PINT smashes Ea­gles Fi­nal berth on cards

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

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.”

Pic­ture: FELIC­ITY EL­LIOTT

PINT bats­man Jack James starred with 57 in his team’s con­vinc­ing 152-run win over Dar­win at Mar­rara

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