Peak triumphs over Rudall

A GRADE

Darke Peak 7/226 def Rudall 146

Darke Peak won the toss and elected to bat.

J. Pearson and D. Harris started off for the home side and were holding off the opening bowlers well.

Harris went cheaply and J. Pearson made a start but both followed shortly to the R. Evans-H. Burton combination.

M. Ramsey did not stress the scorers, playing a mistimed pull shot straight to J. Burton off O. Price and Rudall had the upper hand early.

K. McCallum and B. Pearson were having trouble scoring freely with Rudall clamping down with tight fielding but inconsistent bowling helped the scoreboard to tick over.

O. Price claimed his second scalp catching B. Pearson leg before but this wicket would prove costly as D. Ramsey had his batting goggles on and was seeing quite a few to the boundary.

McCallum and Ramsey kept the scorers busy with a 135-run partnership until Ramsey thought the wedding dance floor was still on the oval, waltzed out to one of Smith’s twirlies and was sent home for 85.

K. McCallum batted out the rest of the innings and was unbeaten for 55 and R. Evans and AJ Slack were the pick of the bowlers but Rudall were unable to claim all the wickets bowling their 45.

AJ Slack and C. Evans were sent out to start the run chase for Rudall but did not trouble the scorers with Slack edging one straight to the comfort of J. Pearson’s belly button at slip off of M. Ramsey.

Evans skied one to mid off from K. McCallum, B. Wake was hoping he left his famous butterfingers home and safely took the catch.

Jonny Robert made the first runs off the bat for Rudall with a boundary and H. Burton was following suit.

The run rate was rising quickly with the first 42 runs being scored with boundaries, not even the first bowling change would hinder J. Noble’s power hitting as he was making easy work of the total and hard work for M. Noble’s chances of another batting aggregate.

It took the left arm of A. Butterfield and his first delivery to dismiss Noble, saying goodbye to his leg stump for an impressive 44 and the end of an 82 run partnership. Price came out to the middle and held his end whilst H. Burton kept things ticking over until he was caught off Butterfield for 1.

Smith needed to make a pile of runs to help save the innings for Rudall but he guided one to a loaded slips and M. Ramsey took it with cat-like reflexes off of Butterfield for a duck.

Jed Burton survived the pressure of the hat trick ball but did not get to bat with his brother for very long when H. Burton edged one through to Morrow off B. Pearson.

Hampel and Jed had a mountain of runs to get and did not look like giving any chances away until J. McCallum claimed two wickets in consecutive balls with Hampel being caught and J. Siviour claiming yet another prestigious golden globe award.

R. Evans made sure McCallum did not reach his hat trick goal and put on a further 20 runs with Burton until Harris had Burton caught for 22.

Lovegrove and Evans carried the total to the final score of 10/146 with Butterfield claiming his fourth wicket making him the pick of the bowlers with 4/15 off just 7.3 overs.