The Narrandera Carp-heads A Grade team recorded a comfortable 77 run victory over fourth placed Phantoms Cricket Club last Saturday at Yanco Sportsground.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Carpheads lost a few early wickets however were once again well served by in-form opening batsman Ryan Argus who compiled a patient 37 runs.
Given an opportunity to bat up the order young emerging star Luke Argus (Ryan’s brother) delivered with a hard fought 21 runs off 57 balls spending some quality time in the middle which will do his cricket development the world of good. After another brother Sam Argus (11) fell, this saw the Carpheads on the back foot at six for 87. However the counter attack came from hard-hitting all rounder Rohan Rehwinkel (40 runs off 34 balls) who together with Luke Argus put on a much needed 51-run partnership to see the Carpheads finish on 156 runs at the end of their 40 overs.
In reply Phantoms got off to a shakey start losing a wicket in the first over and they never really recovered – continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals to find themselves in real trouble at six for 53.
A couple of small partnerships saw them put some respect to their total before they were bowled out for 79 inside 26 overs.
The Carpheads bowling attack were once again in fine form with Rohan Rehwinkel (2 for 19), Cooper “Virat” Irons (3 for 14) and Mick Foster (3 for 9) the chief destroyers.
Last Saturday’s win made it three straight One Day victories for the A Grade Carpheads. The first game after the Christmas and New Year break will be played on Saturday January 6 at the Narrandera Park Oval where Narrandera and Yanco Cricket Club will battle it out for a spot in the One Day Final.
Saturday produced another good win and a very solid team performance from Narrandera Carpheads B grade cricket team against Leeton and District Yellow at Narrandera High School oval on Saturday.
Carpheads’ captain Dave Kroek said he was surprised when they won the toss and sent Narrandera in, especially the way the Carps’ top order has been performing.
The top order didn’t disappoint either, with Ash Cabban (28) and Jono Schofield (72) putting on 84 for the first wicket. Dillion Penhall then came in and blasted 74, hitting the ball extremely well. Penhall had been been threatening to unleash for a while and he took the game away from L&D. It was great to watch his performance, said Kroek.
Narrandera finished with 8/225 which they were happy with.
“We were probably only one middle order batsman firing away from 270,” Kroek said.
Bowling was a real team effort with Brodie Perram and Wyatt Gilbert each taking early wickets for Narrandera and bowling well. Jarrod O’Brien took three and took the key wicket of MacGregor who was their only batsman who looked likely to score a few. Rohan Stimson and Jono Schofield then cleaned up the rest, taking 5-15 between them as Narrandera rolled L & D for 73.
It was a good way to finish the first half of the season for Narrandera, who are 8-2 and in equal top place on the competition ladder and set up nicely for a run into the finals after Christmas.