Cricket played at last

AFTER two weeks of being rain affected all games in all grades were completed in the Singleton District Cricket Association competition on Saturday afternoon.

At Howe Park, Creeks defeated PCH comfortably, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.Creeks found themselves at 3/12 in the 6th over as Danuel Bell destroyed their top order, but fought back to finish all out for 194. Baden Mullholland, 46 and Warren Gillespie, 39 were the highest scorers. 

Bell, 3/32 and Josh McNamara, 3/11, both off 10 overs were PCH’s best bowlers.

PCH struggled in the run chase, bowled out for 85. Hugh Smith, 25 was the top scorer. For Creeks Mark Unicomb was in excellent form taking, 5/15 off 10 overs. Unicomb was wicketless until his 6th over which was a double wicket maiden and then picked up a wicket every over after that.

At Cook 3 Valley had a comfortable win over Glendon, where Glendon won the toss and elected to bat first. Glendon only managed 60 runs, with Zane Nelson, 15 and Matt Harris, 13 the only batsmen to reach double figures. 

Valleys Brad Jenkinson was the best bowler, 4/18. Jenkinson picked up three of his wickets in the 21st over of the match. Also bowling well was Brendon Nichols, 3/27 off 9 overs.

Valley made the run chase a lot harder than it needed to be losing 6 wickets. Jason Newberry, 29 not out was the best with the bat for Valley who finished 6/65.

For Glendon, Wayne Price , 4/6 off 7 overs was the best bowler.

In Second Grade the results between the four clubs were the same. At Cook 2 Valley won the toss and sent a very undermanned Glendon in to bat. Glendon were bowled out for 33, with Ian Hipwell, 6/12 off 8 overs, doing all the damage.

Valley in reply only needed 8 overs to overtake Glendon’s score.

At Cook 1 PCH were defeated by Creeks by exactly 200 runs. Creeks won the toss and batted with opener Chad Solman, 72 and Mitchel Bourke, 45  helping their team to amass 270 runs off 40 overs.

For PCH Glenn Winsor, 3/35 off 6 overs and Owen DeJong, 2/32 off 6 were the best with the ball.

PCH struggled with the bat and could only manage 70 runs in reply.

For Creeks Ken Lua, 2/9 was the best bowler. Every one of the other seven bowlers that Creeks used, picked up a wicket.

In Third Grade both games were played on synthetic. On Cook 5 Valley defeated Glendon who could only field 8 players. 

Valley won the toss and sent Glendon in, who despite being undermanned, finished respectably on 137. Marcus Downes, 40 Kurt Bullivant, 26 and Travis Thompson, 25 were the best.

With the ball for Valley Ivan Miles, 2/26 was the best bowler.

Miles carried that form to the crease top scoring with 36 runs for Valley as they finished, 6/144. Glendon’s best bowler was D Symonds 2/14 from 3 overs.

At Civic Creeks and PCH enjoyed a competitive game with PCH coming out on top. Creeks won the toss and chose to bat before being bowled out in the 25th over for 130 runs. Opener Rateesh, 33 and Daniel Tracey, 37 were the highest scorers. 

Dave Newman, 2/13 returned the best figures for PCH.

Newman was also the star with the bat remaining not out on 85. Abraham Bates was PCH’s next highest scorer on 29 which included three huge sixes, as PCH chased down Creeks total.

Best with the ball for Creeks was T Morrisey, 3/32 off 4 overs.

Next week Valley enjoy the bye, with Creeks playing Glendon and PCH meeting JPC in all grades. Play begins for First Grade at 12pm.