Carpheads fail to fire in one-day return

Some of the action in the Narrandera Carpheads match against Yanco at the NHS oval last Saturday. Whilst Yanco fared well enough with the bat, the Carpheads didn’t have the same luck.

Just six days after claiming the T20 premiership against the same opposition, the Narrandera Carpheads B grade side were defeated by Yanco Cricket Club in a one day match on Saturday afternoon.

Narrandera captain Dave Kroek won the toss and elected to bowl first, but it was Yanco who took the spoils in the 60 run win.

Cooper Irons and Mitch McPherson started the job for Narrandera, bowling well in tandem which led to a double breakthrough for McPherson as he picked up two wickets in two balls in his third over.

The pair continued to trouble the Yanco batsmen but when the change bowlers came on Yanco started to attack.

Brad Evans dominated a partnership of 85 with Andrew Kouzan, scoring 54 off just 29 balls which included five sixes and 3 fours. He was dismissed the first ball after drinks, as Connor Vearing claimed the stumping off the bowling of Kroek (3-26).

From there wickets fell at regular intervals as McPherson (3-13) claimed his third while Irons (2-18) and Jarrod O’Brien (2-22) picked up two each. Kroek took the last two as Yanco were bowled out in the 33rd over for 145.

Narrandera went for youth at the top of the order as Irons and Vearing went out to bat. Unfortunately Irons’ quality with the ball in hand didn’t translate to his batting innings, as he fell for two.

Jake Grant joined Vearing as they added 21 for the second wicket, before Grant fell for 12. Jarrod O’Brien came and went for two and when Vearing fell on the stroke of drinks for a well made 31 Narrandera was 4-54.

The drinks break didn’t help the Carpheads as both Kane Williams (two) and Jono Schofield (one) were dismissed soon after, before Wyatt Gilbert (18) tried to stage a resurgence. He dominated a 21-run partnership with Kroek (seven) before Dave Tiffen struck. He had Kroek caught on the boundary, then four runs later dismissed both Brody Whiteman (two) and Gilbert to end the innings at 85.

Carpheads captain Dave Kroek was looking for the positives after the game.

“Yanco were too good today, Brad and Drew’s partnership just took the game away from us in the middle of their innings. I thought we recovered well and bowled really well after drinks, Mitch and Cooper were fantastic and Jarrod bowled really well which was great.

“Unfortunately our batting let us down, but there were still positives to take away. Connor Vearing played probably his best innings in senior cricket, he was patient when he needed to be and attacked the loose balls. He was holding our innings together and when he fell we lost our way a little bit.

“Wyatt was also really good towards the end, he hit some lovely shots and it would be great to see him build on this innings and get a few more runs next week.”

“There were a few of our boys thinking how they could have done things better today, and sometimes you need that loss to get those thoughts happening so it doesn’t happen again.

“We’ve got two weeks until finals so it’s two more chances to find a bit of form.”

The B grade Carpheads next game is this Saturday against L&D Yellow at Leeton High 2.

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