Man­ning cen­tury in­spires As­cot

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - Colin Wilson

As­cot Cricket Club 1st Grade: As­cot 263 (Man­ning 100, Cata­nia 82) and 7-100 (Thiele 38) d Mt Law­ley 112 (Dal­ton 3-34, Mezger 3-41, Long 2-17)

Dan Man­ning was the master craftsman, post­ing a near fault­less stylish cen­tury. It is only the sec­ond ton for Man­ning, his maiden cen­tury com­ing in 2005/06 and his 12 bound­aries rep­re­sent a ca­reer best for him in an in­nings. His part­ner was Dave Cata­nia who was pa­tience per­son­i­fied, scor­ing a soli­tary sin­gle from the first 38 balls he re­ceived. Even­tu­ally dis­missed for 82, Cata­nia has now scored 44no, 30no, 61 and 82 in his As­cot ca­reer for a stag­ger­ing av­er­age of 108.50. 3rd Grade: Carlisle 141 (As­ghar 4-40, Ham­ling 3-60) and 74 (McMur­ray 5-20, Paulraj 222) d As­cot 118 (Cun­ning­ham 53, Setty 21)

Open­ing pair Ja­son Ham­ling and Ali As­ghar opened the wounds early for Carlisle at 2-9 with a wicket apiece. With a stand ap­proach­ing 50, Arun 'Mus­cles' Paulraj /Kumar was the cat­a­lyst for a pro­ces­sion of Carlisle wick­ets. Ali re­turned to ac­tion and the As­ghar/Ham­ling com­bi­na­tion was ir­re­sistible, snar­ing three of the next four wick­ets for just 14 runs. As­ghar then ended the knock of a big-hit­ting tailen­der and Dave Atchison closed the in­nings. 4th Grade: As­cot 7-212d (Wills 55, Sym­cox 53, Meikle 51, Delaney 20) d Stir­ling 96 (Mont­gomery 3-22, Ring 2-0, Sym­cox 2-10, Kumar 2-22) and 83 (Mont­gomery 4-12, Evans 2-6, Sym­cox 2-18, Sharma 2-23)

It was ex­pe­ri­ence plus (982 games) in the open­ing com­bi­na­tion of Rob ‘Pud’ Meikle and Sym­cox and they put Stir­ling to the sword with ease. The stand re­alised 84 be­fore Pud had his stumps re­ar­ranged, but not be­fore post­ing his 77th ca­reer half-cen­tury. First in­nings points were gained just be­fore stumps and quick runs must be fore­most in As­cot’s think­ing next week if an out­right is to be achieved. 5th Grade: Leed­erville 199 (Hal­lows 3-39, Easwaran 2-44) d As­cot 96 (Dun­can 20no) and 3-95 (Hayes 40, Hart 24no)

From cho­co­lates (6-263) to boiled lol­lies (96) was the fourths tail of woe this week. Apart from the stub­born Terry Dun­can, no bats­man was able to re­main at the crease long enough to make an im­pact. Kelvyn Bastin’s 12 was the only dou­ble fig­ure con­tri­bu­tion in a 5-37 score­line, with three wick­ets go­ing down for one run. Peter Gas­par pro­vided some support for Dun­can, as did Ram Easwaran be­fore he ran him­self out. Dun­can stood tall for 89 balls but his team­mates failed to follow his lead, fac­ing a com­bined 208 balls for 10 bats­men.

Much more ded­i­ca­tion to the task was shown by the As­cot bats­men in their sec­ond knock. Faron Hart’s un­con­quered 24 from 76 balls was the high­light, though Adam Hayes (40) showed he was a bats­man of some cal­i­bre. 7th Grade: Mt Law­ley 138 (Di Marco 3-24, Cress­well 3-26, Western 2-20 ) and 1/26 v As­cot 95 (Duvedi 25, Ra­makr­ishna 15)

A su­perb bowl­ing per­for­mance was can­celled out by a dis­mal re­ply with the bat and left the fifths in a dire sit­u­a­tion.

The stand was bro­ken by Peter Di Marco in his third over, start­ing a pe­riod of dom­i­nance by the As­cot at­tack which lasted the rest of the in­nings.

The ninth wicket went to Ran­jith Ra­makr­ishna who bowled some good ‘uns in his six overs. Peter Di Marco’s anal­y­sis of 18-1024-3 was ex­cep­tional in the ex­treme. From over five to over 15, nine of the 10 overs were maidens, in­clud­ing seven in a row and in­clud­ing two wick­ets. In his last 14 overs (84 balls) there were only five scor­ing shots and he took 2-9 in that stanza.

Need­ing just to sur­vive in the half hour to stumps, As­cot wick­ets tum­bled like ninepins.

Arvind Duvedi and Ran­jith Ra­makr­ishna bat­ted through the first ses­sion adding 39 runs to the mea­gre to­tal. Duvedi made a sen­si­ble and well com­piled 25 in his first match this sea­son. Ra­makr­ishna dis­played a ton of pa­tience in his 88 balls faced and will ben­e­fit from his time in the mid­dle.

A gal­lant last wicket de­fi­ance was made by Rick Western, who showed all his fight­ing qual­i­ties, and Peter Di Marco, adding another red ink in­nings - the 123rd of his ca­reer - to his re­sume. The only virtue for the As­cot in­nings was that it lasted for 63 overs.

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