Straight-A quick Pin­son tears through Vil­lagers

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DAR­WIN PRE­MIER GRADE R8

NIGHT­CLIFF pace­man Tom Pin­son proved cor­rect the crick­et­ing adage of “you miss and I’ll hit’’ when he grabbed a six-wicket haul against Tracy Vil­lage yes­ter­day.

Night­cliff won a bowler­dom­i­nated Dar­win Pre­mier Grade home game, strug­gling to 106 all-out, be­fore Pin­son blasted through the Vil­lagers to see them crum­ble for 74.

The Suther­land fast man, from Syd­ney’s Pre­mier Grade, clean bowled three of his vic­tims and trapped two of them lbw on his way to 6-17 from eight overs.

Pin­son was pleased with the 32-run win that lifted the Tigers off the bot­tom of the lad­der, and how the ball came out of his hand.

“We needed to have a plan on what the wicket was do­ing and that was the best plan – bowl­ing straight,’’ he said.

“I haven’t quite been at my best since com­ing back to Dar­win, so it was nice to get the ball com­ing out the way I wanted it to.

“I feel we haven’t been far away in a lot of our matches.

“So it was good to get a win (yes­ter­day).’’

Dar­win beat Palmer­ston by 79 runs at Kahlin Oval. A 125run, third-wicket stand be­tween Will An­stey (65) and skip­per Luke Shel­ton (58) was the main­stay in Dar­win’s 7-189, a to­tal which Palmer­ston strug­gled to reach against a con­sis­tent Ea­gles bowl­ing at­tack.

Four Dar­win bowlers grabbed two wick­ets each.

Dion Meta’s div­ing catch to dis­miss Rob van der Meulen off Aaron Sum­mers’ (2-13) bowl­ing on the square-leg bound­ary pro­vided the field­ing high­light.

Waratah went back to the top of the lad­der with its 34run win over PINT at Mar­rara.

A pair of 80s in a cen­tury stand be­tween Isaac Con­way (82) and James Seymour (81) laid the foun­da­tion stone for Tahs’ 7-298 from their 50 overs.

Opener Josh Neill hit 111 from 134 balls to keep the Greens in the game, but they lost 6-55 after reach­ing 3-209, to fall away badly.

Udara Weeras­inghe’s off­spin did most of the dam­age, grab­bing 4-53.

The com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues in Round 9 ac­tion to­day.

Waratah trav­els to Palmer­ston’s Cazaly’s Oval, PINT hosts South­ern Dis­tricts at Mar­rara, and the Tigers host Dar­win at Night­cliff.

Pic­ture: GLENN CAMP­BELL

PINT opener Josh Neill com­plied an im­pres­sive 111 from 134 balls, but it wasn’t enough, with his team los­ing to Waratah by 34 runs.

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