Magpies mangle North
Monday, 9th November, 2015
By By Patrick Reincke
Central had no problem dispatching an undermanned North on the weekend to the tune of 158 runs.
Jon Carrett led the Central batting innings with his 75 to set a very tough target for North.
But things didn’t start well for Central with Cam Wells dismissed by Tom Davey for three in the second over.
Then in came Brett Hannon who joined Carrett for an 85-run partnership that settled things down.
Andrew Prince eventually brought an end to the partnership when he trapped Hannon lbw to bring his wonderful knock of 56 to a close.
Young Jake Trengove then came to the crease in his first game of A-Grade cricket.
He got a couple of good hits in and although he made five, he show that he could well get used to senior cricket. Kieren McEvoy managed to get Trengove swinging on a wide one and Cohen Sweet took the catch.
Carrett stayed steady and was soon three quarters of the way to his first ton in Broken Hill, but Tom Davey had him caught by McEvoy.
Davey followed that up with the wicket of Paull before Jordan Vella threw his hat into the ring.
Vella entered the bowling attack and proceeded to claim the scalps of Scott Shephard (18), Simon Mateer (0) and Paul Gauci (11) en route to a nice three wicket haul for the day.
By the end of the 40 overs, North had a lot ahead of them with 225 the target for victory.
After leading his side in the bowling, Vella also led the batting with his slog 21 the only score in double-digits for North.
The absence of Codie Howard was definitely felt as the Central bowling attack ripped through the North batting order.
Scott Shephard was a top notch performer with fives wicket for only 12 runs coming from his seven overs.
Vella, Sweet, Tidball, McEvoy and Webb all fell to Shephard in what was a great afternoon for the Magpie.
To go with his five-wicket haul, the run out of Tom Davey saw North all out for just 66.
It was a game where Central always looked in control and their game with West this weekend will certainly be a close one.
North look set to be back up to full strength for their match against South but they will need to be wary of a Roos squad that is hungry for a win.