CRICKET: Strike cops an­other belt­ing

NT News - - MAD MONDAY - GREY MOR­RIS

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.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

Ben Pen­gel­ley (West­ern Grit) plays and misses as Zac Chap­man (NT Strike) stands ready on Satur­day at Mar­rara Cricket Ground

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