Narrandera Carpheads A Grade cricket team recorded a resounding victory by 139 runs against Leeton Soldiers Club Colts in their first game of the 2017-18 Leeton District Cricket Association season on Saturday.
Winning the toss, Narrandera had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Narrandera got off to a strong start thanks to the new opening batting combination of Jono Doyle and Ryan Argus who laid a strong foundation for the team putting on 48 runs for the opening wicket.
When Ryan Argus (12) was the first one to go, first drop Jarred Lane (16) continued on where he left off from last season putting on 32 runs with Jono Doyle before Lane was out caught behind off the bowling of Sam Cooper. Doyle was dismissed with the score on 92 for a well made 45.
Middle order batsmen Jake Anderson (50) and vicecaptain James Sullivan (10) then put together an excellent 60 run partnership to take the score 159 when Sullivan was caught out in a selfless act late in the innings looking to further up the run rate. Anderson was eventually dismissed for a classy half century (50 runs off just 60 balls) in what was a great start to the season for one of the most capped players in the team.
Debutantes Luke Argus and Jarrod O’Brien both made 6 not out in what was a great start to their A grade careers to see their team finish on 7 for 176 off the allotted 40 overs. LSC Colts in reply with the bat were completely outclassed with some very disciplined bowling to be dismissed for a miserly 37 runs inside 23 overs.
One of the Carpheads “30-plus” players, strike bowler Rohan Rehwinkel, led the way with the ball taking 5 for 14 off his 8 overs. He was well supported by Jake Anderson, who took 2 for 2 off 3 overs and captain Brent Lawrence who took 2 for 1 to finish on a hat trick leading into this week’s One Day game against L&D Cricket Club. This match will also take place at Mark Taylor Oval in Leeton.
Opening bowler Mark Tilyard bowled stylishly without luck to finish with 0 for 3 off five overs setting the tone for the rest of the Carpheads’ bowlers that followed him. Captain Brent Lawrence said that it was great to get off to a winning start in season 2017/18.
“I was really pleased with the way all our players approached the first game of the year. We have a few new faces this season and most of us will be playing different roles this year as opposed what we have in the past which is also exciting and offers new
challenges to each player.
“I want our guys to be relaxed and enjoying the roles I assign them each week as I feel this will provide us all with greater confidence in each other as well as with the stability and flexibility required to go deeper into the season,” Lawrence said.
B-grade Carps beaten by Yanco
Yanco Cricket Club were the better side in their match against the Narrandera Carpheads’ B grade team at the Narrandera High
School Oval last Saturday.
Yanco had a bye for their A grade team, which probably helped their depth a bit, and they outplayed the B grade Carpheads throughout the day.
Narrandera started well with Jack Williamson bowling really well at the start and the Carps were definitely on top for the first eight overs or so. After that Narrandera’s bowling was a bit inconsistent and they dropped six or or eight catches.
“You just can’t do that against a good side and hope to win,” said Narrandera B grade captain Dave Kroek. “Our batting really struggled to get going, which I think was a result of spending 35 overs in the field.
“We didn’t quite have the energy left,” Kroek said.
Kroek said there were some positives in a disappointing game for the Carpheads. Oliver Park played well in his first game for
about 15 years. He bowled some good balls, fielded well, took a couple of catches and spent some time in the middle. Kroek predicted he was only going to get better as the season progressed.
He said the young guys in the Carpheads’ team also did well. Jack Williamson was the pick of the bowlers, while Dylan Whiteman
and Connor Vearing both showed some encouraging signs.
“They’re just going to keep getting better as the season goes on,” Kroek said. “It’s only one loss early in the season so we won’t
dwell on it, we’re already looking towards bouncing back against the Colts next Saturday.”