Carpheads down the Ferrets in season opener

A Grade Carpheads captain Brent Lawrence sends one down the pitch against the L&D Ferrets in the season opening match on Saturday. Lawrence ended up with very tidy bowling figures (1/5) in the Carpheads win. Photo: Rustty Lake-Connolly.

Narrandera Carpheads A Grade team recorded a convincing nine wicket victory over Leeton and District Ferrets at Marie Bashir Park Oval in Narrandera last Saturday to kick start their Leeton District Cricket Association season.

L&D Ferrets won the toss and elected to bat first which played right into Carpheads captain Brent Lawrence’s hands. Lawrence’s (1/5) third delivery found a way through the defence of Maclean Crompton (1).

The younger, inexperienced Ferrets side struggled to put a defendable total on the board losing wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 57 with just two balls remaining in the allotted 20 overs.

All of the Carpheads bowlers bowled with great control and their fielding was sharp. The pick of the bowlers was newest young player Reece Keech, who took two wickets and bowled with good pace, and the Carpheads youngest player in the team last weekend Kane Williams, who had his first bowl in A grade taking 3 for 4 off 2.4 overs.

In reply with the bat, the Carpheads chased down the 58 runs required for victory with 11 overs to spare.

Carpheads veteran Anthony Craig capped off a great game behind the stumps with a run a ball 22 and was well supported by Ash Cabban who finished with 23 not out.

The A Grade Carpheads will now play Yanco Cricket Club at Yanco Sportsground this Saturday in a Twenty20 match starting at 3.30pm. They will welcome back a couple of experienced players into their line-up and are hopeful of another win.

In the B grade match played earlier at Marie Bashir Park, Yanco Cricket Club easily beat Narrandera, who fielded a younger team with some players having their first match in senior cricket fresh from Milliken Shield junior cricket.

The young Carps found it an uphill battle to withstand the Yanco Stags, who lost only two wickets throughout the game. Michael Keech (2/1) and Jack Rilen (1/21) were the top bowlers for the Carps.

Narrandera has the bye this weekend.

In the Ardlethan/Barellan District league Kamarah won the toss at Barellan and batted first, and after early trouble posted 6/154 off 40 overs.
Graeme Male and Albert Gorman both scored 51 each. They combined for a 96 run partnership.

The best of the bowlers for Barellan were Anthony McDonald 2/30 off 9 overs and Steve Winter 2/31 off 9 overs.

Barellan were all out for 117 off 36 overs. Zac Clark was the best with 43 and Anthony McDonald with 19.

Best bowlers for Kamarah were Emerson Cody 3/18 off 6 overs and Jack Coelli 2/6 off 2 overs.

Ganmain played Ardlethan/Beckom and made 7/182 off their 40 overs with Daniel Foley scoring 83. Ardlethan/Beckom were bowled out for 70. Brent Fennessy taking 3/20 and Harry Logan 2/4.

In other results Coolamon Crickets beat the Coolamon Rovers, with the Crickets 8/157 off 40 overs Jeremy Robinson 45, Ethan Harwood 37 not out and Sam Neale 23 while Ryan Allen was the pick of the bowlers with 4/34 off 9 overs. Coolamon Rovers were all out for 78 off 25 overs. Issac Pattinson did the damage with 6/34 off 9 overs and Cooper McKelvie was the best with 21.

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