Mixed bag for first round

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

Kuk­erin-Dum­b­leyung, Pin­gelly-Noonebin and Har­ri­smith-Du­dinin notched up first round wins in the Up­per Great South­ern Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion at the week­end.

Bats­men strug­gled in Cuballing on Satur­day as Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung took to the crease first.

Matt Gil­fel­lon and Dame Leo opened the bat­ting for the vis­i­tors. Cuballing’s Grady Fran­cis struck first early, send­ing Gil­fel­lon back to the dress­ing room for a duck — caught by Blair For­rest.

Leo went on to score 16, the third high­est run scorer for his side be­hind Kalan Joyce fin­ish­ing on 35 and Sam Pearce 34.

Tier­nan Paice col­lected 3-12 off six overs and Joe Dowl­ing 3-27 off 10 overs — the most dam­ag­ing bowlers for Cuballing, bowl­ing the vis­i­tors all out for 124 off 44 overs.

Even with a mod­est to­tal to chase, Cuballing’s bats­men strug­gled.

Opener Brock Fran­cis led his side with the bat, com­pil­ing 44 runs be­fore be­ing dis­missed by Joyce.

Paice, bat­ting at num­ber nine, made 18 runs to be the sec­ond high­est scorer for Cuballing.

Cuballing was even­tu­ally bowled out for 102 off 37 overs.

David Head was Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung’s most dan­ger­ous in at­tack with 4-34 off 10 overs, fol­lowed by Scott Grey with 3-25 off 8.3 overs.

Open­ers Tom Blechyn­den and Tyson Kirk led Pin­gelly/Noonebin to the top of the lad­der with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Wan­der­ing.

Their part­ner­ship of 64 put the home side in con­trol be­fore Kirk was dis­missed on 34, while Bl­ey­chyn­den went on to make 49.

Cameron Hill (34) and Jor­dan Hughes (30) also made strong con­tri­bu­tions while Bill Schorer was dam­ag­ing with the ball tak­ing 4-22 off four overs.

Pin­gelly/Noonebin fin­ished their 45 overs on 8-171.

Wan­der­ing faced an up­hill bat­tle with the bat, los­ing opener Lin­coln Joy (run out) and first drop Carl Gar­rick for ducks.

Sec­ond drop Bryan Hardie and tail-en­der Bai­ley Par­sons pro­vided Wan­der­ing with the ma­jor­ity of their to­tal with scores of 48 and 46 re­spec­tively.

How­ever Par­sons’ dis­missal in the 43rd over dashed Wan­der­ing’s hopes of col­lect­ing the points, as the team were all out three balls later for 142.

Blechyn­den col­lected 3-23 off six overs, while Hill snared 2-15 from eight overs.

A mon­ster 144-run part­ner­ship by Per­rin Quar­ter­maine and Liam Sweeney was not enough to se­cure a Towns’ vic­tory in Har­ri­smith.

Opener Quar­ter­maine bat­ted through the in­nings to com­pile a fan­tas­tic cen­tury and fin­ish un­beaten on 113.

Sweeney was also im­pres­sive, mak­ing 87 runs be­fore be­ing caught by Dan Bay­ley off Arron Quar­ter­maine in the 38th over.

Towns posted 2-223 with Adam Grey tak­ing Har­ri­smith’s other wicket — Ben Woodruff on nine runs.

Har­ri­smith started their chase strongly, be­fore Adrian Dabi­nett bowled Bay­ley for five on the last ball of the sixth over with the home side on 32.

Jamie Miller led the way for Har­ri­smith, fin­ish­ing on 93 af­ter be­ing dis­missed in the 33rd over by Daniel Rod­er­ick, who took two wick­ets for the day.

Wade Ang­win (3) and Adam Gray (16) saw out Har­ri­smith’s in­nings, reach­ing the tar­get of 224 with five wick­ets in hand at the end of the 41st over.

Pic­ture: Adrian Dabi­nett

Per­rin Quar­ter­maine leads the com­pe­ti­tion’s bat­ting af­ter round one, af­ter fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 113.

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