IN A grade, the Southern Eurobodalla Pirates resumed their match with Eden, with both teams looking at setting up an outright win in day two of round 7. Leading by 11 runs on the first innings, the Pirates were hoping to dismiss Eden for a similarly low score as last week and then chase down that score in the afternoon session.
Despite taking an early wicket, the Southern Eurobodalla bowling attack struggled to contain the free hitting Eden batsmen, who had nothing to lose in attempting to compile a quick score, thus giving themselves a chance at an outright victory. C Spink (56), D Mudaliar (38) and M Spink (22) provided the backbone of the Eden innings, while Russell Thompson (3-24) was the most successful of the Pirates' bowlers.
At the tea break, Eden declared at 8-193, leaving Southern Eurobodalla 39 overs to make 183 runs for outright victory. While this run chase was an option for the Pirates, it was also fraught with danger and the tactical decision was made to protect first innings points by attempting to bat out time. Matt Moore (21 n.o.), Michael Filmer-Smith (34) and Les “The Doc” Roberts-Thomson (6) frustrating the Eden bowlers with their defensive play. This type of batting is not easy to maintain as it requires great concentration and the ability to stifle the natural instinct to attack.
Southern Eurobodalla finished the day on 3-78 to secure a solid victory over their more fancied opponents, moving past both Eden and Tathra to take second position on the A grade ladder. Bega – Angledale rocketed to the competition lead with an outright win against Pambula and next week's clash between the top two on the table should be a “cracker”!
Coach Frank “Boof” Caruana was especially pleased with the batting effort, pointing out that it was this sort of committed batting that would be invaluable during the upcoming finals series. He also praised the performance of Nathan Schaefer, who took eight wickets for the match (7-24 last week), and the fielding performance of the whole team, especially wicket keeper, Mick Stonehouse.
Once again, a huge thank you to our supportive sponsors, Club Narooma, Club Dalmeny, Narooma IGA, Shell Narooma, Richard Busuttil and Michaels at Dalmeny.