Parndana and MacGillivray victorious in KI cricket | PHOTOS

Seven-wicket victory

Matthew Cooper’s first five wicket haul in nearly four years and his first since taking over the captaincy, has helped see Parndana record a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Western Districts on Saturday.

A warm, cloudless day saw Western Districts have no hesitation to bat and sentence Parndana to toil away in the field. The Saints got off to a flyer, courtesy of Daniel Blythe’s hard hitting.

He scored a quick fire 27, until May (3/9) broke through for his first wicket in three years, hitting the top of Blythe’s off stump. However, the run scoring didn’t slow down, with Morrison walking to the crease and immediately setting the tone.

After only 11.1 overs, Western Districts had set a beautiful platform at 1/78. However, Morrison picking out Zach Trethewey on 27 from only 22 deliveries brought about a slowing of the scoring rate. Cooper (5/27) and Johnson were able to tie up the Hammatt brothers, with only 11 runs scored from the next six overs.

This pressure brought about the only mistake in Scott Hammatts innings which saw him hit a return catch to Cooper for another 27.

Larcombe lasted a further 4 overs until he too chipped one from Cooper, into the waiting hands of Johnson at short midwicket, only an over shy of drinks. Though they’d started well, Parndana had clawed Western Districts back to be 4/95 at drinks. 

The Saints were hoping to build after the break, but unfortunately it was a disastrous start as Keenan Hammatt edged to the keeper first ball after drinks.

The next over saw Curtis Blythe do the same, but it took a good catch by Havelberg to remove him which gave Cooper his Michelle, leaving the Saints 6/99.

A bowling change saw immediate results for the Roosters, as Brown (2/9) delivered his first ball in over a decade which saw Howard hole out to mid-wicket.

Corey and Henry Hammatt offered some resistance, but then May trapped Corey in front and skittled Phillips the next ball to complete his third maiden in a row.

Unfortunately for May, he was unable to bowl his hat trick ball, as Brown took the final wicket the next over which saw Western Districts bowled out for 113, losing their final 9 wickets for 35 runs.

The early closure saw Parndana left with an awkward 20 minutes or so to bat before tea. Ring fields saw the pressure being applied by the Saints, but the Parndana openers Johnson and Ethan Trethewey managed to survive with their wickets intact, with the score 0/15 after six overs.

After the break, the pressure was ramped back up, but both players were resolute in defence. Johnson was scoring steadily and Trethewey was holding up his end. A change of bowling saw both players open up slightly, with shots being played uppishly and a couple nearly going to hand.

However, it was 14 overs after tea before the Saints could break the opening stand, with Henry Hammatt wearing down the concentration of Johnson to see him edge behind for 38.

Western Districts began to turn up the pressure and couple with the heat, saw tempers begin to fray in the middle. However, Trethewey and Florance saw themselves still there at drinks, 1/87 from 26.

Everything needed to go right for the Saints, but they knew wickets could fall quickly in the heat as they did earlier. Unfortunately, Florance had other ideas and killed the game with 15 runs from the first three overs after drinks.

Though red ink beckoned, Trethewey (16) fell to Phillips cutting with only four runs left to win and Florance (34) in similar fashion one run later, giving Phillips and Western Disctricts a couple of late consolation prizes but ultimately, it was a seven wicket victory to the hosts, who now move into outright second place on the ladder with only two games remaining in the minor round. – Right Arm Very Ordinary

Berry thrives in the heat

Round 10 of the Kangaroo Island Cricket season saw MacGillivray play Kingscote in the stifling heat at the MCC.

Without a breath of wind to speak of, Kingscote won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite some tight early bowling from P. Green, Bullard and Berry showed the team intent, going after any loose ball sending them to the boundary.

D. Butler was bought on to try and provide a break through, which came about on his second ball, trapping Bullard in front.

J. Bald strode to the crease and showed some rare early restraint in the heat, providing a solid batting partner as Berry continued to dispatch them to the boundary.

Bald’s restraint lasted as long as anyone had seen, before he too began taking the Kingscote bowlers to the boundary, except he was intent on going over it.

Just as Bald looked to be getting acclimatised to the heat, S. Howe took one of the sharpest (or he claims self-preservation) catches at first slip, giving Butler his second wicket.

When Willson fell the next ball to put Butler on a hattrick, whispers of a collapse circulated through the MacGillivray camp. The whispers were short lived however as I. Bolto and N. Berry continued to find the boundary regularly.

Berry brought up his 50 with a boundary, as I. Bolto also looked set to hang around, before he was stumped off of Butler by some sharp keeping from Chandra.

S. Snowball supported Berry up the other end as Berry started to put his foot down (either because he could see the 100 in his sights or it was getting too hot) and fittingly bought up a great maiden century with a four in tough conditions.

P. Grieg took some late wickets and V. Virgo took a sharp catch to dismiss Pete ‘the sacrificial lamb’ Collins, however C. Bolto saw an opportunity for quick runs at the end of the innings and scored a smashing 42 off of 26 balls including 6 boundaries to put MacGillivray in a commanding position, giving a hot and bothered Kingscote a massive total of 304.

D. Butler the pick of Kingscote bowlers with 4/49 off of 10 overs. The Kingscote run chase got off to a shaky start when I. Bolto took a great catch off of Snowballs bowling, dismissing Stead for 0.

When Collins had Anderson controversially caught behind for 16, Greig out to another sharp catch in the slips. When Chandra was caught on the boundary off of Wheaton’s bowling chasing runs, Howe and Green knew they had to get boundaries, and plenty of them.

Green bought up his quick fire 50 (5 fours and 2 sixes) with Howe chipping in with plenty of boundaries before drinks.

Just as Green looked set to dig in for a big innings, he smashed a well timed drive in the air straight back at Bullard, which he managed to get his right hand at and the ball stuck, dismissing Green and putting the brakes on the chase.

Howe kept on fighting (despite being asked many times if he required a stretcher) for a well fought 46, eventually being bowled by Bullard trying to put a third straight ball over the boundary.

J. Bald’s spin and some sharp catches in the outfield eventually saw Kingscote all dismissed for 148, giving MacGillivray a 146 run victory on a hot and draining afternoon. – Sub Fielder