Carps go down fighting

Narrandera A Grade Carpheads took on the L&D Ferrets at Narrandera Oval on the weekend, losing a hard-fought preliminary final by 27 runs.

Both grades of the Narrandera Carpheads have farewelled the season after both teams suffered losses on the weekend.

The Narrandera A Grade Carpheads 2017/18 season came to an end last weekend losing a hard fought preliminary final by 27 runs against L&D Ferrets.

The L&D Ferrets batted first and thanks to a well-played century by in form opening batsmen Reece Maguire (106) were able to post a strong total of 271 all out in 83 overs.

Best bowlers for Narrandera were Jono Doyle with 3 for 41 off 13 overs, Rohan Rehwinkel 2 for 40 off 13 overs, Mark Tilyard, 2 for 39 off 12 overs and Brent Lawrence 2 for 42 off 12 overs.

In reply with the bat, Narrandera were up for the fight with the willow in hand thanks to a super effort from Carpheads all-rounder Rohan Rehwinkel who scored a brilliant and hard fought 92, before unfortunately being run out with the score on 201 and still requiring a further 70 runs with six wickets in hand.

Rehwinkel was well supported by fellow all-rounder Mick Foster who played beautifully for his 59 in what was a valuable 105 run partnership between both batsmen. Captain Brent Lawrence (25),

Cooper Irons (18 not out), vice-captain James Sullivan (16) and young gun Luke Argus (13 runs) all chipped in with valuable contributions however it wasn’t enough to see the Carpheads get over the line for the win eventually being dismissed for 245 in the 77th over.

A Grade captain Brent Lawrence was full of praise for his team in what was a tough contest between both bat and ball over the course of the Two Day match.

“I was really proud of how our guys responded with the bat after a few bad performances well below our high standards in recent weeks. Every batsman in our line-up made a huge effort to apply themselves in chasing such a big total.

“Our bowlers toiled hard again like they have all year to keep L&D under 300 when we were probably staring down the barrel of chasing 350 at one stage. We really made L&D work hard for
the victory which is how all finals should be played.”

“Full credit must go to L&D though. They were just too good in the end. The match was played in great spirit with all players showing mutual respect for one another at the end of such a tough contest which was wonderful to see.”

The LDCA Presentation Night will be held this Friday March 23 at the Leeton and District Bowling Club with several Carpheads players in line to take home individual awards in both the A and B grade competitions.

The B Grade Carpheads have also missed out on a chance to make the finals after a disappointing loss to L&D Blue.

“It was a very disappointing end to the season but we just didn’t play well enough on the day,” said captain Dave Kroek.

“We started very well getting to 1-49, Ash Cabban particularly was batting really well, but unfortunately the old Carpheads collapse came along and we lost 7-21.

“Connor Vearing and Brodie Perram led the fight back putting on 33 for the ninth wicket before Perram and Rohan Stimson added another 15 before our overs finished up.

“With 118 on the board we felt we were 30 or 40 short of where we wanted to be, but also thought it was defendable.

“We started really well keeping the runs down, Brodie and Wyatt Gilbert were good then Jono Schofield came on and made the breakthrough.”

While Mr Kroek said his bowling was quite good, picking up 3-8 from his 7, “unfortunately a few catches went down that you need to take when you only have 118 on the board”.

“It took them until the 33rd over so we did well, just not well enough,” Mr Kroek said.

“I know a lot of the boys are keen to come back next year and give it another crack, so we’ve got six months now to start planning for that,” Mr Kroek said.

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