Sterling individual efforts make the difference
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.
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.