Ar­madale teams crum­ble

Comment News (Armadale) - - Sport -

AR­MADALE Cricket Club suf­fered a dis­as­trous first day of the new sea­son as all three teams lost.

First Grade be­gan its flag defence with a 36-run loss to Leem­ing, who they de­feated in the grand fi­nal last year.

Ar­madale won the toss, send­ing Leem­ing in to bat, and looked strong early as four early wick­ets for Harry Brad­shaw on his first grade de­but re­duced them to 5-74.

How­ever, Leem­ing got back on top and looked dan­ger­ous at 5-131 be­fore Ar­madale took three wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion.

Leem­ing’s tail wagged and it was able to post 9-176 off their 40 overs, while Ar­madale stum­bled to 3-28 in re­sponse.

Jor­dan Arm­strong made an im­pres­sion in his first grade de­but for the club as they smashed eight sixes on his way to 85.

No other bats­man made dou­ble fig­ures as Ar­madale were rolled for 140.

Third Grade went down to Leem­ing, who bat­ted first and looked com­fort­able at 1-76.

Stacey Bar­rett (3-21) and Su­nil Pandey (3-23) bowled beau­ti­fully to re­duce Leem­ing to 8-123.

Nathan Dug­gan (1-18 off 8), Alex Pass (1-26) and Paul Ed­wards (0-8 off 5) were also im­por­tant.

In re­ply, Ar­madale never got go­ing and were all out for 89, with Paul Ed­wards (18) and Daniel Sawyer (13) the top scor­ers.

Sixth grade went down to Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale, who were kept to 8-101 by Antony Fedale (2-6 off eight overs), James Og­den (2-19 off seven overs) and Liam Pick­ett (2-24).

How­ever, they could make only 39 in re­sponse as their bat­ting or­der crum­bled.

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