Not a good week­end for Blues

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SER­PEN­TINE Jar­rah­dale Blues en­dured a tough week­end in the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, los­ing all three of their games.

The re­al­i­ties of this sea­son’s pro­mo­tion came to fruition as both the first and third-grade sides were com­pre­hen­sively beaten by top club Cock­burn.

The first-grade side got off to a tremen­dous start as they re­duced Cock­burn to 4-35 and fur­ther good bowl­ing from Josh Harper (2-18), Kane Hoskin (2-22) and Damien Leipold (2-28) re­stricted their op­po­nents to 7-70.

How­ever, an un­beaten 75-run part­ner­ship al­lowed Cock­burn to set a to­tal of 145 for vic­tory and some good early bowl­ing saw the Blues slump to 2-9 in re­sponse.

The tal­ented Cock­burn bowl­ing at­tack never re­lented, and de­spite the best ef­forts of Kevin Fran­cis (27) and Ian Wood (29), they were dis­missed for a dis­ap­point­ing 89.

Mean­while, the third-grade side bat­ted first at Dav­i­lak Re­serve, but lost both open­ers with­out a run on the board.

Only Brad Chalmers (15) and Sam Merema (18) reached double fig­ures as the Blues were dis­missed for just 72, be­fore Cock­burn eas­ily sur­passed their to­tal, reach­ing 2-240.

The sixth-grade team hosted Madding­ton in a do or die match where the win­ner would con­test the one-day fi­nal.

The vis­i­tors were sent in and de­spite find­ing them­selves in early trou­ble at 2-23, they even­tu­ally made 146, as Yash Bass­ran (2-12) and Dave Babich (2-20) were the pick of the Blues’ bowlers.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Blues were un­able to muster a strong re­sponse, and de­spite Glen Tun­stall’s 35, they were dis­missed 34 runs short.

The 1C side was forced to for­feit.

SJ Blues sixth-grade bats­man Bryce Shersby hits a boundary.

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