Players pay tribute
Monday, 1st December, 2014
By Ethan James
It was a weekend where results took a backwards step, with Broken Hill cricketers joining the global tribute to Phillip Hughes.
Barrier District Cricket League players held a minutes silence before junior and senior matches on Saturday to honour the young cricketer’s passing.
There was one act in particular that captured the mood of the day.
Central batsman Jarred Paull was in top form with the willow, passing the half century mark at the Jubilee Oval.
A few runs later he decided to retire on 63 not out - the same score made by Hughes when he was felled by the bouncer.
When asked for a photo to accompany a story in the BDT, Paull respectfully declined.
“I’ll have to say no mate if that’s alright... the day’s not really about me,” he said.
It was those words that perhaps summed up the sentiment of cricket players old and young alike.
But while the sporting world paused, play had to go on.
On the back of Paull’s half century with the bat, Central were comfortable in a 124-run victory over South.
However, they didn’t have it all their own way early on.
South seamers Tyson Boland and Blake Pittaway made early inroads to the Central top order.
They took the scalps of Cam Wells, Jon Carrett, Matt Jardine and James Hale, to leave the Magpies at 4/38 after nine overs.
But Paull at the crease and the in-form Brent Hannon and Scott Shephard batting down the order, Central still have plenty of run scoring options.
Paull hit a total of nine boundaries before retiring to the stands on 63.
Hannon worked the ball around in his knock of 37 before skying a caught and bowled catch off the medium pace of Ben Franklyn, leaving the score poised at 6/162.
Shephard fell ten runs later when he dismissed by the darty spin of young Evan Ferguson.
South closed the innings out when David O’Mally was bowled by James Massaro.
The chase of 190 was perhaps less than South anticipated but remained a daunting figure.
South’s innings never gained momentum, with openers Franklyn and Sheldon Hall dismissed within
Wickets fell regularly for the Roos, with no middle order players hitting double digits.
Paull and Shephard shared six wickets between them, while Paul Rosenbaum opened the bowling and took
South’s running between the wickets did them no favours, with Pittaway and Alex Page both caught short of the crease.
The win sees the Magpies leapfrog West into top spot on the ladder.
A Points Table (after seven round): Central 36, West 32, North 20, South 8.
C. Wells 8
J. Carrett 4
M. Jardine 4
J. Paull 63 (ret.)
J. Hale 4
J. Bressanelli 5
B. Hannon 37
S. Shephard 20
P. Gauci 11
P. Rosenbaum 8*
D. O’Mally 5
T. Boland 2/25 (9)
B. Pittaway 2/28 (4)
S. Chestnut 1/14 (6)
N. Sheth 0/2 (1)
P. Ali 0/28 (4)
J. Massaro 1/25 (6.1)
S. Hall 0/13 (4)
A. Page 0/26 (4)
C. Schorn 0/3 (1)
E. Ferguson 2/15 (3)
B. Franklyn 1/10 (2)
S. Hall 16
B. Franklyn 3
B. Pittaway 0
N. Sheth 0
J. Massaro 7
E. Ferguson 0
T. Boland 3
C. Schorn 7
P. Ali 23
A. Page 2
S. Chestnut 1*
All Out 66
P. Rosenbaum 1/16 (6)
D. O’Mally 0/6 (5)
S. Shephard 3/25 (6)
J. Paull 3/4 (2)
B. Hannon 0/12 (6)
M. Jardine 1/2 (0.4)