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Magpies rout Roos for 15

Monday, 18th November, 2013

Lachie Harvey flies but fails to land the catch late in the West innings. Lachie Harvey flies but fails to land the catch late in the West innings.

By Ethan James

When your highest scorer for the match is ‘extras’, you know your side is in a bit of trouble.

Unfortunately, that was the case for South on Saturday when they were skittled by Central for an unbelievably low score of 15 runs. 

In a scorecard that more accurately resembled computer binary code, the highest knock came from Sheldon Hall with four runs while six batsmen failed to trouble the scorers at all.

The sundries, consisting of four byes and one wide, topped the charts on five.

“I can’t remember any match that has been that quick,” Central batsmen Justin Heath said.

In fact, members of the Magpies team even had time to kick back and dust off a few cold beverages watching West play North at Alma Oval.

Central captain Jarred Paull claimed a five-wicket haul for just two runs and said the conditions played a part in the rout.

“The pitch had a bit to do with it, I think... it definitely wasn’t a batting track,” he said.

“It was pretty green and anything short of a length just shot up, making it very hard to play. There was a lot of uneven bounce.

O’Malley and Paul Rosenbaum shared the other wickets, both claiming two scalps each. 

After winning the toss and making the regrettable decision to bat first, the South side lasted a total of 15 overs. 

Seven of the overs were maidens and a total of just nine scoring shots were played throughout the whole innings. 

The writing was on the wall early for South, as O’Malley dismissed both openers for ducks.

In a statistical twist, the pair actually posted the highest partnership despite not scoring a run off the bat - the five extras were conceded during their time at the crease. 

South then limped to 2/9 before the introduction of Paull to the attack saw the middle and lower order fall away.

Needing 16 to win, Central lost two batsmen in the run chase but the result was inevitable.

Opening bat Carroll, who top scored for the day with a knock of 9 not out that featured two boundaries, guided the side home in the sixth over.

The win puts the Magpies 13 points clear at the top of the table.

Points Table (after six rounds): Central 36, West 23, North 12, South 1

 South Innings

D. Baxter  0
M. Vandenheuval 0
S. Hall 4
J. Dawes 2
C. Shorn 1
J. Wyman 1
L. Hebbard 0
J. Harvey 0
N. Sheph 0
A. Page 0
R. Hall 2*
Extras 5
Total 15

Central Bowling

J. Heath  0/2 (5)
D. O’Malley 2/3 (4)
J. Paull 5/2 (3)
P. Rosenbaum 2/4 (3)  

Central Innings

K. Hywood 1
H. Carroll 9*
J. Hale 4
R. Steele 1*
Extras 1
Total 2/16

South Bowling

S. Hall 0/9 (2)
L. Hebbard 1/4 (2)
C. Shorn 0/0 (1)
M. Vandendeuval 1/2 (0.4)

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