THE STREAK CONTINUES: Phantoms player Matt Dedini’s solid opening stand wasn’t enough to get his team their first win of the season against a strong Narrandera side. The Narrandera Carpheads put in another dominant performance over the weekend in the Leeton District Cricket Association first grade competition.
Coming into the match Narrandera had lost just one game and were sitting top of the ladder.
The Phantoms were on the other end of the spectrum, winless and sitting last on the ladder.
Despite the disparity in season points, it was the Phantoms who got off to the better start after losing the toss and being sent into bat.
John Gray (2) was the first to go butMatt Dedini and Steven Weckert got things right back on track.
The pair put on 33 before the Carpheads’ bowlers kicked it up a notch.
Brent Lawrence and Jonathon Doyle had the ball on a string for the rest of the game as they ripped through the Phantoms’ middle order.
They Phantoms lost 4-13 which left them 5-58.
Ryan Thurgood (18) pushed his side to 72 but and in form Lawrence crushed any hopes that the Phantoms may have had.
He claimed the scalps ofJohn Hill (6), Thurgood andDavid Haskins (0) all with the score sitting on 72.
Jacob Anderson andJack Cox chipped in at the end with a wicket each to dismiss the Phantoms for 86.
Lawrence was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 5-15 off eight overs. This addedto his total of the nine wickets he had coming into the match. He now boasts the ridiculous average of 3.2 with ball in hand for theseason.
It seemed there was nothing Lawrence couldn’t do as he opened the batting and immediately got the Carpheads off to a flyer.
When his opening partnerTom Robinson was dismissed by Weckert for six, the score was already on 43.
Weckert made it two in two balls as he claimedShannon Jess for a golden duck. This was the last piece of joy the Phantoms would have though.
Carpheads captainJacob Anderson came to the crease and didn’t miss a beat on the way to a comprehensive eight wicket win.
Lawrence finished 43 not out off 48 balls while Anderson finished better than a run a ball for his 34 not out.
The win solidified the Carpheads’ spot on top of the ladder while the Phantoms are still searching for that first win of theseason.
The Carpheads take on LSC Colts this week while the Phantoms battle it out against Yanco Hotel.
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