March to the fi­nals

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MARCH will be a busy month for the SJ Blues cricket club, with two weeks of reg­u­lar sea­son re­main­ing.

All four teams are guar­an­teed to be in­volved in the fi­nals.

The most no­table per­for­mance was from 1G side, which did not come into the com­pe­ti­tion un­til Round 7 and is now in fourth place.

On Sat­ur­day, 2nd Grade tied up sec­ond spot with a com­fort­able win over River­ton-Ros­trata.

SJ re­sumed at 2-34 chas­ing the host’s score of 150.

Solid con­tri­bu­tions from Ryan Makarov (41), Dean Ful­ford (59) and Damien Leipold (55) al­lowed SJ to post 225 in re­ply.

5th Grade also recorded a com­fort­able home vic­tory over Jan­dakot Park.

Chas­ing 252, the vis­i­tors made no ef­fort to chase down their tar­get, in­tent on oc­cu­py­ing the crease and frus­trat­ing the SJ bowlers.

In very hot con­di­tions SJ stuck to the task and were re­warded by dis­miss­ing Jan­dakot for 114 in the 60th over.

Matt Hill­yard (3-13) and Kim Ma­son (3-18) were the pick of the bowlers. SJ was 1-56 at stumps. An un­ex­pected 36-run loss to the sec­ond bottom side was not what the SJ 1C team needed.

Send­ing Can­ning­ton into bat seemed to pay div­i­dends with early wick­ets but a mid­dle or­der re­vival al­low the hosts to post a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 182.

The loss of three early wick­ets set SJ back and they never threat­ened their tar­get.

The 1G side won by for­feit over Kelm­scott, who turned up with only eight play­ers and chose to for­feit.

SJ Blues 5th grade bowler James Bakota ap­peals for a catch.

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