Marist prevail in arm wrestle
Harvey-Benger Cricket Club second grade struggled against Marist’s medium pacers after it elected to bat first in Harvey on Saturday.
After overnight rain, the covers were removed revealing a wicket that had some moisture in the surface.
The home side lost regular wickets to be 5-27, although a couple of middle order partnerships gave them some hope before eventually being dismissed for 97 off 37 overs.
Hamish Minton (22) and Scott Fowler (19) were the top scorers for the home side with Louis Mazza taking 3-19 off 10 overs.
In reply, Harvey-Benger were able to take their first wicket when the score was 12 but Marist raced to 1-32 off seven overs.
Tight bowling and defensive batting made the game an armwrestle with Marist scoring the next 70 runs off 30 overs, while losing three more wickets.
Francois Roelofsz was the best bowler for Harvey-Benger with 2-10 off eight overs.
Second grade will face Eaton next week.
Harvey-Benger third grade fell to their second defeat of the season on Saturday, losing by five wickets to Marist.
After losing the toss, HarveyBenger were sent in to bat in tricky conditions.
A good second-wicket partnership between Cam Pfitzner (25) and Tim Fitzgerald (25) saw the score push close to 50 before Pfitzner was given out LBW.
This triggered a mini collapse with Harvey-Benger falling to 5-58. Luke Pfitzner (19) and Ethan Allen-Hancock (24) were able to put up some resistance but wickets fell at regular intervals and Harvey-Benger were dismissed for 117.
In the chase for wickets Darren Bozanich was brought into the attack early getting two breakthroughs (2-29, six overs).
Josh Adornetto also proved difficult for Marist (1-23, seven overs).
Turning back the clock, John Crognale produced an inspired spell of spin bowling (1-12, eight overs) to put some jitters into the Marist lower order.
But ultimately there weren’t enough runs to defend as Marist reached the total with five wickets in hand.
Hamish Minton was solid scoring 22 in his team loss to Marist.
This aerial shot shows the Harvey-Benger Cricket Club facing off against a dangerous Marist squad in Harvey on Saturday.
Harvey-Benger captain Scott Fowler scored a handy 19.