Boys Keep Swinging

Walker Ground, Southgate   Sunday 11 August 2013


Another sunny Sunday; another flat wicket and another runfest – 490 scored in 80 overs of a highly enjoyable contest, as Chris Wright posted a club record score (118 not out) for a Tiger batsman in a record total of 268. Adelaide threatened briefly but were always too far behind the required run rate. The home side was composed of talented juniors with a sprinkling of 1st/2nd XI players, captain Flett mixing up things nicely, giving all the youngsters an outing with both ball and bat to gain experience against a very senior side.

Mikes Herlihy and Delanian put up an untroubled 41 for the first wicket in 9 overs, but both had been dismissed by 50. Le Marquis de Pinfield was fortunate to avoid a first-ball leg before against the wily young Wilkinson, then batted somewhat frenetically for 49 before being taken behind at 122. Richard Burgess then became this week’s Wrighty run out victim, after which  Chris and a rejuvenated Jimmy Carter (27) put together 72 in 9 overs. No one punishes pre-pubescent bowling quite like Chris Wright and he took full advantage on this occasion to become the Tigers’ third centurion in as many games, bludgeoning Flett for two huge sixes at the start of the last over.

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The Adelaide reply began steadily with Flack and Cox composing 50 for the first wicket, but it was 13 overs before the Tigers made a breakthrough, Guy Garside having Cox caught by Wright with his first ball. Spinners Garside and Craig Murray bowled in tandem, but there were too many full-bungers which disppeared over the boundary in short order, and at 107-1 after 20 overs, skipper Chris Dane was concerned enough to bring Carter out from behind the stumps to utilise his agility in the outfield.

Flack and Flett had added 71 for the second wicket before the former was smartly run out  for an excellent 68 and Wrighty ended his bowling drought with the well pitched-up signature ball to bowl Flett (55), Waleed then got the big bat out but had only juniors for company. Nevertheless, he hit a brave 45 before Wrighty took a steepling, juggling catch at deep mid-wicket to end the resistance, after which the innings fizzled out somewhat, Dave Scally again being the pick of the bowlers with 2-32.


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