Clinical South go 6-2
Monday, 24th December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Four wickets from Laurence Hebbard and an unbeaten 40 by Matt Reavill has guided South to a simple six-wicket victory over West in round nine of the Demo Club A Grade competition.
West won the toss and chose to bat at the Jubilee Oval but were under pressure early as young opener Lachlan Kaye was gone without scoring and star batsman Max Everuss (7) handed a return catch to Nathan Waterhouse.
Mackenzie Attard (15) looked solid before poor shot selection saw him bowled by Hebbard. Hebbard had his second quickly after as Clint Pearce was gone for a duck.
Those wickets did nothing to deter Daniel Milne who was let off a number of times on his way to a hard-hitting 37 from 33 balls before he became Hebbard’s third victim.
Nick Schofield and Paul Attard tried to rescue the innings but after adding 15 to the score, Schofield was sent packing for one and Attard followed for 20. Callum Rosewarn (10), Austin Ferguson (8) and Colby Stenhouse (2) couldn’t add much more as West were bowled out for just 109 in the 25th over.
Hebbard (4-28 from eight overs) and Waterhouse (3-35 off eight) were the pick of the bowlers for the Roos while Sheldon Hall also chipped in with a brace of wickets. South’s bowlers had their radars on song as seven of the 10 wickets were out bowled.
Chasing 110 for their sixth win of the season, South made a fast start as Hall chanced his arm and scored a quick-fire 28 from 29 balls. He and Binu Sebastian (5) got their team off to a great start before they both fell in quick succession to leave the score at 2-39.
RV Kumar and Matt Reavill then engaged in what would be a match-winning 53-run partnership until Kumar fell for 14. Matt Lihou (4) came and went but Jason Harvey (3*) and Reavill (40*) ticked off the rest of the runs without issue as South completed a six-wicket win with 17 overs remaining.
Reavill’s innings was almost chanceless, save for a difficult opportunity on the boundary that Everuss couldn’t hang on to, as he hit three fours and one six. He’s now averaging over 50 for the season in A Grade with 158 runs in five innings.
South will take plenty of confidence from this result given the players they had out including Ryan Gillespie, Jack Simpson, Arlen Bird and Paul Nicholas. They’ll return to action against Central on January 4 as they gear up to play finals for the first time in over a decade.
West are last on the A Grade ladder and will fight it out with Central for a place in the semi-final after Christmas. They take on the unbeaten North in the first round after the break.
South 4 for 110 (M. Reavill 40*, S. Hall 28) def West 109 (D. Milne 37, P. Attard 20; L. Hebbard 4-28, N. Waterhouse 3-35) by six wickets