Great Flinders cricketCockaleechie 4/191 def Cummins 6/183WITH harvest underway eager juniors were called upon to complete the teams on Saturday, November 14,giving Matt Forster and son Jedthe opportunity to play their first game together forCockaleechie.
Cummins batted first and openers Steve Fuller and Todd Coleman gotthe scoreboard ticking over with Coleman welcoming Matt Forster back for his first gamesince breaking his leg earlier in the year by dispatching his fourth ball over the boundary, only for Forster to return serve in his next over to clean bowl Coleman.
Jesse Rule was toiling without luck from the top end as the new pair progressed the score to 70before Fuller top edgedBilly Pilgrim’s first delivery to be caught by his brotherCody for a feisty 37.
When Cummins captain Mitch Barnes followed one run later,the inexperienced batting lineup was exposed with the wily Smith the only recognised batsman.
But the youngsters understood what was required and proceeded todig in while Smith went about accumulating runs with more than handycontributions from Brody Miller (14) and Charlie Buddle (18) to bat the full allotment of 45 overs andamass a more than defendable 6/183 with Smith the standout on 85 not out.
For the bowling sideMatt Forster and acting captain Ben Quigley got twowickets each while youngster Jed Forstermade the most of his opportunities taking 1/16 in the closing stages of theCummins innings.
Cockaleechie required a fortified reply from their senior players and openers Ben Quigley and MattForster provided a solid partnership,before Forster played down the wrong line to a Matt Nicholls slower ball to be adjudged LBWfor a gallant 34 with the score on 47.
Quigleyput the foot down and scored freely, unafraid to hit over the infield or pickgaps as each ball required to add 67 with Billy Pilgrim before Pilgrim was well caughtbehind off the impressive bowling of Paddy Newman with the score on 114.
With bothteams sensing the next partnership was crucial, Cummins talisman Steve Fuller came on to bowlwhat the uninitiated may describe as early Christmas gifts as he appeared to pull the pin out and lobhand grenades down the other end of the pitch combined with the odd arm ball that came throughdecidedly faster. This combination enticed Quigley to hit across the line for anotherboundary only to have the bails somersault their way to earth and be on his way for 58with the score on 124. Cody Pilgrim was joined by Jesse Rule in the middle and the game waswell in the balance.
The batsmen playedwatchfully to find gaps and change the strike regularly before upping the ante in the 31st over.Pilgrim hit consecutive boundaries to get to within 11 runs of victory before being caughtoff the bowling of Buddle for 36.
Kit Williams joined Rule and his batting could bestbe described as unorthodox, which was perhaps the catalyst for Rule forcing the issue and gettingCockaleechie over the line in the 36th over for 22 not out.
While Cummins lacked a truespearhead, they were served well by all bowlers especially the younger brigade ofPaddyNewman, Jack Treloar, Charlie Buddle, Dylan Doudle and captain Mitch Barnes. All Cockaleechie batsmen valued their wickets and contributed accordingly fortheir first win.
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