Rain kills ac­tion

Crick­eters now cool­ing heels un­til play re­sumes in Jan­uary

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Tal­la­rook sits atop the SDCA lad­der head­ing in to the Christ­mas break. By An­drew John­ston Kasey Dun­can has been a rev­e­la­tion Avenel with both the bat and ball this sea­son.

The open­ing half of the sea­son has fin­ished.

Not with a bang, but with some­thing of a whim­per.

The rain set in on Satur­day, rob­bing all sides of any crick­et­ing ac­tion to com­plete the pre-Christ­mas sec­tion of the sea­son.

Now, they will have to wait un­til the Jan­uary 5 re­sump­tion of play for the com­pe­ti­tion.

And when they do re­turn, our lo­cal sides will have just four matches to earn a shot at the fi­nals.

Tal­la­rook (5-2-2) has been the dom­i­nant side of the com­pe­ti­tion to this point of the sea­son, top­ping the one-day ta­ble, although los­ing to Yea Tigers in the one­day fi­nal.

De­spite that tough loss, Tal­la­rook has barely lost a game for the sea­son.

The team has been buoyed by the per­for­mance of play­ing coach Jac SmithWil­liams, who in his eight in­nings in the A-grade com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son has scored 540 runs, and with a num­ber of not outs in the mix, has seen his sea­son av­er­age spike to an in­cred­i­ble 108 runs.

Lead­ing the way with the ball for the side has been Will Dun­don.

Dun­don has taken 19 wick­ets at an in­cred­i­ble 9.47, giv­ing up just 180 runs off his 68 overs for the sea­son.

In his three matches be­tween games two and five of the sea­son, Dun­don went on a hot streak, tak­ing four wick­ets in all three of his ap­pear­ances.

The side will re­turn to the pitch on Jan­uary 5 against Broad­ford.

By no means a pushover this year, Broad­ford is a top four side, hav­ing won just one game less than Tal­la­rook.

But Broad­ford has also one less draw to its name, see­ing them sit nine points off the top two sides in the com­pe­ti­tion, and des­per­ate to get the vic­tory to prove they be­long in the top four.

In third spot sits Avenel (4-2-3).

Avenel has been led with the bat by a break-out sea­son from Kasey Dun­can.

His sea­son so far in­cludes two cen­turies, as well as three half cen­turies, adding up for 413 at 68.83.

But his work with the bat isn’t all that he has con­trib­uted to the side this sea­son.

Dun­can is also equal lead­ing wicket taker, tak­ing 11 wick­ets at 16.09, con­ceed­ing 177 runs.

Equalling his wicket tally has been Max Lawrence with 11 wick­ets at 8.82, con­ceed­ing 97 runs.

They will re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion in the first round of Jan­uary against the top side in the com­pe­ti­tion in Yea Tigers.

Yea cur­rently leads the com­pe­ti­tion, but only by 0.1 per cent on Tal­la­rook, and a vic­tory for Avenel will not only set them up well for a top two spot, but also would help lo­cal ri­vals Tal­la­rook to po­ten­tially move to the top spot.

Round­ing out the lo­cal sides is fifth placed East­ern Hill (3-1-5).

The side has strug­gled against the ma­jor­ity of sides in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son, only able to man­age three wins.

Lead­ing the way with the bat has been Alan Sin­clair with 118 runs at 19.67, in­clud­ing a top score of 66.

With the ball, Ben Bryant has led the way for his team, with 10 wick­ets at 14.2.

For­tu­nately, af­ter the break they will take on bot­tom placed Kill­more, in what should be a vic­tory for East­ern Hill, and hope­fully a strong start to 2019.

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