Ledingham celebrates in style
THORNLIE Lions Cricket Club enjoyed mixed fortunes over the weekend in its South Metropolitan Cricket Association fixtures.
Fourth grade travelled to Cockburn for its two-day game and initially struggled with the ball as its opponents reached 106 runs before losing a wicket.
Good bowling from Mark Urbas (2-36) and youngster Curtis Holmes (5-45) helped trigger a mini-collapse before Cockburn fought back to reach 223 all out.
In response, the Lions crumbled late in the day, falling to 3-24 at stumps.
Thornlie’s 1A team fared better, batting first against Safety Bay and finishing on a commendable 250.
Dan Solari’s 87, which included nine sixes and six fours, and Jack Horner’s 50 set up the large total, before the bowlers ripped through Safety Bay’s batsmen to dismiss them for 149. In his 300th game, Paul Ledingham finished with 3-41 as the pick of the bowlers.
The 1D side fell to a strong South Bertram Districts side in its one day clash, with Scott Cooper’s 37 the high point of their 158 runs.
The team regrouped well and looked to have the upper hand when it reduced Bertram to 5-56, but struggled to break down Bertram’s middle and lower order as it eventually cruised to 219 in reply.
Thornlie’s 1F side rounded off the day with a comprehensive win, claiming victory over Phoenix.
It held its opponents to 7-99 in 35 overs, with Hayden Maher (2-19) the Lions’ best bowler.
In response, Mike Irwin (34) and Calvin Ridley (30) steered Thornlie to 126, enough for victory.