Northcliffe on back foot from start
PEMBERTON got its season off to the best possible start with a comfortable 42-run win over Northcliffe at home on Saturday.
Batting first, Northcliffe began poorly losing captain Asa Lamb for a duck off the bowling of the wily John McKenzie.
Steve MacDonald and Brian McGregor went shortly after to leave Northcliffe at 3-26 before Wayne Smeathers and newcomer John Spilsbury got the innings back on track, putting on a partnership of 82.
The introduction to the bowling crease of recruits John and Sam Tempra proved decisive, bringing the dismissal of both Smeathers (40) and Spilsbury (39). From there, Northcliffe faltered to 149 after 45 overs.
Josh Tempra had an outstanding innings, claiming three wickets in his first game.
Pemberton’s run chase began shakily with both openers getting dropped early.
Swing maestro Mason Abbott was using the wintry conditions to perfection but couldn’t get the break through.
Peter Bamess and David Meehan put on a 65 before Abbott finally dismissed Meehan.
From there, Pemberton lost a steady stream of wickets to be 6-118, chasing a further 32 for victory.
With the game up for grabs, father and son Brendan and Callum Peet combined to take Pemberton past Northcliffe’s total.
Callum Peet, with skills of a surgeon, was able to dissect the field with ease and finished unbeaten on 55.
Mason Abbott, with two wickets, was the best of the bowlers.