Weather worries in cricket

CRACK: Clermont batsmen Mick Forrest (above) and Ryan Nunan (above left) take to Springsure’s bowlers in the Central Highlands Senior Cricket competition. cont

RAIN has saved the day for Springsure in round eight of the Central Highlands Cricket competition against Clermont.

A shaky Springsure batting line-up didn’t fare too well early in the first innings, reduced to 7-34 at one stage before Steve Carson and Steve Cullen partnered 20 runs followed by Cullen and Alan Johnson with a 50-run stand.

Clermont’s bowling attack finally prevailed in the 39th, bowling the visitors out for just 118.

Clermont’s batsmen need not have got settled with heavy rain interrupting the second innings in the opening over.

Returning to the crease Clermont calculated they needed a tad over 100 runs with the rain-affected innings reduced to 30 overs.

More wet weather ended the match with Clermont stranded on 4-76, roughly 20 runs short of what they required to secure the win.

“We really wanted to get a result – I think both teams did,” Clermont spokesperson Ryan Nunan said.

“We lost a couple of cheap wickets early on but they (Springsure) bowled really well.”

Clermont’s Dean Williams was impressive with the ball, taking a conservative 3-3 from five overs, while the left arm of Aiden McGarrity also held well for the home side, taking 2-31 from eight overs.

The Clermont under 13s came away with a handy 50-run win over Emerald Brothers in the junior cricket competition at Clermont at the weekend.

Opening batsman David Boyes made early in-roads for Clermont, retiring on 43 runs, supported well through the lower order by Mitchell Wharley and Gerard Moriarty.

Emerald’s wickets were shared equally through side with the majority of bowlers taking one a piece. Aaron Brown was particularly impressive with his 1-5 figures from five overs.

In reply, Brothers could muster only 46 runs before being bowled out.

Boyes again demonstrated his cricketing class, taking 1-3 with the ball and two catches in the field.

Nothing could separate the Blackwater under 13s and Emerald Magpies in their junior match – not even the pinch-hitting efforts of Jayden Williams.

The game ended in a draw, with top-scoring Williams smashing three sixes and two fours for Blackwater to level the game at 99 runs a piece.

Mark Cupper did the damage for Magpies in the first innings with 25 runs (retired) and Wyatt Vohland was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-6 from three overs.

Blackwater’s Matt West also took 1-7 from four overs bowled and six runs with the bat.

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