Narrandera Cricket Inc suffered a five wicket loss in their final Twenty20 match for the season at Marie Bashir Park Oval on Saturday afternoon.
With the top two teams already decided and playing off in the final on Sunday February 3, last Saturday’s match was all about playing for points that would count towards the Two Day format starting on Saturday February 2.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Carpheads got off to a good start through opening batsmen James Sullivan and Jono Doyle however when both batsmen were removed that sparked a major collapse to see the Carpheads bowled out for just 57 in 19.3 overs.
Only Jono Doyle (15), Rohan Rehwinkel (13) and Kurt Jensen (15) were the best contributors with the bat. In reply, the Carpheads bowlers did an excellent job in trying to defend a very modest total making the Colts work hard for everyone however the Carpheads eventually fell short with the Colts passing their total inside 18 overs.
The pick of the bowlers for the Carpheads were young gun Jack Williamson (3 for 6 off 4 overs) and Mark Tilyard (1 for 7 off 4 overs). On Sunday the A Grade Carpheads travelled to Mark Taylor Oval in Leeton in pursuit of their sixth One Day title against Yanco Cricket Club.
The Carpheads won the toss and chose to send in Yanco who were missing key senior batsmen Matt Dedini due to suspension. The decision to bowl first was proving a good one with Yanco on the ropes at 4 for 41 at the halfway mark of their innings.
A short period after drinks the momentum begun to swing and Yanco put on some quick runs to see their innings finish at all out for 151 with one ball to spare in their allotted 40 overs. Chief wicket takers for Narrandera were captain Brent Lawrence (4 for 24 off 7 overs), Jono Doyle (2 for 27 off 8 overs) and very economical spells from Brodie Perram (1 for 17 off 8 overs) and Jack Williamson (1 for 11 off 7 overs) were also crucial.
In reply with the bat, the Carpheads got off to a solid start with James Sullivan and Jono Doyle putting on a 30 run partnership. It was the same story from Saturday though with the Carpheads suffering a mini collapse losing three wickets for just 12 runs. Jono Doyle, who made a hard fought and patient 38 and Lachie Jess (18 runs) put together a well played 45 run partnership before Jess was dismissed with the score on 87 and Doyle following shortly after leaving the Carpheads five wickets down and running out of overs to score the required runs to win.
Only Ash Cabban (16 not out) provided any resistance at the end to see the Carpheads finish their 40 overs at 9 for 122, 30 runs short of Yanco’s total. The A Grade Carpheads will now turn their focus back to red ball cricket with the return of the Two Day format of the LDCA Competition where they will again take on Yanco Cricket Club on Saturday and Saturday February 2 and 9 at the Yanco Sportsground. All grades have a general bye this weekend for the Australia Day long weekend.