Carpheads wicket keeper Connor Vearing keeps his eye on the prize in the B Grade grand final match against Leeton & District Yellow at the Narrandera High School oval.

Carpheads go down swinging in both grades

The Narrandera Carpheads A Grade team ended their season last weekend with a Two Day Preliminary Final loss against Leeton Soldiers Club Colts played at Yanco Sportsground.

In what was a very tough couple of days for the A Grade Carpheads but unfortunately two scores of under 100 in each innings were never going to be enough to secure victory.

The Carpheads won the toss and elected to bat first and lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 86 in 40 overs.

Only captain Brent Lawrence (15) and a hard fought and gutsy, well played 37 not out from lower order player Mark Tilyard were able to post double figure scores for the Carpheads in their first innings.

In reply the Leeton Soldiers Club Colts were led largely by a lone hand from star allrounder Hugh Collins who played beautifully for 97 to lead his team to a first innings total of 166, giving them a lead of 80 runs.

Best bowlers for Narrandera were Mick Foster with 4 for 30, Haydn Emerson 2 for 22 off 5 overs and Mark Tilyard who also toiled very hard with the ball, bowling without luck like he usually does to finish with 1 for 32 off 14 overs.

Given there was still a lot of time left in the game on Sunday, the Carpheads set about the task of chasing the 80 run lead down and setting a total to hopefully bowl at later in the day to put some pressure back on the Colts.

The Carpheads second innings got off to a strong start courtesy of vice-captain James Sullivan (21 runs) and Haydn Emerson (26 runs) however the middle order was decimated losing 3 for 1 just before lunch on Sunday to leave the Carpheads 5 for 52 at the break.

Captain Brent Lawrence, who injured his bicep tendon bowling in the first innings, came out to bat after lunch and threw caution to the wind scoring a quick fire 30 before he was the last man dismissed with the score on 87.

A highlight of the Carpheads second innings was 11 year old debutant Sam Williamson scoring his first A grade run and remaining not out at the end.

Well done and a big thank you to Sam who filled in for the team this weekend and worked hard in the field for his team. With only a seven run
lead both captains mutually agreed to call time on the game, with the first innings victory to the Colts seeing them meet Yanco Cricket Club in this weekend’s Two Day Grand Final.

The LDCA Presentation Night will be held on Friday March 29 at the Leeton Soldiers Club with many Carpheads in the running for individual awards. The Carpheads Presentation Night will be held at a date to be advised over the next few weeks.

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