The Leeton and District Cricket Association began their cricket season on the weekend, and the Narrandera Carpheads have begun their season with a win.
The A Grade Carpheads had a win against the Yanco Cricket Club. The Carps won the toss and elected to bowl first, putting the pressure on Yanco’s young batting line up.
Yanco’s first batsman Matt Dedini was run out by Connor Vearing, while Carps captain Brent Lawrence was able to bowl out Gus Boulton for a duck.
Lachie Jess, back after a year off last year, picked up a wicket in his first over, before B grade captain Dave Kroek came on to rip through Yanco’s middle order. Kroek took 4-12 from his four overs as Yanco fell to 6-46.
Jack Williamson bowled well without luck, but it was pressure in the field that led to the next breakthrough with Williamson combining with Vearing to run out Jason Burke for 18.
Jono Doyle trapped Dave Tiffen LBW two balls later, and shortly after that two more run-outs ended the innings, Yanco bowled out for 79.
The Carpheads chase didn’t start well, losing Doyle second ball for a duck before Jess (one) and Emerson (two) soon departed leaving Narrandera struggling at 3-7.
Lawrence and Dillion Penhall combined for 21 before Penhall skied one and was out for eight. Ash Cabban added four before he was dismissed, the match in the balance at 5-40.
Tom Butterfield joined Lawrence as the pair batted sensibly to chip away at the remaining 40 runs, Lawrence finishing 37 not out and Butterfield 10 not out as the Carpheads reached 5-80, a good five wicket win.
“It was great to kick off the season with a win,” said Carps captain Brent Lawrence.
“It was particularly pleasing considering we had so many of our regular A grade cricketers out. I can’t fault the effort off all 11 players on the weekend,” he said.
The LDCA chose this year to play in a Twenty20 format, believing that changes needed to be made to keep players involved.
“It was exciting with T20s introduced this year, as well as the A/B grade double headers that will happen throughout the year,” said Dave Kroek.
“We had lots of changes from the end of last year, with five or six of our side having played mostly B grade last year. It was good to see Connor Vearing make his A grade debut and Haydn Emerson playing his first game for our club, with both contributing positively in the field,” he said.
There have been some considerable changes to the line up this year, with club president Rowan Rehwinkel moving into semi-retirement and former captain Lachie Jess returning to the team.
Both men were full of praise for the A grade side.
“Dave Kroek bowled a superb spell at a really crucial time in Yanco’s innings,” Mr Lawrence said.
“Jack Williamson while not getting a wicket bowled a relentless line and length which is what you need to build pressure in Twenty20 cricket.
“Tom Butterfield displayed a cool head under pressure to help get us over the line with the bat. It was nice personally to be able to contribute with the bat as well,” Mr Lawrence said.
Mr Kroek was more stoic about the Carpheads’ win.
“I think we’ll only get better, with a few blokes to come back in to the side as well as everyone else being better for the run.”
It’s always good to win the first game, and we’ll start looking ahead to our first B/A grade double header at Narrandera Park next Saturday. Everyone is looking forward to it,” he said.