Home' The Hamilton Spectator : HS-20131203 Contents 26 HAMILTON SPECTATOR Tuesday December 3 2013
LEADING THE CHARGE: Ali Ross played a significant role in St Mary's being able to post a commanding total of 7-163 in their A grade one-dayer against Byaduk on Saturday at Melville
Oval with an unbeaten innings of 77. Photo: ABBY HAMILTON 131130ah014
WICKET TAKER: Byaduk's Tim Robertson returned the figures of 2-25 in Saturday's A grade one-dayer against St Mary's at Melville Oval. Photo: ABBY HAMILTON 131130ah019
Demons assume favouritism
HDCA -- ROUND FIVE DAY TWO
MACARTHUR has assumed the mantle of favoritism
in the race for the Dundas Cup after IT defended a low
target against College at home in the Bendigo Bank
HDCA A Grade match of the round on Saturday.
It was the top of the ladder clash that all had been
looking forward to as the early season front runners of
the competition faced o .
Charlie Nield won the toss for the home side and had
no hesitation in batting rst on the hard wicket.
It appeared that Macarthur was going to post a big
total for the College to chase, but the game plan back-
red as the College bowlers maintained a brilliant line
and length against the Demons top order.
After a slow, cautious start the match came to life
as Angus Brown accepted two catches behind the
stumps from the Purcell brothers (Brady and Josh) to
set Macarthur back in its chase for victory.
Jason Schmidt gained the edge of Brady Purcell's bat
to send the opener on his way without scoring, while
Lachie Watt had Josh Purcell gone for only four as
Brown held onto the chance o ered.
At - Nield joined Michel Brilley in the middle and
a partnership was called for if a target that could be
defended was to be posted.
These are two of the best players in the competition
and together they saw the side through to the drinks
break without further loss, but with the addition of
only another runs.
The pair took their refreshments with the score
at - after overs and the visitors could be well
pleased with their work in the rst half of the innings
as the entire attack remained focused on the game
plan laid out before the match.
Upon resumption, Jack Landwehr gained the wicket
that he had been seeking as he clean bowled Brilley
Landwehr had sustained a great spell of bowling as
he had given up only two runs in his rst ve overs
and it appeared that Brilley had lost concentration
against the sustained attack of the young bowler.
Worse was to follow for the home side when the
opening attack was brought back on with immediate
e ect as three wickets fell quickly as Schmidt and
Watt cut a swathe through the middle order.
Firstly, the dangerous Nield was bowled by Watt for
only , and then Simon Sharrock was sent back to
the pavilion without scoring as Schmidt found a way
through his defence and nally Watt had Greg Carter
caught by Leigh Alexander for only six to leave the
It was not to be as he steamed in for the hat-
trick ball he overstepped the front line and the
call of no ball brought a groan from the expectant
But the damage had been done and at - Col-
lege was in trouble.
Heath Schmidt needed to nd a partner to
rebuild the innings and he found a willing ally in
Andrew Whale as the pair combined to push the
score along to in the th over.
Whale fell on the drinks break after giving
Schmidt great assistance as he tried to hit the
spin bowling of Simon Sharrock only to o er
Greg Carter a catch that brought the partnership
to a halt and he was gone for eight.
The Eagles needed to score at three runs per
over with seven wickets in hand and Schmidt was
still at the crease on and looking in control.
Landwehr came and went straight after the
resumption without scoring as Carter sent him
back to the hutch and Cam Penny joined Schmidt
looking to reel in the runs needed for victory.
They took the score to before Schmidt fell
for as Carter claimed his second wicket of the
innings as Brilley held onto the chance to send
the opener on his way.
At - it appeared that Macarthur was back in
the match and it was only the innings of Schmidt
that kept the visitors in the game.
Worse was to come for College as wickets
started to fall like -pins at a bowling alley, as the
batsmen failed to come to terms with the bowing
of Michael Brilley and the pressure of the match.
Brilley grabbed four wickets for only runs
as the lower order crumbled at his feet as rstly
Penny ( ) then Alexander ( ), Jason Schmidt ( )
and nally Thomas Bensch ( ) all failed.
After his rst four-overs, Brilley had - , as Col-
lege slumped to be - .
But there was still a twist in this game as the
nal wicket pair of Lachie Watt and Lachie Wark
tried to wag the tail of the chase, but they fell
short when the score had reached and the
collapse was complete.
Macarthur had captured nine College wickets
for only runs to completely turn a probable
loss into a stunning victory and claim the ladder
innings in tatters at - with overs remaining.
It looked likely that the Eagles would run through
the rest of the line-up, but all-rounder Christo Rook ...
together with Ian Brilley ( ) and Cody Herring ( no)
... guided the home side to a nal tally of - .
Rook had top scored with a valiant innings of no,
which gave his team a target to defend although it
appeared to be far from what was required.
Watt took the bowling honors as he grabbed - , but
his opening partner added a further two wickets to his
tally to sit second on the wicket takers list.
Not one of the bowlers performed badly and the Col-
lege team enjoyed its afternoon tea safe in the knowl-
edge that it had done its job with the ball, now it was
up to the batsmen to reel in this small target.
THE afternoon tea spread at Macarthur is legendary
and there must have been something extra special
in the brew as the home side came out ring after
the break to rock the College foundation as rstly
Hamish Bailey ( ) and then Angus Brown ( ) were
back in the pavilion after only six overs as Rook con-
tinued his day out.
He had the competition leading run scorer in
Bailey well caught by Nield with the fourth ball of
his third over and then held onto a return catch
from Brown with his next ball to set up a possible
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