The Narrandera Carp-heads A Grade team recorded their third straight 40-over match victory on Saturday taking down the LSC Colts by 21 runs.
In the second-last game before the Christmas break, the Carps were able to get a good headway over the Colts.
It’s a welcome win for the team, who found themselves in a bit of a rut not so long ago. After losing the toss and being sent into bat first, the Carpheads got off to a solid start courtesy of Mick Foster and Dillion Penhall.
When Penhall departed for five runs, Carpheads vice captain James Sullivan followed shortly after at the hands of Matt Delguzzo. Sullivan was out for four runs.
This brought captain Brent Lawrence (15) together with Foster with both players looking to up the scoring rate.
The partnership got to 32 runs when Lawrence was dismissed looking to hit one over the top to see the Carpheads sitting at three for 60 after 30 overs bowled.
“We had some really handy contributions from Haydn Emerson and Cooper Irons; they both helped Mick Foster record his first half century for the season,” said Lawrence.
“Foster carried his bat for the entire 40 overs, finishing with a patient and well played 60 not out to see the Carpheads finish their allotted at 5 for 114.”
Both Irons and Emerson made seven runs apiece. Needing 115 runs to win, the Colts lost Delguzzo early thanks to some very good bowling from Carpheads veteran Brodie Perram.
“Brodie bowled his eight overs straight in the extreme heat to finish with 1 for 16,” said Lawrence.
From this point on the Colts courtesy of Jaryd Day and Matt Curry put together a solid partnership to put the Colts into a commanding position in the game before Mick Foster struck just before drinks to remove Day.
The Colts were 3 for 76 at the halfway mark in their innings when drinks were called. The match swung back in the Carpheads favour when young quick Cooper Irons, playing his first A grade match for the year, turned the game on its head claiming three vital wickets to finish with 3 for 24 off his 8 overs.
Irons was well supported by captain Brent Lawrence who took 4 for 12 off 7 overs. The pair took the last 7 wickets between them for just 17 runs to see the Colts bowled out for 93 inside 30 overs.
This victory puts the Carpheads in outright second on the table in the One Day format of the LDCA Competition.
The Carpheads will now take on L&D Ferrets in a T20 match at Mark Taylor Oval this Saturday afternoon in what will be their last match before the Christmas break.
The B Grade Carpheads won by forfeit on the weekend. They are currently sitting at the top of the ladder, but did not play last Saturday.
B Grade will meet the L&D Ferrets Yellow side at the Mark Taylor Oval next Saturday, before the competition breaks over Christmas.