The Narrandera Carp-heads A Grade team are well placed in their must win two day game against Leeton and District Cricket Club after bowling the Ferrets out for 148 in 51 overs at the Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday.
However, a five wicket haul from captain Dave Kroek and a half century from Sam Argus was not enough for the Narrandera B grade Carpheads on Saturday as they went down by 12 runs to the Colts in a one-dayer.
Chief destroyers with the ball for the A grade team were Carpheads veterans Rohan Rehwinkel (5 for 25 off 15 overs) and Jono Doyle (2 for 25 off 6 overs).
In reply with the bat, the Carpheads batted for the final nine overs of Day 1 of the match to finish on 0 for 20 requiring a further 120 runs with 10 wickets in hand to secure first innings points and more importantly keep the dream alive of a top two finish on the Leeton District Cricket Association A Grade ladder.
After bowling out the Colts for 137 an understrength B grade Carpheads side was dismissed for 125 at the Narrandera High School oval.
Narrandera started well with their bowling but just couldn’t take a wicket, dropping a couple of catches.
The Colts’ openers put on 70 odd before Narrandera finally had a breakthrough thanks to the efforts of Adam Grant.
After that the wickets came pretty regularly, with Kroek taking five and Oliver Park two wickets.
The Carpheads also got a run out, then Jono Schofield took the last one in his first over.
“Brodie Perram bowled really well without luck for Narrandera.
“As a team we probably bowled a bit short all day, which cost us a lot of runs,” said Kroek.
Chasing 138 to win Carphead Jono Schofield got out for a quickfire 18.
Sam Argus and Tom Butterfield put on 70 odd which saw the Carpheads in a good position with about 40 to get from seven overs.
However Narrandera lost three quick wickets including Argus and Butterfield and the team crumbled a bit after that.
“We got behind and were trying to do too much and probably didn’t bat sensibly those last eight overs which cost us the game,” said Kroek.
“Credit to their guys, they bowled well and deserved to win in the end.”
Kroek said he expected to get a few guys back next week for the game against the Phantoms so is hoping his team will come back into some form, particularly with the bat.
With only two games left until finals and about 15 players qualified it will be up to all the players to make a contribution to ensure they are in the team in March.
Top run scorers: Sam Argus 52, Tom Butterfield 21, Jono Schofield 18.
Wicket takers: Dave Kroek 5-29, Oliver Park 2-31, Jono Schofield 1-1, Adam Grant 1-17.
In the O’Farrell Cup clash on Sunday at Leeton the Leeton District Cricket Association held off a spirited effort from Yass Valley Cricket Association to retain the O’Farrell Cup in its first defence after defeating Griffith the previous weekend.
Narrandera was represented in the six run victory over Yass by Carpheads A Grade captain Brent Lawrence.
It was the Yass team’s fourth challenge in the competition, but they fell short of victory.
Leeton will now play Wagga on Sunday at Leeton in what could be the biggest challenge of the season.