Belmont bats pummel bowlers on way to win
ASCOT CRICKET CLUB - Middleton Park, Redcliffe - Match results November 29. 1st Grade: Belmont 2-256 (J Poletti 2-45) d Ascot 136 (J Poletti 28, G Sharma 24, B Thiele 22)
Ascot lost the toss to Belmont and bowled first. Apart from a couple of tight Scott Mezger overs, it all went downhill from here. Some semblance of order was restored when Prasad Sharma and Dan Long took their turn at the bowling crease. The run rate decreased after 20 overs at 093. No one could foresee the carnage that was about to unfold after drinks until a fieldsman finally held on to a catch in the 27th over at 1-135. A mammoth score was in Belmont’s sights and nine sixes were plundered off nearly every bowler. Belmont’s Jason Forde ended with an unbeaten 153 but was the beneficiary of some sloppy fielding by Ascot. 3rd Grade: Floreat-Hellenic 3180 (D Atchison 2-29) d Ascot 7147 (J Flint 53, J Hamling 36*)
The top order failed to score except for opener Jake Flint who watched the five dismissals at the other end with the pace picking up when joined by Craig Cherry. Their stand realised 34 runs but, with only 11 overs remaining, 71 runs was not enough. Skipper Jason Hamling paired with Flint and they lifted the run rate with a handful of boundaries and plenty of twos. Flint’s marathon 120 ball knock of 53 – his fourth half-century – ended in the 37th over and Hamling finished on 36 from 29 balls. 4th Grade: Green Range 2-203 d Ascot 5-174 (R Meikle 94, B Gordon 26, M Holden 22)
Captain Rob ‘Pud’ Meikle was surveying the ruins at 3-8 when joined by Mick Holden. The game changed completely as Meikle went on a fours rampage and was well supported by FJ Holden. This pair put on 72, with Holden’s contribution a fine 22. Left-hander Brad Gordon then became Pud’s comrade-in-arms but it was the Meikle show once again. His thirst for runs is unquenchable, piling on yet another half-century, his 50th for Ascot and the 77th of his career. Always a team player, Pud departed in the 37th over for 94 (11 boundaries) in search of more runs for his side. 5th Grade: Carlisle 8-152 (R Keegan 3-32, M Stevenson 2-35) d Ascot 8-147 (R Keegan 46, M Stevenson 25, D Hampton 22)
Mike Stevenson is carving out a new career as an opening batsman. Following 43 last game, he posted 25 after the early loss of his opening partner. The second wicket stand of 61 between Stevenson and Russell Keegan was slow at first but quickened as drinks loomed. Keegan was the dominant figure in the next two partnerships and had contributed nearly half the team's score of 96 when he was finally dismissed for 46. Most of the remaining batsmen chipped in with a handful of runs each but it was 22 from Dan Hampton that gave substance to the final score of 8-147.
Peter Gaspar, Ram Easwaran and even David Hallows gave away absolutely nothing in their opening spells. Carlisle inched up to 21 in the 12th over before Easwaran struck the first blow. Straight after the drinks break (score 1-34) Keegan gained two excellent breakthroughs in as many overs. Another quick wicket or two and Ascot would be well on their way to victory but a 53 run stand stifled the momentum. Keegan and Terry Duncan did grab wickets at 100 and 113. Three overs left and Carlisle wanted 14 runs to win. A run out to Gaspar and five runs wanted from two overs with Gaspar and Stevenson to bowl out. Just two runs from over 39 and Stevo was entrusted with the 40th. Two runs from ball one, then the top scorer was stumped by Matt Simeon ball two with the scores tied. Ball three and tragedy – three runs and Carlisle wins. 7th Grade: Karrinyup 6-196 (K Bastin 2-9, C Wilson 2-23) d Ascot 5-114 (D Wright 28, B Ring 26, P Williams 20, M Mayers 20*)
Brett Ring and Melvyn Mayers opened the bowling but nothing eventuated until the 12th over. The only success in the first 20 overs was a great stumping by Jim Duffy from the bowling of Mayers. At drinks it was 1-83 but a wicket at the end of Colin Wilson's first over made it 2-85 after 21. Peter Di Marco made his usual early strike and a second victim for Wilson at the end of a poor fourth over brought the score back to a manageable 4-115. The Karrinyup pair then took charge, adding 72, despite an excellent second spell by Ring and some tight stuff by Darren Wright. A bowler was required to bowl the 40th and the captain turned to a former multi wicket Kelvyn Bastin. Ball two - a wicket ; ball five - a mighty 6 ; ball six - a wicket and Bastin, who rarely bowls for Ascot, finished with the top bowling analysis of 2-9.
A couple of soft dismissals and a scoreline of 2-6 was not the start that was needed. With no hope of scoring the 112 runs required for victory from the last 12 overs, Mayers and Rick Western played out time with a 29 run stand, the former ending with a season high 20 not out.