Departing pair steal show
Monday, 22nd December, 2014
By Ethan James
The Central Cricket Club raised their bats to the departing Matt Jardine and Adam Rhodes in the best possible fashion at the weekend, thrashing South by 245 runs.
It was a two player show if there ever was one.
The duo opened the batting for the Magpies and also took the new ball, combining for eight wickets to run through the opposition top order.
After Central elected to bat, Rhodes and Jardine opened the innings with a partnership of 38 before Rhodes was caught off the bowling of Tyson Boland.
Jardine fell shortly after for 16, leaving the score at 2/55.
The Roos continued to persevere with the ball, with Jarred Paull and Keenan Hywood falling victim to spinner James Massaro.
Both tried to bite off a little more than they could chew against the off-spinner, skying catches to Cody Schorn in the outfield.
With the scorecard reading 5/122, South would have been pleased with the efforts.
That was until Justin Heath joined Jon Carrett in the middle.
Heath managed to steal some limelight from the Jardine and Rhodes show with a big-hitting hundred.
He shared a 92-run partnership with the in-form Carrett (70) for the sixth wicket.
Heath’s knock of 103 not out came in just 20 overs and featured seven fours and three sixes.
The Magpies smashed 154 runs in the final 20 overs, with 54 of those coming in the last five.
Needing to score at more than a run-a-ball to win, South’s openers were quickly dismissed with Jardine removing Massaro and Jason Passlow in his second over.
Early on, wickets kept pace with runs, as South went from 3/3 to 4/4 and then 5/7.
Rhodes chipped in with three scalps of his own while Jardine finished with 5/17.
Only Cody Schorn made double figures for the Roos with his team all out for 29 in the 22nd over.