OUCH!: Emerald Magpie Mathew Leonard will be happy he was wearing appropriate protection after this effort. sg-271110-164 JUNIOR CRICKET
THE Emerald Magpies put in a magnificent performance to register a final batting average of 17 against Clermont Bulls 7.75 at the weekend.
The Magpies won the toss and sent the Bulls into bat first, a decision that paid off judging by the excellent fielding displayed by the Emerald team.
Angus Rayner and Jack Grimley bowled exceptionally well for the Magpies, both notching up identical figures of 2/1 from each of their two overs.
Grimley backed up his strong bowling performance with a great catch in the field, one of five taken by the Magpies during the Bulls’ innings.
Bulls opening batsman, Will Callanan, put up a strong fight against the Magpies bowling attack, top-scoring for his team with twelve runs and no outs.
After the Magpies great fielding display, it was up to their batters’ form with the willow to secure the win, and opener Darcy Hagan set to it right from the get-go, top-scoring for his team with 11 runs.
He was well supported by Jordy Laffey and Jack Grimley who both scored a well-fought 10 runs with no outs.
Special mention needs to go to the Bulls’ Hayden Olzard, who in his first ever game of cricket notched up figures of 2/6 from three overs while also managing to take a catch in the outfield.
EMERALD Brothers escaped with a win over arch-rivals Blackwater in a close encounter that went right to the wire at Rundle Park on Saturday.
Blackwater won the toss and chose to bat first, sending Brothers out to field with hopes of containing an early onslaught.
Blake Pyle proved lethal and tidy with the ball during his four over spell, coming away with top figures of 2/3 and a catch to go with it.
Tom Lewis backed him up well with a neat 1/6 from three overs.
Blackwater’s Reece Williams, a Central Highlands representative player, top-scored for the visitors with 21 runs before retiring.
Wicket keeper captain Jack Brennan managed to notch up 13 before he also retired.
Brothers came into the break chasing a target of 84, and opener Ben Curren immediately set out, managing a top score of 17 runs before being caught.
Tom Lewis batted well from number three, scoring 16 runs before retiring.
Brothers batting order continued to slog away to reach a final score of 5/94, winning the match by a neat 10 runs.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.