Performance of the week must surely belong to Nathan Smith, who took a 7-26 in the first innings of Northern Districts 1st Grade game against Blacktown. This and his 1-45 in the following innings were not enough, however, for his side to prevail over their opponents, scoring only 296 runs in their 2 innings, to 147 and 151-4 from Blacktown.

In the middle of this game, Northern Districts played a T20 last Sunday, and the adopted Ulsterman took 2-33 in his 4 overs, as they enjoyed a 7-wicket win over Central Coast.

It’s worth noting that Smith has already taken 18 wickets in 1st Grade this season. This is the 6th biggest haul among a very strong group of bowlers, and all of the five above him have a higher average than his 15.06. One hopes that he will be available for the series against Afghanistan, as he is a bowler in fantastic form, and increasingly looks like someone with a great future ahead of him.

The clash between Andy McBrine’s Midland-Guildford and Sean Terry’s Melville continued in WA 1st Grade today. Terry finished on 37 runs as Melville finished on 279, in response to the 189 Midland-Guildford posted the previous Saturday, McBrine taking 1-25 off his 8 overs. In the 3rd innings, McBrine scored 24 runs batting at 3, as his side finished the day on 2-89.

In Wanneroo’s resumed 1st grade game against Willetton, Stuart Thompson contributed 3 runs to their total of 113, as Willetton finished the game on top.

Graeme Kennedy’s Hannans side were beaten by North Kalgoorlie in a low scoring A Grade game, despite a good all-round performance from Kennedy. Having bowled an economical 0-15 in his 6 overs, Hannans restricted their opponents to 125 runs. However, this wasn’t to be enough, with North Kalgoorlie dismissing them in the 2nd innings for 99 runs. Kennedy scored 51 of these, but unfortunately none of his teammates passed 11.

Ross Allen had a good day at the office, with his Centrals side beating Trafalgar in another low scoring contest. Allen took 2-19 in his 10 overs (and a catch) as they restricted their opponents to 91 runs in their 43 overs. While there were a few wobbles along the way, Allen contributed 18 runs (as joint top scorer) as his side won by 4 wickets.

Aaron Gillespie’s Albury lost to Lavington in a 50 over game today. Gillespie took 1-10 in his 5 overs, and a catch, but his side were all out for 109, chasing 194. The scorecard hasn’t been fully completed, and so we don’t know Aaron’s contribution to that total.

Preston scorecards continue to be posted a bit later than the rest, and so we are grateful to Ian Muldoon and David Delany for updates. Last week, Fionn Hand took 3-17 in 8.4 overs, cleaning up the tail, and helped dismiss opponents Balwyn for 112. They won a low scoring match by 3 wickets, despite early dismissals of Hand (3) and skipper Eoghan Delany (17).

On Tuesday, they played a T20 against Brunswick, and Hand (10) opened the batting as they posted 108 runs. Brunswick reached this target with one ball to spare, with Hand and Delany both taking a catch.

Today, they finished the day well on top of Brunswick, with Delany making 101 of their 367-6 in their game against St Bernard’s.

Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin again opened the batting for Lisarow, but on this occasion will be disappointed with his return of 3 runs against Southern Spirit, who had posted 220 runs in their 66 overs.

A number of results to catch up with for Aditya Adey. Firstly, two late Bathurst City scorecards from T20s last weekend. In the first, he scored 37 runs against City Colts, and then took 1-35 in his 4 overs as they won a keen contest by a margin of 4 runs. In the second he had less luck, going for a duck as his side lost to St Pat’s Old Boys.

On Friday night, in the same format, Bathurst City lost out to Centennial Bulls, Adey contributing 10 of their 104 runs, and bowling 0-13 in his 2 overs.

Aaron’s Wright’s Merebin South side continued their game against Coomealla Wentworth today. He scored 17 of their 152 runs, in response to the 231 their opponents posted the previous Saturday.

Leah Paul played a T20 on Wednesday, but her Ringwood side went down to a 23 run defeat to Plenty Valley, Paul scoring 25 of their 88 runs.

Sophie McMahon’s Gordon Blues had a 1 run win (with 1 ball to spare) in their T20 against Northern District. McMahon bowled 2 overs (0-13).

Finally, and (practically) in our timezone, Shane Getkate scored a brisk 23(19) as his Rodenbosch side set Claremont a target of 270 in their 50 over game. As we go to press, they had reached 155-4 withthe live-scoring stuck at 32.4 overs for a couple of hours...We’ll update next week on how it finished, but Getkate had taken 1-28 in his 5 overs, and a catch.

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