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Joliffe sinks South

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

Josh Joliffe raises the bat after reaching his century on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Josh Joliffe raises the bat after reaching his century on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

A blistering century by Central’s Josh Joliffe and an all-round performance by West’s Lachie Harvey led their respective teams to victories last weekend in B Grade cricket. 

On a dry Norm Fox Oval, barely suitable for play, Central batted first and made a strong start against an undermanned South side.

Magpie openers Clint Jones and Jason Maalste added 49 for the first wicket until Jones fell for 27, bringing Joliffe to the crease.

He crashed and bashed the ball to all parts of the ground, opting to go the aerial route rather than hit along the slow, dirt covered surface. Joliffe struck 14 boundaries and two sixes and brought up his hundred in the 29th over having come in during the ninth.

Rory Schaefer (13 not out) added some late runs to push Central to 198 from their allotted 30 overs. The wickets were shared amongst South’s bowlers with Andrew Sucking, Danny Gray, Laurie Peters and Shane Brown each taking one.

South battled hard in their chase but couldn’t find someone to make that big score that Central did.

Suckling made a typically hard-hitting 39 with four fours while Wade Gepp scored 22. Danny Gray (13) and RV Kumar (12) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.

Having been reduced to just nine players by the end of the game, the Roos were eventually bowled out for 128 in the 29th over. Juniors Nick Devoy and Jaxon Cain took two wickets apiece with Devoy conceding just three runs from his four overs.

Across town on the Zinc Oval it was the Lachie Harvey show as he starred with both bat and ball, taking five wickets before backing it up with a half-century.

With West bowling first, Harvey ripped through the Dogs on his way to figures of 5-26 but North were still able to make a competitive eight for 127 from their 30 overs. Anthony Tidball’s unbeaten 42 and Dylan Millsteed’s 25 were the main contributions. 

Chasing 128 for victory, it was again Harvey who led the way for the Robins. He scored an unbeaten 58, coincidentally the same total West’s A Grade side was bowled out for on Saturday, to guide West home by three wickets.

Millsteed was the best of the bowlers for North with 4-37 while Ben Victory also took two wickets.



West 7 for 128 (L. Harvey 58*, H. Grose 17; D. Millsteed 4-38, B. Victory 2-17) def North 8 for 127 (A. Tidball 42*, D. Millsteed 25; L. Harvey 5-26) by three wickets

Central 4 for 198 (J. Joliffe 100*, J. Maalste 35, C. Jones 27) def South 128 (A. Suckling 39, W. Gepp 22; N. Devoy 2-3, J. Cain 2-20) by 70 runs


B Grade Ladder

Warriors 48

Central 33*

South 31

North 30

West 30*

*Game In hand

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