The Narrandera Carpheads A Grade team suffered a heavy loss to Yanco Cricket Club last weekend in the two day qualifying final at Yanco Sportsground.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Carpheads top order was ripped apart by Yanco all-rounder Matt Dedini (6 for 25 off 13 overs) to be bowled out for a disappointing 61 inside 33 overs.
Only Carpheads vice-captain James Sullivan (13), Jacob Anderson (13) and Dillion Penhall (19) were able to offer any resistance to the Yanco bowling attack.
In reply, Yanco got off to a solid start finishing day one of the match at 3 for 100 meaning the Carpheads needed a special effort to get back into the contest.
Longtime Carpheads bowling attack spearhead Jacob Anderson delivered the goods for his team on the second day taking 6 for 30 off 15 overs to see Yanco lose 7 for 28 early on day two to be bowled out for 128 and taking a 67 run lead into the Carpheads second innings.
The Carpheads got off to a shaky start in reply losing Ryan Argus and Jake Anderson to leave them at 2 for 28.
However a 30-run partnership between captain Brent Lawrence (16) and James Sullivan (35) saw the Carpheads edge closer to knock off Yanco’s first innings lead.
However both batsmen fell just prior to lunch as did Rohan Rehwinkel to leave the Carpheads at 5 for 70 at the end of the morning session.
After the lunch break it was much of the same one way traffic for Yanco as they took the final five wickets with just 21 runs being added to the Carpheads’ total to see them bowled out for 91 inside 29 overs.
With only a 22 run lead to the Carpheads the game was mutually ended by both captains which saw Yanco advance through to the grand final in two weeks’ time.
The Narrandera Carpheads will now play longtime rivals Leeton and District Ferrets in a preliminary final blockbuster to be played this weekend at the Carps’ home ground at Narrandera Park.
Narrandera Carpheads B grade cricket team had a disappointing loss to Yanco on Saturday and failed to secure their spot in the B grade final.
Captain Dave Kroek said Narrandera had their chances but just didn’t do quite enough at pivotal times in the match.
Yanco’s young gun Angus Boulton batted very well, hitting some huge sixes and the ones he mishit always seemed to fall in gaps.
Brodie Perram and Rohan Stimson bowled well for Narrandera and Wyatt Gilbert also played well.
“We dropped a few catches throughout the innings which didn’t help us either,” Kroek said.
“I thought we started great with the bat, Ash Cabban and Jono Schofield got us going really well and Sam Argus came in and batted well too.
“However, we probably didn’t get enough runs in the middle overs while their change bowlers were on – we left ourselves too much to do when Boulton and Matt Aliendi came back on.
“Most days you will win a B grade final with 170, but unfortunately we came up against a young A grader who had rep footy on the Sunday so couldn’t play A grade. He made 109 not out and took 4-15, and was the difference between the sides,” said Kroek.
Narrandera now need to re-group and put in a better performance next week against Leeton and District so they get another shot at Yanco in the final.
Kroek said his team worked hard throughout the year to finish on top so have the insurance of a second chance.