Bowlers’ day out
Monday, 26th February, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
It was a bowler’s day at the Alma Oval on Saturday as 15 wickets fell for just 91 runs between North and West with the Bulldogs coming away with a five-wicket victory.
West won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a batting-friendly wicket but found it anything but as they lost wickets in regular intervals.
Openers Lachlan Kaye (1) and Clint Pearce (0) were back in the change rooms with the score on just 10. Max Everuss and Kyle Jelbert then combined for an innings-best partnership - of 12 - before Everuss was gone for 11, which turned out to be the top score.
The dismissals of Jelbert (5) and Tom Burke (3) left the Robins at 5-33 before Codie Howard had his first with Liam King (1) having to depart thanks to a great one-handed catch by Josh Savage.
Howard continued to tear through the West lower order with Christos (10) the next to go followed by Ben McInerney for a duck. Jordan Vella then claimed Nathan Waterhouse’s wicket from his sole over before Howard was back on to clean up the innings, bowling Colby Stenhouse for one.
The stumps at the Alma Oval may need replacing after eight West batsmen were bowled as the side was dismissed for just 45 - the lowest A Grade total this season.
Howard finished with the astonishing figures of 4-4 from just 2.3 overs while Luke Larkins and Josh Savage picked up two wickets each. Despite the low total, North bowled only one maiden in the innings and that was by Savage.
Despite only needing 46 to win, North’s chase got off to a very poor start with Matt Letcher (0) becoming the ninth batsmen of the match to have his stumps castled.
Tobias Hack and Codie Howard (4) were able to add 18 to the score before Howard chipped a simple catch to Waterhouse at short cover. Vella (2) became the third wicket to fall while Larkins (4) and Ryan Harris (3) also fell before North passed the small target in the 17th over.
On a pitch where no batsmen was able to get going, Hack showed his class by finishing on 30 not out having scored almost a third of the match’s total runs.
Peter Christos and Phil Summers both bowled well as they each claimed two wickets while Waterhouse took one.
These teams meet again next weekend in the semi-final and just how much this result matters is anyone’s guess. Winning form is good form and so North will be happy but ultimately it means little in context of the season. Next week is a whole different game but West will be need to turn things around quickly if they are any chance of progressing to the grand final against Central.
North 5 for 46 (T. Hack 30*; P. Christos 2-1) defeated West 45 (C. Howard 4-4, L. Larkins 2-12,
J. Savage 2-13) by five wickets