CLERMONT under-13s have strung together a solid win over the visiting Emerald Brothers outfit at the weekend despite fielding nine players on the day.
After Brothers posted 7-94 in the first innings it took Clermont until only the 19th over to reach the target for the loss of just two wickets.
Aaron Brown was in top-notch form for Brothers making 26 runs before retiring, Blake Pyle rounded out his innings similarly with 13 runs.
Clermont’s Dougal Storey took great figures of 4-5 from three overs, Liam Smith also handy on 0-9 from three overs.
In reply Clermont’s first and only two wickets fell early in the innings before David Boyes knocked 37 runs (not out) for Clermont and Calin Schrader smashed 43 from just 46 balls.
All Brothers bowlers contributed at the bowling crease with Donal Whyte one of the best with 1-7 from two overs.
Jack Brown also helped out with 0-9 from two overs.
Magpies take out Blackwater
A HEFTY 135 team total was too much for Blackwater under-13s in their semi-final encounter with Emerald Magpies at Epic.
Magpies’ Mark Cupper got his side off on the right foot with 41 runs (retired), Jake Bower also making a fine contribution before he was caught behind by wicket-keeper Ned Duffy for 22.
Wickets were hard to come by for Blackwater with just three taken in their bowling innings. Jack Brennan took one to finish with final figures of 1-11 from three overs.
In reply Blackater simply ran out of batsmen, caught short with nowhere to go at 8-88.
Riley McClay one of the better run-scorers for Blackwater with 21, Duffy up there too with 18.
Magpies’ bowler Will Goddard was right on line for his 1-4 final figures with Damon Gale equally sharp with two wickets and a catch.
“He (Gale) was sitting on a hat-trick , but didn’t manage to pull it off,” a Brothers spokesperson said.
“Their batting improved too a lot from last week.”