Close calls for cricket

LOW BLOW: Jason Cronin in action for the Central Hotel against Mimosa Whirlwinds at Fisher Park at the weekend. More pictures online at 老域名cootamundraherald老域名备案老域名. Picture: Harrison VeseyCRICKET resumed in the South West Slopes Cricket League on Saturday after the holiday break.In the Delta Agribusiness Premier League there werethree quality games of cricket with no team saying they won convincingly.

The winless Ex-Services put in their best performance of the season at Albert Park but came up 21 runs short against the competition front-runners Crusaders.

This match nearly went the distance with Crusaders being bowled out in the 38th over while Ex-Services faced their complement of 40 overs.Luke Berkrey and Scott Meale dominated with the bat, yielding76 runs for the third wicket.

David Garness the Ex-Services quick returned his best figures for the season capturing 4/32 from nine overs.

Crusaders 171 Luke Berkrey 32 ,Scott Meale 28 d Ex-services 150 Phil Gay 57 and Wayd Millar 25.

Fisher parkA BRAVE and much depleted Mimosa side made the Central Hotel work hard for their victory at Fisher Park.

On a pitch that kept a bit low and a lush outfield, a score of a 131 was competitive.Considering Mimosa had 10 players with five players filling in, their performance in this match was heartening.

Central Hotel 4/138 (35.4 overs)Mal Sutherland 45 not John Stephens 26 d Mimosa 9/131 (38.5 overs)Artie Stacey a career best 55 and Will Bailey 28 Chris Drum 4/27 and Ray James 3/15.

The win by the Crusaders and Central Hotel have virtually locked down the first two spots on the ladder, while the position of third and fourth is still up for grabs with Mimosa, Young Ones and Ex-Services, vying for the last two semi-final spots.

Cranfield OvalTHE local derby between the two Young sides was a classic at Cranfield Oval –S&C Young Ones 192,batting second,Glenn Blizzard 93 Tom Marshall 5/41 defeated Scorchers 190 Troy Newham 65.Tom O’Brien 3/23 The Young Ones passed the Scorchers 9 down then the final batsman was dismissed.

Both teams faced 40 overs and for the second time this season, Young Ones have won a match by one wicket.

The win by the Young Ones certainly keeps their semi-finals alive.

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