CRICKET: Strike cops another belting
TERRITORY Strike crashed to another big loss yesterday in their SACA Redbacks League clash against the Eastern Edge.
The Strike looked in control batting second when Jake Weatherald (52) and Ben Wakim (56) took them to 1-134 in pursuit of their 251-run target.
But ordinary batting from the moment Edge quick Daniel Worrall trapped Wakim in front of his stumps signalled the start of a big collapse.
Nine wickets fell for 61 runs as the Edge bowlers took advantage of some nervous batting, leg-spinner Lloyd Pope grabbing three wickets to be the pick of the Croweaters attack.
Wakim said batting on a “tired’’ wicket and losing wickets in clumps had contributed to his side’s second straight loss.
“We probably need to identify the new batsmen at the crease, rotate the strike and not panic by keeping on top of the run rate,’’ he said.
“We play the Northern Mavericks next Saturday and we’ll keep learning, the boys are getting some good opportunities, so I’m confident we’ll bounce back.’’
Earlier, a familiar face haunted the Strike bowling when Southern Districts recruit Alex Ross made a quickfire 82 from 78 balls at No.4 in the batting order to share in a century stand with opener Henry Dall.
Most of the batting fireworks were at Kahlin Oval where Papua New Guinea beat the Western Grit by three wickets.
The Grit made 4-260 on the back of a 68-ball cameo from Callum Ferguson which produced 91 runs.
The former Test player hit six boundaries and cleared it five times.
But it was not enough to beat PNG, more particularly Mahura Dai, who hit seven boundaries and nine big sixes to get his side over the line.
Ben Pengelley (Western Grit) plays and misses as Zac Chapman (NT Strike) stands ready on Saturday at Marrara Cricket Ground