FOR the first time this season, the Southern Eurobodalla Pirates achieved a win in all grades on the same weekend! A grade had a resounding outright win against Pambula; B grade comfortably beat Tathra, while the C grade accounted for Wolumla.
A grade resumed their batting innings at 8-179 with Daniel Alderton, Josh Schaefer and Nick Mason (15 no) quickly pushing the score to 205, a lead of 144 over Pambula.
The Pirates' bowlers were then eager to duplicate their efforts of the previous week when they dismissed Pambula for only 61. They did not have long to wait, as Nick Mason (1-35) produced an in- swinging Yorker in his first over to shatter the stumps of the Pambula opening batsman. Elijah Blair (3-21) then took charge of the attack, taking the next three wickets to have Pambula in trouble at four wickets down and still needing 100 runs to make the Pirates bat again.
The introduction of Josh Schaefer to the bowling attack in the 20th over signalled the beginning of the end for Pambula. Despite carrying an elbow injury, Josh bowled extremely accurately to capture 4-17 from five overs.
Pambula's innings was brought to an end, with the score at 120, by a rocket – like throw from the boundary by Nathan Schaefer. It was a solid performance by the Pirates, winning by an innings and 24 runs. This result places them in second position on the ladder, just two points behind leaders Bega – Angledale.
Next week's final 2 day match against last season's premiers, Tathra, is of vital importance. A win would definitely secure second position and a home semi-final for the Pirates and also, if Bega – Angledale falter in their match against Eden, the minor premiership is a real possibility.
The B grade team faced Tathra at Bodalla and winning the toss, decided to bat first. A fantastic 100 run opening partnership between Jason Berry (73) and Alex Filmer-Smith (25) set a solid platform. Sam Young (25) contributed well, as did David Moran (17), Derek Clarke (12) and Tim Watson (12). At the end of their allotted 40 overs, the Pirates were 5 – 192.
In the field, the Pirates' fielding was enthusiastic and sharp. Wicket takers for the Pirates were Matt Klose (3-27). Jay Walpole (2-18), Trent Day (2-23), James McKay (2-26) and Derek Clarke (1-29).
The Pirates were always in control of the game, with Tathra being dismissed in the 34th over for 152 runs.
This win puts the B grade team in charge of their own destiny in pursuit of a top four position. With a bye next week, the equation is a simple one: a win against front runners Bega – Angledale in the last round of the season will assure them of fourth spot at the very worst.
Southern Eurobodalla V Wolumla: C Grade Report
THE Southern Eurobodalla C Grade side were at home to Wolumla at Klya Oval, Tuross Head on Saturday and claimed their second win in as many games. The Pirates won the toss and decided to bat first on the rain affected turf wicket.
Captain Boyd Brennan and new opener Luke Wiggins opened the batting and after a few shaky moments soon took control of the innings taking the score to 67 without loss at the first drinks break. Wiggins then brought up his half century and was well on his way to a big score before being dismissed for 60 with the score at 94. The wicket slowed the momentum of the home side with wickets coming at regular intervals and the scoring rate slowed. Brennan was finally out in the 40th over for a controlled 44, leaving the pirates total at 6/136 after 40 overs.
In reply the Wolumla side never threatened the total as they found the slow wicket hard going which was combined with some tight bowling and good fielding. Wickets came at regular intervals for the young pirate side as Wolumla were finally dismissed for 102. Best with the ball were Ben Potter on debut with 4/15 in a fine spell of off spin bowling, Ed Gwynne 2/12 in another fine spell of slow bowling, evergreen Jenny O'Brien 2/16 and Luke Wiggins 1/7 off 6 overs capping off a fine game. Next week the C grade side travels to Bega to take on one of the front runners of the competition.
Southern Eurobodalla Black V Red: Under 14's
THE two Southern Eurobodalla U14's locked horns in the battle for the Town and Country Cup. With wet weather in the morning the game was moved to Bodalla. The Black team won the toss and sent the Red team into bat and were soon in control of the game as their top order took to the hapless Black attack. The Red side finished with 3/147 with the following batsmen all retiring, Luke Wiggins 31, Jack Hydnes 23, Jamie DuField 21 and Darcy Knight getting 12. Best with the ball for the Black side were Lachlan Bice 2/11 and Josh Croker 1/11.
In reply the Black side found it hard going as the Red bowling and fielding made it hard to score. After their allotted overs the Black side finished at 4/94, with both Sam Jackson 16 and Ryan Sweeney 15 both retiring while Lachlan Brennan 13 was only other batsmen to make double figures. Best with the ball for the Red side were Jamie DuField 1/6, Jack Hydnes 1/9 and Liam DuField 1/13
While the season is over for the Black side, the Red side will travel to Merimbula to take on the ladder leaders for a place in the grand final.
Once again, a huge thank you to our supportive sponsors, Club Narooma, Club Dalmeny, Narooma IGA, Shell Narooma, Richard Busuttil and Michaels at Dalmeny.