Port Neill chases Rudall for win


Port Neill v Rudall

Port Neill hosted the Rudall junior cricketers in the last game for the season before finals.

Both teams had a lot to play for, with the winner taking second spot and earning the double chance against Cleve for a shot at the grand final, and the loser slipping to third to play Lock in the first semi final next week.

Rudall won the toss and decided to bat, with Hannemann and B. Matters opening cautiously against some sharp and accurate bowling.

McDonough struck first finding the edge from Matters to have the visitors at one for nil, and then one for 11 when Hannemann (five) skied a catch to Ramsey.

Smith was bowling beautifully from the other end, first removing the stumps from C. Matters (two), then A. Bammann and D. Bammann, finishing his six overs with three for six, and having Rudall in deep trouble at five for 25, and only seven of those runs coming from the bat.

Crosby came to the crease and batted well to steady one end, but couldn't find a partner to hang around with him, as the last five batsmen could only manage five between them.

Masters picked up three for 23, with Crosby retiring for a well made 26 and Peters stranded at the other end on nil not out with four overs remaining.

Rudall finished at 9/64, but Port Neill would be disappointed with the 26 extras they gave them.

In reply Port Neill got off to a good start until McDonough trod on his stumps.

Hannemann was bowling well and had Ramsey caught at mid wicket.

He also bowled Turner to complete his spell with three for 11.

At the other end Dolling had a few short balls dealt with severely by Smith, who retired for a quick 25, also sealing the association batting trophy in the process.

With the game won by the 18th over, Port Neill's tail end batsmen had a chance to bat out some overs, but were not up to the task as Roberts, Dunn and B. Matters all picked up singles.

Crosby also starred with the ball, cleaning up the tail with three for five from two overs, including an excellent catch by Dunn.

Port Neill managed to make an easy chase look hard but got there in the end, winning by six runs with eight overs to spare.