PINT smashes Eagles Final berth on cards
PINT has all but secured its spot in the Darwin Premier Grade one-day final after a 152-run thrashing of reigning premiers Darwin at Marrara yesterday.
And good luck to Waratah and Southern Districts — both teams to cross its path on the road to the June 10 decider.
“PINT bullied us today. They played really well and we were really poor,” Eagles captain Luke Shelton said.
In his first innings of 2018, Ben Reichstein hit 57 off 51 balls for the victors in their competitive score of 6-262.
Pacemen Matt Bacon (2-20), Pat Gallow (2-22) and Blade Baxter (2-25) made early inroads as Darwin could only manage 110 all-out in reply.
Left-arm spinner Uli Van Duyker also took 2-18.
“I was really looking forward to the challenge of facing my old club,” Reichstein said.
“It’s the first time I’ve beaten them. It was good to get three wins in a row. We’ve built up some momentum now and I think we’re into the final with a couple of games to go.”
Nightcliff pulled off a huge upset to beat Waratah by 50 runs at Nightcliff Oval.
Captain Udara Weerasinghe (51 and 2-17), Sam Gibson (49 off 40 balls), paceman Ryan Lees (2-25) and spinner Lahiru Anthony (2-35) all stood out for the Tigers.
“I wanted to lead by example, and as a group we need to keep doing what we’re doing,” Weerasinghe said. Last year’s wooden spooners, Nightcliff now have two straight wins.
And after bowling out Southern Districts for 141, Palmerston won the Geoff Akers Memorial Cup by five wickets at Fred’s Pass.
“We bowled really well and fielded really well,” Palmerston wicketkeeper-batsman Robbie Van Der Meulen (39 off 63 balls) said.
“Paceman Christian Leopard (4-31) bowled the house down. And Stephen Regan hit a gritty 60 in our chase.
“We just wanted to bat well and do the right things in reply, but we ended up getting a bonus point (winning in the 36th over) which was nice.
“We’ve got a good culture at the moment.”
PINT batsman Jack James starred with 57 in his team’s convincing 152-run win over Darwin at Marrara