Cricket games in bal­ance

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

THREE Ma­reeba cricket sides will hope to con­tinue their good form for the fi­nal in­nings of their two-day games this week­end.

The un­der 14s, un­der 16s and 2nd di­vi­sion sides played com­pet­i­tively in the hopes of se­cur­ing vic­tory.

Play­ing In­n­is­fail, the un­der 14s opened the bat­ting mak­ing a solid 131 in the first in­nings.

Bats­man An­gus Camp­man was 52 not out and Jole Muc­cig­nat was 20 not out at the end of the first in­nings. In­n­is­fail chased down Ma­reeba’s to­tal and only edged out in front by 13 runs at stumps on the first day.

Bowlers Ryan John­son, Jole Muc­cig­nat and Jamie Cur­cio en­sured In­n­is­fail’s runs did not come easy tak­ing one wicket a piece.

The un­der 16s played a strong Mul­grave side and kept their to­tal to 93 with some great bowl­ing from Cory Wilce who took three wick­ets and Bren­den Johns and Bray­don Olufson tak­ing one apiece. With some great bat­ting by the top or­der the un­der 16s were five for 110.

The 2nd di­vi­sion side also played In­n­is­fail with the Ma­reeba side play­ing some great at­tack­ing cricket. With some fine bowl­ing, In­n­is­fail’s top or­der col­lapsed for 10 runs. Through some quick runs by the middle or­der, they man­aged to 131 af­ter 55 overs.

Ma­reeba’s Darcy Houli­han took three wick­ets, left arm quick Toby Ker­swell took two and Liam Bom­bardieri took one.

The 3rd di­vi­sion and un­der 12s were un­suc­cess­ful to record wins but were out mus­cled by some fine form.

A great bat­ting per­for­mance by Mul­grave had the 3rd di­vi­sion on the back foot. Ma­reeba

needed 221 for the win but a middle or­der col­lapse saw them bowled for 97.

The un­der 12s side took on Ather­ton 4 and Ma­reeba opened the game mak­ing 143 with some good bat­ting by Jake Bom­bardieri mak­ing 41 and Jace Cure­ton 40.

Ather­ton came into bat and over­took the score with a cou­ple overs to spare. The 45 ex­tra’s re­ally hurt Ma­reeba and will need to be tight­ened for their game to­mor­row at Firth Park against Ather­ton 1.

Ma­reeba un­der 14s will con­tinue their two-day game against In­n­is­fail at In­n­is­fail Tafe to­mor­row at 1pm and the 3rd di­vi­sion side will have a bye this week but con­tinue play­ing on Sun­day De­cem­ber 10 against the Tully Sugar Tigers at Borzi Park.

The 2nd’s fi­nal in­nings to­mor­row at 1pm at Borzi Park.

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