Monday, 3rd February, 2020
By Michael Murphy
Bulldog paceman Tom Davey skittled the Roos during a dusty T20 match at the Alma Oval on Saturday, picking up a five-wicket haul.
The lanky speedster opened the bowling for North and struck early, sending batsman Alex Page on his way after he knicked one fine to the waiting gloves of Tobias Hack.
South’s Cody Shorn came to the crease but soon departed after becoming Davey’s second victim.
Schorn miscued a pull shot and popped one up to Brendon Martin who was loitering at mid-wicket.
Captain Hack then brought Codie Howard into the attack for immediate effect.
Howard trapped McQuillan leg before wicket in his first over, and the Roos were in all sorts of trouble at three down for 11 runs.
Nathan Waterhouse came to the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking over, including a massive six off the bowling of Howard.
Waterhouse struck the ball high and square onto the roof of the Alma Oval grandstand, one bounce and into Bonanza Street.
The shot brought a whiff of optimism into the game for South, but then Hack changed the bowling attack again.
Spinner Vella returned to roll his arm over for a second spell, and he removed Waterhouse with his first ball back, sneaking one through the batsman’s defence.
Paceman Chase Johnston then bent his back and pounded a quick one into the pitch, catching Matt Gray on the hop. Gray popped up the catch to Vella, fielding at short leg.
At the first drinks session, the Roos were 5/29, and to make matters worse, a dust storm then rolled into town.
The players persisted and came back onto the ground, but the South Innings didn’t last long.
Josh Savage claimed his first scalp, and then Davey cleaned up the tail, finishing with 5/11 off four overs.
Hebbard top scored for the Roos with 18 runs off 19 balls. South scored a total of 57 off 16 overs.
It was going to be a tough one to defend.
Vella and Savage opened the batting for the Dogs. Vella went early after Ben Franklyn hit the woodwork with a fine piece of bowling.
But Savage (20) and Howard (16) made it a comfortable victory. The Bulldogs overcame the Roo total in the tenth over, winning by seven wickets.