Darke Peak 8/260(cc) def Port Neill 200
SHOWERS rolled over the range in gloomy conditions as Darke Peak won the toss and chose to bat.
The pitch was moist and the ball slippery but Port Neill took on the challenge. Z. Meyer and D. Harris took on the skidding ball.
Meyer enjoyed the ball coming off the bat well until S. Masters sent down a juicy one and T. Davey took a simple catch on the cones.
Harris fell next as B. Lienert pushed a tempter outside off and Harris cut a rising ball to point, falling into the hands of young Bucky Siviour for a milestone first catch.
B. Pearson and M. Ramsey started to build a steady partnership until drinks with a few rain delays in between.
Pearson decided to attack and unfortunately came unstuck when he skied one to deep mid on and a difficult catch was taken by C. Prime.
D. Smith made a dent in the Peak line up, bringing B. Wake to the crease.
He displayed some good forehands and a few volleys and knocked up a quick half century before C. Llewelyn took his castle, J. Pearson was another victim for Smith who got four well earned wickets, D. Ramsey was not out on 46 and J. McCullum 1.
Davey and Llewelyn opened Port Neill's account and Davey's intentions were clear, the first over had three majors coming from it and this attacking form charged them to 68 until Davey tried to go aerial one too many times and was caught by B. Pearson off his own bowling.
The run rate did not slow as Masters made quick work of his tally with the help of a few dropped chances from the Peak, Llewelyn played a steady innings supporting his partners until the last ball before drinks edged to gully.
A freshened Masters continued his impressive ball striking and clubbed his way to 75 but was caught at long on by A. Butterfield off Meyer, J. Solly and Lienert did not score much and D. Hannemann struck a quick 16.
The tail was wagging by the time K. Hartwig came to the crease, bringing on the bowling change of Wake who claimed the prized wicket for a single digit score. K. McCallum made D Smith's walk back to shed a long one dismissing him for a duck, sending out the in form A. Hartwig with Prime.
They made the job hard for young N. Ramsey, the young boys battled for a few overs and put on a clinic for their fathers but Ramsey got his breakthrough when he bowled Prime and Siviour, giving Darke Peak the win.