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Bowlers do it again for South

Monday, 11th February, 2019

South’s Arlen Bird cuts on his way to a team-high 30 off 27 balls on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan South’s Arlen Bird cuts on his way to a team-high 30 off 27 balls on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Another superb effort with the ball has guided South to their eighth win of the season as they defeated Central by 65 runs at the Alma Oval on Saturday.

After restricting West to just 58 in round 12, South’s bowlers strangled Central with tight lines that eventually led to wickets. 

The Magpies, needing 131 for victory, crawled to 0-15 from nine overs with Nathan Waterhouse and Laurence Hebbard bowling incredibly miserly opening spells. 

That scoreboard pressure and inability to score off South’s opening bowlers eventually led to first change Sheldon Hall picking up Brenton Malthouse for six off 23 balls with Damon Pettitt (3 off 29) departing soon afterwards.

Central curiously opted to promote tail-end batsman Ross Casey to number three a week after Adam Rhodes played a match-winning knock at first drop against North. The experiment failed with Casey becoming Hall’s second victim for eight.

The procession of wickets followed with Tristen Smith (6), Rhodes (1) and Michael Maalste (0) all unable to get going.

Jarred Paull remained Central’s only hope but at 6-34 it would have taken a miracle even for a player of Paull’s quality. He did combine with Clint Jones for a 19-run partnership but when Tyson Boland dismissed Paull for 11, the game was all but over.

Eventually Central were bowled out for just 65, a far cry from last round when they chased North’s 161 in fewer than 30 overs. Only Paull made it to double figures and extras was the top score with 14.

South skipper Ben Franklyn (3-14 off eight overs) and Hall (3-23 off eight) were the pick of the bowlers but it was a team effort as Waterhouse, Hebbard, Matt Reavill and Boland each picked up a wicket and kept the runs to a minimum.

Earlier in the day, South seemed to have left themselves short on an improving Alma pitch as they amassed 130 but failed to use 10 of their allotted overs.

Hall looked in good touch at the top of the order before a mix up saw him run out for 27 while the in-form Reavill couldn’t get going and was dismissed for just one.

Arlen Bird (30) and Boland (17) looked in good touch with a 41-run stand which included taking 22 runs off Scott Mateer’s first over. Mateer would have the last laugh, however, dismissing both batsmen in his second over.

Paul Nicholas (14) and Nathan Gageler (10) made starts but couldn’t kick on and South were bowled out for 130 in the 30th over. Given their platform they really should have pushed well past 150 and closer to 200 but it mattered little after another strong performance with the ball.

For Central, Luke Neal was fantastic with 4-20 from his eight overs while Maalste and Mateer chipped in with two wickets apiece.

South are now 8-3 from 11 completed games this season and will take on ladder leaders North next weekend at the Alma while Central can wrap up a finals berth with a win over West at the Jubilee Oval.



South: 130 (A. Bird 30, S. Hall 27; L. Neal 4-20) def Central65 (B. Franklyn 3-14, S. Hall 3-23) by 65 runs

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