Hog Bay visits MacGillivray in Round 6 of Kangaroo Island cricket

A gusty day greeted Hog Bay when they arrived at MacGillivray Cricket Club for their first visit of the season.

MacGillivray captain J Bald won the toss for the fifth time this season and didn't hesitate to bat first.

After surviving a strong early caught behind appeal and seeing off some good bowling from J. Gurney and R. Boers, J. Bald set about finding boundaries in regular succession and J. Turner rotated the strike regularly to get MacGillivray off to a good start.

Bald's ability to find boundaries only increased as the innings went on with S. Howard and T. Martain bearing the main brunt of Bald's strong hitting.

When the opening pair got to drinks with an unbeaten partnership of 115, the pair both accelerated to mount the pressure on the visitors.

M. Neville stemmed the flow at one end, but Bald kept finding boundaries, on one occasion splitting the field at deep square leg then the very next ball driving another to long on for the same result.

Bald cruised to his first century of the season which included 11 fours and an impressive 8 sixes.

Bald's damaging innings finally came to an end with a stunning catch to wicket keeper C. Moorehead from Boers bowling, running back after a thick top edge and taking a diving one hander.

C. Bolto came in and set about immediately making the most of the final overs.

J. Turner posted his second 50 of the season (including 8 fours) but his neat innings was undone after trying to steal a single after being dropped at square leg, with quick thinking from H. Kinghorne running Turner out on 56. Bullard (36*) came in and with C. Bolto (35*) finished off the MacGillivray innings, posting an imposing 258.

Pick of the Hog Bay bowlers was M. Neville (0/19 from 5) and the opening pair of Gurney (0/41 from 10) and Boers (1/37 from 10) battled well with some tight bowling.

The tough task for Hog Bay began after the break with C. Moorehead and S. Howard opening for Hog Bay.

With youngster C. Bolwell and experienced K. Bolto taking the new ball, they put the pressure straight onto the opening batsmen, regularly finding edges and never letting the batsmen settle.

Bald gave a life to Howard at gully by dropping a straightforward catch, but with C. Bolwell moving the ball both ways and Bolto consistently hitting his line and length Howard (16) finally succumbed with Bald making up for his drop taking a one handed classic catch at gully.

Moorehead battled on but the pressure of the run chase lead to a mix up and saw Boers run out for 10.

Bullard took the ball off Bolwell and hit his line and length early without reward, but finally got some movement to claim Neville and Gurney in consecutive overs.

Bald and Lockett chimed in with wickets as Moorehead posted a gutsy half century, but a sharp run out to Bald and A. Bolwell taking his first senior wicket with the ball meant the MacGillivray total was just too much for Hog Bay to chase down.

Moorehead finished on an unbeaten 69 and was assisted by Kinghorne (8*) to see out all 45 of Hog Bay's overs.

MacGillivray bowlers shared the wickets around, with Bullard taking 2/39 off of 10 overs with a runout and K. Bolto finishing with impressive figures of 1/21 off of 10.

Kinghorne and A. Bolwell the top fielders for the day with a special mention to crowd favourite J. Heinrich for his efforts in the field and bowling his first over in cricket without incident.

Next week sees Hog Bay play Parndana in Penneshaw and Western Districts play Kingscote at Gosse Oval for the last round of the year for the 45 over competition before the much anticipated T20 carnival at Hog Bay on the weekend of December 14. - Sub Fielder