An undermanned Narrandera Carpheads A Grade team went down to ladder leaders Yanco Cricket Club in a very competitive match at Yanco Sports-ground on Saturday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Yanco Cricket Club got off to a very conservative start largely thanks to some very good and economical bowling from the Carpheads’ bowling unit in the first 20 overs keeping a very good batting team to just 48 runs.
A couple of chances weren’t held in the field to remove the dangerous Dedini and Forrest who are one of the most experienced opening combinations in the league.
As the old saying goes sometimes “that’s cricket” but an area captain Brent Lawrence thinks the Carpheads can improve on with the bye next weekend.
Young Carpheads quick Jack Williamson bowled a superb five-over spell without luck to the two main men in the Yanco batting line-up to finish with 0/11 off his five overs.
“A bag of wickets isn’t too far away for Jack as he bowls great lines and an excellent length consistently that’s hard to get away,” said Lawrence.
Another young upcoming star Luke Argus performed well in what was his first bowl in A grade taking three wickets in his five overs including a wicket in his first ever over of A grade cricket.
Veteran quicks Rohan Rehwinkel (2/39 off 8 overs) and Jake Anderson (1 for 21 off 8 overs) along with the returning Sam Argus (1 for 32 off 6 overs) toiled hard all day.
Yanco finished on 7 for 168 off their 40 overs.
In reply with the bat, Carpheads old boys Anthony Craig and captain Brent Lawrence wound back the clock with a whirlwind 48-run partnership in the first 10 overs, however once both batsmen fell in quick succession and vice-captain James Sullivan played on without scoring that left the Carpheads on the back foot at 3/55.
Senior player Jake Anderson (9 runs) was the next man to go after another promising start with the willow in hand to leave the Carpheads on the ropes at 4/64.
Enter Rohan Rehwinkel (20 runs) and a watchful Sam Argus (15 runs) who both fought hard for their 36 run partnership to give the Carpheads a sniff of victory until Argus was bowled with the score on 100.
Unfortunately Craig, Lawrence, Rehwinkel and Argus were unable to go on with their solid starts with the bat which was disappointing.
Already missing four regular A grade players in Jono Doyle, Mark Tilyard, Ryan Argus and Lincoln Gooley, the job was simply too much for a young and inexperienced lower order to see the Carpheads bowled out for 118 in 35 overs.
Despite the loss Carps’ captain Lawrence there were many positives from the weekend’s game.
“The draw against The Phantoms due to rain and defeat this week is always disappointing however this year we have a strong focus on incorporating new blood into our team with the likes of Luke Argus, Jack Williamson and Jarrod O’Brien all getting opportunities to develop as senior cricketers in our A grade side.
“It’s always great to see young players do well and improve their games.
“We have had three or four regular players out against the two top ranked teams in the competition and a full squad to pick from against the two bottom placed sides which is frustrating.
“However, I’m confident we will be able to string some good wins together in the second round of the One Day competition to keep our dream alive of six consecutive One Day title victories.
“Our best is definitely good enough to match it with the top sides in the comp. We are improving every week, and its now about building consistency with bat and ball in hand.”
A Grade has the bye this upcoming weekend with their next game a must win to stay in touch with the top two.