Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale Blues back in top grade

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SER­PEN­TINE Jar­rah­dale Blues en­joyed a suc­cess­ful start to the cricket sea­son as all three teams recorded open­ing day vic­to­ries.

The first grade side claimed a seven-wicket vic­tory over Phoenix in its re­turn to the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (SMCA) First Grade com­pe­ti­tion at Briggs Park.

In­spired by a su­perb un­beaten knock from opener John Mur­phy (125 not out), the vis­i­tors chased down Phoenix’s 7-175 from 40 overs to fin­ish on 3-180.

Aaron Bal­lan­tyne (3-29) and Jar­rod Hid­ding (2-29) were the Blues best bowlers, while debu­tant Blake Smith (20 not out) was cru­cial in the run chase.

Last year’s flag-win­ning 5th grade team jumped two grades and looked to be in a spot of bother when they were dis­missed for just 94 by Phoenix.

Only Kim Ma­son (28) and Brett Lawrence (24) put up a fight as they lost their last 7 wick­ets for 23 runs.

How­ever, led by skip­per Matt Hill­yard (424) and vet­eran Brett Lawrence (3-8), the Blues re­cov­ered to dis­miss Phoenix for 69 and claim a stun­ning turn­around.

The Blues’ 6th grade team com­pleted the club’s win­ning start with a com­pre­hen­sive 62-run win over Ar­madale.

Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale man­aged just 8-101 and opener Neil Bartlett (40) was the only bats­man to make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion, but two early Ar­madale run outs gave them an ad­van­tage.

Open­ing bowlers Michael El­phin­stone (425) and young­ster Clay­ton Lawrence (3-14) were in­flu­en­tial as Ar­madale crum­bled to fin­ish all out for 39.

The 1C side com­mence their sea­son this week­end, while both 1st and 3rd grade meet Ar­madale and 6th grade take on Cockburn.

John Mur­phy in ac­tion and in­set, af­ter his cen­tury.

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