it paid off with North racing to 36 without loss in fewer than five overs.
Hack struggled for timing and was eventually bowled by Jon Carrett for nine with Jarred Paull picking up the wicket of Dan ter Braak (0) the following over.
Bergman was next to go for a hard-hitting 23 and North had lost 3-9 in the space of a few overs.
Howard and Josh Savage then set about rebuilding the innings as Howard continued his sublime run of form. This was typified by a brutal slog-sweep for six off the bowling of Paull that deposited the ball into the old brewery.
He and Savage added 36 runs before Savage skied a ball to Jon Carrett and was out for four. Brendon Martin (2) and Jordan Vella (7) played supporting roles to Howard before Howard was gone four runs short of what would have been a third half-century in a row.
There wasn’t much more after that as Central minimised the damage and North finished on 9-121 after their 20 overs, a more-than competitive score on a Jube wicket that was getting harder and harder to bat on.
Paull was the pick of Central’s bowlers with 3-10 from three overs and skipper David O’Mally wasn’t far behind with 2-11 off four. Carrett picked up two wickets but was quite expensive with 30 runs from his four overs.
Central too had new openers as round six centurion Jarred Paull and Tristen Smith started things off for the Magpies.
They made a rapid start with 14 coming off Tom Davey’s opening over but again it was Howard who made the difference as he claimed the vital wicket of Paull (1) with the first ball of his spell.
Howard had a second thanks to a superb outfield catch by Hack to dismiss Smith for 11 and the wickets continued to fall as Riley Elvery (3), Carrett (8), Michael Maalste (3), Adam Rhodes (2) and O’Mally (0) offered little resistance.
At 7-46 Central needed a miracle to win this one and despite a 25-run partnership from Damon Pettitt (23) and Ross Casey (14) that took advantage of some dropped catches and sloppy fielding from North, the Magpies were never in the hunt.
Howard (3-12 off four overs) and Vella (3-12 off four) were the stars with the ball while ter Braak picked up two wickets late as Central finished on 9-78 to lose by 43 runs.
Both sides can rest and reset as the competition breaks next weekend before another round of T20 games on the 14th and 15th of December. North take on South under lights on Friday the 14th while Central battles West the next day.
North 9 for 121 (C. Howard 46, B. Bergman 23; J. Paull 3-10, D. O’Mally 2-11) def Central 9 for 78 (D. Pettitt 23; C. Howard 3-12, J. Vella 3-12) by 43 runs