The Narrandera Carpheads A Grade side recorded its third win of the year at the Marie Bashir Park on Saturday with a hard fought 24 run victory over the Leeton and District Ferrets.
After a strong start from openers Jono Doyle (17 runs) and Mick Foster (32 runs) the Carpheads lost three quick wickets meaning a big effort was required from the middle and lower order.
New player to the club Haydn Emerson led the rescue mission with a gritty, hard fought 38 not out and was well supported by Jarrod O’Brien, Kane Williams and Brodie Perram to ensure Narrandera were bowled out with only one over to spare in their allotted 40 overs.
Set 146 runs to win, L&D got off to a strong start and were well placed at 1 for 60 at the halfway mark of their innings.
Enter talented young Carpheads quick Jack “Ken Doll” Williamson who singlehandedly tore the heart out of the Ferrets’ batting line-up claiming 5 for 19 off 6 overs.
This was Jack’s first five wicket haul in A grade and it was a great reward for an outstanding youngster who works hard on his game. Well done Jack!
A Grade captain Brent Lawrence played second fiddle to his young quick claiming 3 for 22 off his 8 overs.
“It was a great effort and now we have to keep the ball rolling towards the Christmas break with a few more wins,” Lawrence said.
The Carpheads B grade side had a tight two wicket win on Saturday at Leeton High School over L&D Blue to remain undefeated in the competition.
Bolstered by the return to cricket of pace spearhead Cooper Irons the Carps restricted L&D to 9/115 from 35 overs.
In reply Tom Butterfield and Connor Vearing led the way, with Butterfield’s unbeaten half century getting Narrandera home as they finished 8/116 with six overs to spare.
Wicket takers: Dave Kroek 3-11 off 7, Cooper Irons 3-12 off 7, Brody Whiteman 2-11 off 1, Jono Schofield 1-20 off 5. Top run scorers: Tom Butterfield 56 not out, Connor Vearing 29, Jake Grant 9, Sundries 6.
Schofield took two catches, with Irons, Butterfield, Vearing and Ash Cabban taking one each. Butterfield earned himself the players player mug for his 56*, 0-5 off 5 overs and a catch.
In the Milliken Shield Narrandera’s young represenative players made it 3 from 3 for the Carps at the weekend weekend with a 23 run victory over Hillston. Their next game is on Sunday when they host Ardlethan/Barellan at the Mrie Bashir Park..