Gallant Northcliffe unable to chase down Forestry total
Warren Blackwood Cricket Association leaders Forestry travelled to Northcliffe on Sunday where they managed a 37-run victory in a high-scoring game.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on groundsman Rob McGregor’s picturesque and wellkept cricket ground.
Forestry’s first wicket fell at 26 and then the second at 45, which brought Jethro Namnik (77) to the crease coupled with Dan Ward (138).
The pair put on a 199-run partnership for the third wicket.
Northcliffe’s loose bowling allowed the two to dominate the bowling attack, dictate terms and contribute the bulk of their side’s 295 runs.
Experienced batsman Ward put on a brilliant performance smashing the ball to all parts, while up-and-comer Namnik played a great support role for his side. Dan Bayman (3-40) and David Cronin (2-56) were the only multiple wicket-takers for the home side.
Northcliffe started well, cruising to 52 before the loss of their first wicket.
Then evergreen batsmen Wayne Smeathers (73) and John Spilsbury (51) kept the home side on track with a 93-run second wicket partnership.
Northcliffe were thereabouts for most of the afternoon with Dan Bayman (37) and Mason Abbott (31) accumulating 52 for the fourth wicket.
But Forestry’s big total was just too much for Northcliffe to chase down and they finished 8-258, 37 runs shy of the visitors innings total.
Steven Hill (4-41) and Ward (241) were the pick of the Forestry bowlers, keeping the lid on Northcliffe’s final chance for them to run down the score.