Rivalry heightens as cricket finals near

PCH and Creeks each recorded two wins and JPC and Glendon one each in Singleton District Cricket Association games played on Saturday. 

Valley had the bye. First grade games were cut back to 40 over innings when a shower of rain mid-morning caused the wickets to be too wet for play to commence at 12 noon.

JPC met PCH at Howe Park in their first grade game. PCH won the toss and sent JPC in. 

A 48 run opening partnership between Steve Dunston (30) and Ashley Borg (56) saw JPC off to a good start before Dunston was out.  

Another quick wicket fell before Borg was joined by Pat Fitzgerald (45) for a 63 run partnership which took the score to 3/126 after 33 overs. 

Fitzgerald was then joined by Ben Stokes (13) and they took the score to 152 before Fitzgerald was out. 

The JPC innings finished in the next over at 5/154.  Daniel Oldknow 3/43 from 12 overs and Nick Cox and Tully Winsor took a wicket each for PCH. 

Oldknow  (31) then opened the PCH innings with Jay Jensen-Langford (18) for a 29 run partnership before Jay was out to Danny Evans. 

Oldknow  was then  joined by Daniel Jordan (11) and they put on another 31 runs before Jordan and then Oldknow were out and the score was 3/64. 

Consistent wickets falling found PCH all out for 124 in the 37th over. Cale Rainey 16 and Adam Goldfinch constructed a good partnership for the seventh wicket. 

Josh Harvey, 4/28, Pat Fitzgerald 3/24, and Danny Evans 3/37 were the JPC wicket takers.

The first grade game at Cook Park 3 saw Glendon winning the toss and sending Creeks in. 

Myles Cook (31) and Chris Unicomb put on 28 for the first wicket before Unicomb was out. 

Creeks then lost three wickets with the score in the forties to be 4/46 after 10 overs. 

Dave Howard (31)  joined Steve Unicomb (36) and took the score to 5/85 in the 22nd over. 

Gavin Wake (14) and Mark Unicomb (15) were the other main scorers for Creeks who were all out for 156 in the 36th over. 

Greg Thrift, 4/30, Cael Smith, 2/28 and Anthony Bailey, 2/38 were the main destroyers for Glendon. 

After losing their first wicket for one run, Glendon batsmen Jake Daniels (36) and an injured Daniel Higgins put on 24 runs before Higgins was out for 11. 

Drew Nelson also scored 11, Alex Thrift 39 and Matt Harris 18 in Glendon’s total of 139 after 35 overs. 

Myles Cook, with 4/11 from five overs took the honours with the ball for Creeks. 

Two wickets each went to Nathan Martin, Mark Unicomb and Dave Howard.

At Cook Park 2 an understrength Glendon second grade won the toss and batted in the game against Creeks. 

The batsmen never really got going and it was only Max Willis, 15 not out, and Brendan Johnson, 10, that made double figures in a total of 37. 

For Creeks, Chris Butler took 5/17 from four overs and Kenny Lau, 3/12 from five. 

Creeks were also undermanned but were able to record a win when reaching 1/41 in the 11th over. 

John Cornelius, 17, and Matt Danks remained not out. Daniel Thrift took the wicket for Glendon.

Cook Park 1 was the venue for the PCH and Glendon second grade match. Both teams in this game were also short on numbers of players. 

JPC won the toss and batted. They got off to a good start with Dorian Heher (9) and Ethan Maher (16) putting on a 28 run partnership. 

Following Heher’s wicket, JPC batsmen fell with consistency and the team was all out for 50 in the 19th over. 

Shane Harmon remained nine not out. Will Holz starred with the ball taking 6/16 from six overs. 

Jamie Tudor 2/15 was the other wicket taker. PCH lost two wickets before achieving the win at 2/60 in the 14th over. 

Owen De Jong (26 not out), Michael Duggan (14), Brad Schultz (10) and Will Holz (9 not out) scored the runs for PCH. Shane Harmon took the wickets for JPC with 2/31 from seven overs.

Third grade games were both played on synthetic wickets due to the watering system being installed for the AFL Club on Cook Park 4. 

At Cook Park 5, Glendon won the toss and batted. They lost two wickets with the score on 15 and then another two to be 4/32 after seven overs. 

Opening batsman, Matt Carroll (51) was joined by Liam Dunn (35) and they were able to take the score to 5/93 when Carroll was dismissed. Garry Thomas remained on 55 not out after the next three batsmen were dismissed. 

This took the Glendon score to 172. Anthony Vizl, 3/41, Matthew Chick, 2/20 led the wicket takers for Creeks. 

Daniel Tracey, Toby Morrissey and Brett Cooper took a wicket each. 

The father and son combination of Greg and Brett Cooper opened the batting for Creeks. 

Brett was out in the fifth over but Greg remained 59 not out when Creeks were all out for 105. 

Lachlan Johnsson was the other main scorer with 14 runs. Pete Burley continued his tight bowling to lead the figures for Glendon with 4/21. 

Chad Kelly, 2/14 and Rean Symonds, 2/18, were the other wicket takers.

JPC won the toss at Civic Park in the game against PCH and decided to bat. 

Opener Greg James had made 59 before he was the sixth wicket to fall with the score on 98.  

Steve Kelly (16) and Brad Kelly (12) were the only other batsmen to make double figures in JPC’s total of 128. 

Glenn Winsor 4/7 and Travis Batch 4/22 were the top wicket takers for PCH.  Laura Avard and Neil Langdon took one wicket each.  

PCH also had one prominent scorer in its innings. Andrew Winsor made 75 runs in the total of 110. 

Steve Kelly led the JPC bowlers with 3/14. Robert Marshall took 2/17 and Greg James completed a Man of the Match performance with 2/7 from seven overs.

Next week games will be played between Valley and JPC and Glendon and PCH in all grades. Creeks have the bye.

With only three weeks to go in the Singleton District Cricket Association Competition the pointscore is as follows:

1st Grade: Creeks 78, Valley 57, Glendon 33, JPC 27, PCH 9.

2nd Grade: Valley 60, Creeks 45, PCH 42, JPC 33, Glendon 24.

3rd Grade: Valley 57, Glendon 54, PCH 48, JPC 39, Creeks 6.

Creeks, PCH and Glendon are still to have their final byes.

ON TARGET:  Nick Cox delivers a ball for PCH during their first grade match against JPC.  Also pictured is JPC batsman Ashley Borg and umpire Luke Knight.

ON TARGET: Nick Cox delivers a ball for PCH during their first grade match against JPC. Also pictured is JPC batsman Ashley Borg and umpire Luke Knight.