A number of regular names missing this week, as some players return to the Northern Hemisphere, but still plenty of players in action this week down under.

Following on from his recent game against Sean Terry, on Sunday Andy McBrine faced his NW Warrior teammate Stuart Thompson in a T20 game. In the first innings, Thompson opened the batting but went for 1(6), with McBrine taking a wicket as his Midland-Guildford side restricted Wanneroo to 113-8. McBrine didn’t have much more luck with the bat, scoring 3(10), but ended up on the right side of a 6 wicket victory, Thompson's 1 over going for 5 runs.

Thompson again was an opening bat with Wanneroo in a T20 today against Scarborough, this time scoring 7(9), as his side finished on 117-7. Their opponents however managed to knock off the runs for an 8 wicket win without Thompson getting a bowl. McBrine scored 10 (9) in his T20 against Gosnells, who were set a target of 138, which they managed with 3 balls and 5 wickets to spare, McBrine’s 3 overs going for 0-42.

Following a couple of 2nd Grade games where he didn’t get much of the ball, Jacob Mulder was brought into the 1st XI for South Perth’s side in the T20 competition. Against Claremont-Nedlands, his 1-15 off 4 overs played its part in restricting the total to 120-7 (Mulder also took a catch), however this was more than enough, with South Perth dismissed in 15 overs for 77, Mulder being last man standing with 1*(1). In a second game today, they played Willetton, and again Mulder had success in the first innings, taking 2-25 in his 4 overs. Set a target of 158, Mulder’s side reached 160 on the last ball for the 20th over, without him being troubled with the bat.

Sean Terry’s Melville has also played two T20s in the last week. On Sunday, he scored 44(29), leading his side to a 5 wicket win over Mount Lawley. Today, while he had less luck, going for 3, his side won by 39 runs over Perth CC.

In South Africa, Shane Getkate’s Rondebosch played Belville today in Western Province Premier League (1 day). In the first innings, Getkate contributed 17 runs to a total of 150-9. In reply, Belville completed the task in just under 40 overs, winning by 7 wickets, Getkate taking 1-30 in his 10 overs.

Graham Kennedy’s Hannans played an A Grade game today, with the NW warrior playing a big part in dismissing Lake View for 87 runs in 27.4 overs, as he took 3-26 in 7 overs. While there were a few wobbles along the way (only 2 of 11 Hannans batsmen took more than the 2 runs scored by Kennedy), they got over the line with 89-9 in the 23rd over.

Aaron Gillespie will be pleased with his performance in Provincial First Grade today. He took 2-27 in his 8 overs against Wodonga Raiders as they were restricted to 162-7 in their 50 overs, and followed up top scoring for Albury with 63* (next highest was 18), as they won in the 23rd over, with only 2 wickets to spare.

Niall McGovern’s North Eltham Wanderers continued their 2-day Barclay Shield game today against Bundoora. Having restricted their opponents to 205-8 in 80 overs, McGovern’s side were well beaten, his 27(57) bing their only score of note (9 being the 2nd highest contribution), as they lost by 136 runs.

Rebecca Stokell opened her account for Ringwood with 2 Victoria Premier Firsts T20s over the last week, joing her fellow Irishwoman Leah Paul. Last Sunday, she went for a duck after 2 balls, in a game where most of her teammates struggled (only 2 of the 7 who batted managed more than 1 run), as they lost to Melbourne by 47 runs. One of the two was Paul, who contributed 31 runs to their total of 87.

In the second, they faced Kim Garth, whose Dandenong side had the better of things. In the first innings, Garth contributed 10*(7) towards their total of 141-5. In the second, Paul top-scored with 43 (52) and Stokell scored 7(11), but Garth (0-8 in 2 overs and 1 catch) was on the winning side.

I had missed Garth’s arrival in Australia until I saw her on this scorecard, this being her fourth game, she has to date averaged 32 across formats with the bat, and while she has only taken 1-56, her economy rate is 3.50 (she has also taken 3 catches).

Sophie McMahon’s Gordon Blues played Sydney in another T20. McMahon’s side posted 154-2 in the first innings, and as opening bowler she took 1-12 in her two overs, as they won by a 91-run margin.

Diarmuid Burke returned to action in WA u15 Premier cricket, this time in the T20 format, and his 1-23 in 3 overs played its part in Scarborough’s 32 run win over Subiaco Floreat.

And finally this week, over to New Zealand, and in their last game before the Christmas break, Outmaedi lost by 20 runs to Sangha in a game reduced to 30 overs per side. Outmaedi make 156 in reply to Sangha’s 176, James Metcalfe made 8 and Jonathan Waite was last man out for 34.

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