Cleve 9/186 def Darke Peak 10/143
CLEVE hosted Darke Peak on Saturday, with both sides desperate for a win to gain traction on a congested table.
The victor was guaranteed outright second behind runaway leaders Rudall with only a few rounds to play.
Peak skipper Brodie Pearson won the toss and opted to bowl first.
It looked a masterstroke when he removed his Cleve counterpart Ben Shannon in the second over for one, plum leg before wicket.
His opening partner Nathan Byrnes was unfazed however, hitting the ball sweetly on his way to 46.
At the other end however, no batsman could get a start.
When Byrnes was dismissed the Bombers were teetering at 5/80.
Pat Jenner showed his experience however, batting exceptionally with a young tail, to see his side through to 9/186 from their 45 overs.
Jenner top scored with 55, and was ably supported by young Regan Taheny at the death who contributed a brisk 20.
Pick of the bowlers for Darke Peak was Jess Kenny, who bowled with unerring accuracy to claim 3/25.
Peak’s run chase began brightly, with Stutley and Meyer batting with intent, putting on an opening stand of 37. Cleve took three quick wickets however, to have the match back in their favour at 3/51.
Young Jez Schubert was timing the ball superbly but when he fell to an unbelievable caught and bowled from Kwaterski, the visitors’ chase lost all momentum.
The experienced Damon Ramsey did everything he could to resurrect his team’s innings but with a steady loss of wickets at the other end, his 50 was not enough to haul in the target.
Darke Peak were dismissed in the 35th over for 143.
Pick of the bowlers was Kwaterski, who claimed 2/19 and bowled with good pace.
A special mention must go to young gun Angus Turner who bowled with great maturity to claim a well deserved two wickets.
Cowell 10/190 lost to Rudall 10/193
Yet again the grim weather reflected Cowell’s demeanor after experiencing another lost toss by captain Zac Crabb (25).
Cowell had a very different team this week due to player availability, however, it did not necessarily mean that they were worse off.
M. Noble (56, 3/27) and B. Hampel (80) opened the batting for the undefeated Rudall and looked to be making easy work of the Cowell bowling attack.
Things were not looking good for Cowell with the fielders looking for any excuse to pass the blame, such as uneven surface or slippery hands.
If it were not for the heroic efforts of W. Piggott (4/27) taking three unbelievable catches in the outfield, Rudall’s total would have run away from Cowell like an unchained roo dog in the middle of town. Rudall ended up with 10/193.
Z.Crabb (25) started well and was the anchor for the early innings.
M. Norris (34) and G. Starr (51) did some serious damage to the Rudall bowling attack with their assault bringing the total within grasp.
Cowell needed four runs to win off seven balls to keep their final hopes alive.
Unfortunately for Cowell, M. Noble stood up in the second to last over, taking the two final wickets and leaving Cowell four runs short.