Brenton brews bowling bonanza
Wednesday, 19th October, 2011
The 2011-2012 cricket season has sprung to life with the opening round highlighted by two standout individual performances.
West’s Brenton Malthouse took six wickets in his team’s win over Central at the Alma Oval, while South’s Liam Connolly scored a polished 53 out of his team’s 80-run total as they surrendered to North at Jubilee Oval.
Malthouse’s work with the ball was both damaging and economical, with his six wickets coming at a cost of just 20 runs from his nine overs.
The medium-fast bowler claimed opening batsman Matt Jardine before tearing through the Magpies’ middle order in his second and third spells.
His final three overs produced five wickets and a maiden, leaving with him with an average of just 3.33 for the day.
“They were my best figures ever; even since I was a kid,” said Malthouse.
“I think there were just a few unlucky batsmen, and I was bowling unusually straight on the day.
“I also played a season of baseball in Mildura and I think that may have helped me - I have been known to chuck a few in my time.”
Malthouse also added 14 with the bat and took two catches, helping his side to a final score of 174. Central’s batsmen were only able to put 134 runs on the board before being bowled out in the 40th over.
Across the city at Jubilee Oval, South’s Liam Connolly put on a fine display of batting as last season’s wooden spooners looked to set a competitive score for the Bulldogs to chase.
Connolly’s innings featured some lusty hitting, with the right hander finding the boundary 10 times on his way to 53.
Unfortunately he played a lone hand in the South batting line up, with the Roos posting a meagre total of 80.
South appeared to be in a commanding position early and when Jeremy Ng came to the crease in the 15th over the Roos were 2 for 68 from just 15 overs.
Ng finished unbeaten on seven runs but was forced to watch on as his partners fell around him. South lost eight wickets in the next five overs while adding just 12 runs.
The Bulldogs reached South’s total in just 19 overs, with Scott Rogers scoring 23 and Ben Victory adding 27.