Bottom team Gladstone caused an upset when, after making only 133, they routed Laura for 118 in Rocky River cricket on Saturday.
Meanwhile, second-placed Georgetown inflicted Crystal Brook’s first loss since November 3.
Gladstone v Laura
Jamie Davidson and Craig Woolford got Gladstone’s innings under way with Scott Brand making the first breakthrough, trapping Davidson LBW for 9.
Lee Ballantyne found himself batting in the unusual position of three and he soon became the first of Cody Turner’s six wickets when he was caught and bowled for 10.
Keiron Glenn only made 2 and then opener C Woolford was caught Ben Wallis bowled C Turner for 49.
With the score at 4/82 it soon became 6/86 with the dismissals of Michael Stevens 8 and Jed Hennessy a duck.
Daryl Boylan and Paul Humphris set about adding some stability to the score with a 39-run partnership for the 7th wicket when they both were dismissed by C Turner in the space of 2 runs.
Humphris was bowled for 22 and Boylan was caught by Brand for 19. The last two wickets only saw another 6 runs added to the score with Gladstone finishing on a shaky 133.
Turner bagged his 6 wickets off 12 overs for 46 runs, Koby Nettle 2/24 and singles to Brand and Sam Zanker.
Laura couldn’t have got off to a worse start with Jaran Turner and Tim Woolford both collecting ducks with Laura at 2/3.
Koby Millington didn’t do much damage in the scorebook, being caught and bowled by Jed Hennessy for 5, Laura now at 3/16.
Opener Michael Gaunt was joined by Zanker and they added 44 runs for the 4th wicket to get Laura back on track to chasing Gladstone’s total.
C Woolford was introduced to the bowling attack and he broke the partnership when he had Zanker caught behind by Humphris for 24 and then Brad Jackson going the same way for 1.
Woolford claimed the next wicket when he had Brand caught by Boylan for 9 with Laura 6/76.
With the addition of only 4 runs Gladstone got rid of Ben Hopgood for 1 and then at the same score of 80 got the prize wicket of Gaunt who was caught at forward square on the boundary by Hennessy off Boylan for 34.
C Turner who was having a day out tried desperately to chase the win, but he ran out of partners, being left stranded on 24 n.o., giving Gladstone their second win for the season with Laura only managing 118.
The main wicket takers were C Woolford 3/14/5, Hennessy 3/35/11.2, Glenn 3/38/12 and 1 to Boylan.
Crystal Brook v Georgetown
The top two teams met for the third time this season with the win tally at one-all. Shane Arbon won the toss and elected to bat.
Josh Gale and Ben Cousins put 33 on the board before Gale lost his leg stump to a Greg Baynes’ delivery for 23.
Five runs later Steve Merkel also lost his leg stump when he played on attempting to pull Kyron Burgess onto the on side for 5.
An innings-building 67-run partnership between Ben and Jack Cousins was broken when Brett Ballantyne had Ben caught behind by Daniel Henderson for 24.
James Wardle was next to go exactly the same way for 2 with the Brook at 4/115, with Jack Cousins just reaching 50.
Cousins only added 6 more to his total when he was caught at forward square by K Burgess off Shaun Noonan, score at 5/126.
Arbon and Matt Gulin added 34 to take the score to 160 when Gulin was LBW to K Burgess for 19.
Nine runs later Ben Kupsch 8 was also dismissed by K Burgess.
Last wicket to fall was Arbon who was caught at covers by S Ballantyne off B Ballantyne for 16.
Luke Kapitola made the most of the last over, belting 11 runs off B Ballantyne finishing 15 n.o.
Crystal Brook finished with a convincing 8/189.
K Burgess led the way with 3/33/11, B Ballantyne 3/53/10, singles to Baynes and Noonan.
In the absence of Brett Murdock, Daniel Henderson opened with Greg Baynes who was first out when he put a drive back into the hands of Gulin, caught and bowled for 13.
B Ballantyne joined Henderson and they added 60 for the 2nd wicket when Henderson was caught behind by Gale off Larry Klingner for 31.
Shane Ballantyne joined his brother and together they took control of the game and, at the 28th-over drinks break, they had taken the score to 132 only requiring 58 off 14 overs (4 an over) with plenty of wickets in hand.
They passed the score in the 40th over, with Brett finishing with 101 n.o. and Shane 42 n.o. Georgetown at the end of 42 overs 2/196.
Jamestown/Orroroo 6/144 – R Blackwell 52 ret, D Shute 32 ret, M Bowman 23 n.o., T Solomon 2/7, N Ferme 2/13, A Waters 2/17 defeated Wandearah 7/124 – S Dyer 43 n.o., T Solomon 20, R Blackwell 3/6, L Casey 1/ 4, H Abbot 1/20.
Gladstone/George-town 4/142 – L Wilsdon 51 ret, M Burgess 34, T Harslett 11, Jamie Robinson 2/10, T Christoperson 1/15 defeated BMW 90 – J Durnford 28, M.Burgess 2/11, C Robson 2/11, J Zanker 1/ 4, T Harslett 1/6, M Fego 1/6, R Nash 1/8, T Crawford 1/9, D Amey 1/11.
With only one game remaining, the top four has been set. Fourth-placed BMW who have the bye this week cannot be put out by fifth-placed Wandearah.
Crystal Brook Played 10 won 9 – 90%,
Gladstone/Georgetown P10 W5 – 50%
Jamestown/Orroroo P10 W4 Tied 1 – 45%
BMW P11 W4 – 36.37%
Wandearah P7 W1 T1 – 21.43%
Jamestown 7/159 – W Sedden 28 ret, C Clark 25 ret, M Zanker 13 ret, E Bray 11 ret, T Ritchie 10, J Harslett 3/13, M Fawcett 1/9, B Flowers 1/10, R Hayes 1/14, R Nash 1/17 defeated Gld/Gtwn 6/115 – T Harslett 30 ret, R Nash 25 ret, R Clark 2/5, B Smallacombe 1/3, M Zanker 1/8, H Hall 1/8, W Sedden 1/16
Crystal Brook 5/152 – N Hooper 26 ret, P Klingner 25 ret, P O’Dea 16, J Baker 13 ret, R Nash 1/5, T Harslett 1/5, F Cunningham 1/16. defeated Gld/Gtwn 106 – T Harslett 27 ret, J Henderson 23, R Nash 9, H Hooper 3/3, J Baker 1/1, L Coates 1/ 2, Josh Clements 1/ 2, P O’Dea 1/5, Jake Clements 1/7.
Country Carnival Results from February 11 to 15: 11th Feb @ Cane Reserve. Rocky River 242 – J Davidson 80, B Murdock 75, I Harslett 22, M Wallige 21 defeated International 182 – M Wallige 2/1, K Nettle 2/44,
12th Feb @ Duncan Fraser No: 2 – Rocky River 1st Innings 106 – S Hayes 25, B Pilkington 23, N Hayes 20, 2nd innings 7/119 – J Burgess 31, M Hughes 27n.o. S Hayes 23, B Murdock 18.
Alexandra 1st innings 143 – S Hayes 3/15, N Hayes 2/15, 2nd innings 6/80 dec – S Weckert 2/22, Rocky River won outright.
13th Feb @ Brighton No: 1 – Rocky River 9/176 – B Murdock 64, B Weckert 29, I Harslett 26, defeated Woodside 157 – S Hayes 5/45, N Hayes 2/40, 14th Feb @ Duncan Fraser No: 1 – Rocky River 1st Innings 71 – C Woolford 12, I Harslett 12 2nd Innings 4/176 dec – C Woolford 117, K Glenn 40 defeated Bute 1st Innings 54 – M Hughes 6/29, M Wallige 3/23, 2nd Innings 6/140 – B McInnes 3/22, BMurdock 2/10.
15th Feb @ Pooraka No:1 – Penola 4/137 defeated Rocky River 130 – K Glenn 46, H Gill 20, S Pilgrim 15.
A Grade – Redhill v Gladstone, Laura v C/Brook, Georgetown bye
U16’s – Wandearah v Gld/Gtwn (Friday night Port Oval), C/Brook vC/Brook v Jmstwn/Orr, BMW bye.
YOUNG TALENT…Young Georgetown cricket enthusiast Max Hollitt, 7, is a rising star and offers hope for the future of the club. He shadows the senior cricketers and was pictured in the grandstand at Crystal Brook on Saturday after going through his paces.
TIGHT…Georgetown bowler Greg Baynes made short work of Josh Gales innings when he took out his leg stump for 23 runs.
TAKING A DIVE…Georgetown fielder Andrew Richens unsuccessfully took a big dive from the slips trying to get hand on this return from Merkel, pictured making runs with Ben Cousins, also pictured is Georgetown fast bowler Kyron Burgess who took 3 for 33 off 11 overs.
ALMOST RUN-OUT…A direct hit from Georgetown skipper Brett Ballantyne almost ended Ben Cousins’ innings, but Cousins was well within his crease.
YOUNGSTER…Ben Cousins played a fine innings for Crystal Brook, adding 24 runs, but this was not enough to get his team over the line.
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