Ster­ling in­di­vid­ual ef­forts make the dif­fer­ence

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

In­di­vid­ual per­for­mances again dom­i­nated dis­cus­sion dur­ing the lat­est week­end of the Kook­aburra Sports Ger­ald­ton Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

In the un­der-12s, Don­gara White (2-2) are within touch­ing dis­tance of the top four af­ter their im­pres­sive vic­tory over Wan­der­ers Black (1-3) at home.

De­spite win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the vis­i­tors were un­able to tame White’s resur­gent bowl­ing bri­gade and were bowled out for 73 off 23.1 overs.

Lead­ing the charge were Kodi Gil­trow (2-0) and Meg Spald­ing (2-3), who both con­tinue to play at an ex­cep­tion­ally high level.

Towns (3-1) were in­spired by a solid un­beaten 52 from Jasper March against Bluff Point-Strathal­byn (2-2), which was enough for them to se­cure a 10-run win.

Don­gara Blue (3-1) showed no mercy against Chap­man Val­ley-Northamp­ton (0-4), dish­ing out a thrash­ing at GBSC Sports Park No.3.

The Val­ley Rams won the toss and sent Blue in to bat — and by the end of the in­nings po­ten­tially re­gret­ted the de­ci­sion.

Blue torched the Val­ley Rams in the field, with open­ers Archie Bougouard (49) and Jeremy Bed­ford (48) both re­tir­ing not out.

Blue even­tu­ally con­cluded on 6-144 from their 25 overs, but no one could pre­dict what hap­pened next.

The Val­ley Rams were all out for 11 in only eight overs, with Ryan Feather­stone (3-1) one of many get­ting among the wick­ets.

Wan­der­ers Gold (4-0) showed no signs of slow­ing down in their game against Sports­mans (1-3), de­spite another solid in­nings from Spor­ties ace Eddy Grice.

In the un­der-14s, Gold (2-0) were also un­beaten af­ter their 100-run vic­tory over Sports­mans (0-2), while Towns (2-0) also are blem­ish free, largely through the bowl­ing of Toby Ke­effe, who took four wick­ets and bowled eco­nom­i­cally against Wan­der­ers Black (0-2).

Sun­day was another huge day for in­di­vid­ual ef­forts in the un­der-17s, with Joel Groessler’s in­nings of 97 from 95 balls car­ry­ing Towns Blue (1-1) to an easy 126-run win over Sports­mans (0-2).

Un­for­tu­nately for Groessler, who was on 97 head­ing into the fi­nal over of Blue’s in­nings, he was un­able to gain the strike un­til the fi­nal ball.

Once there, he at­tempted to tonk the ball past the bowler, which looked like a cer­tain bound­ary to bring up his cen­tury.

Alas, a Spor­ties hand stopped the ball and Groessler was de­nied.

Wan­der­ers (2-0) were able to re­strict Towns White (1-1) to 6-128 in the re­main­ing game of the round, be­fore Hud­son Toomey (50) and Ger­ard “Ringo” McKenna (45) took con­trol of the run chase and aided their side in reach­ing 9-156 at the close of play.

Un­der-12s Wan­der­ers Black all-rounder Louis Camp­bell.

Don­gara White’s Meg Spald­ing comes in to bowl against Wan­der­ers Black.

Pictures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy and Marissa White

Un­der-12s Chap­man Val­ley-Northamp­ton bowler Jack Hills.

Tal­ented un­der 12s Sports­mans bats­man Ben In­gle.

Un­der-12s Wan­der­ers bowler Austyn Moulds in ac­tion against Sports­mans.

Un­der-12s Wan­der­ers Black all rounder Charli Bidwell.

Kodi Gil­trow took 2-0.

Un­der-12s Sports­mans bats­man An­gelo Pa­radella.

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