While many Irish eyes were on Sri Lanka with the Wolves in action, there were others making their cases for a call up in Australia/NZ on Saturday.
Sean Terry (who officially *isn't* one of these) has had an eventful week since our last report. On Sunday, he played a huge part in Melville qualifying for the Grand Final of the WA T20 tournament (The ‘Alcohol Think Again Premier Cricket T20').
Batting at 3, he made 122 runs off just 51 balls (7 fours and 11 sixes!), to steer his side to a 62 run victory over Claremont-Nedlands. They will face Subiaco-Floreat in the final on 3 February.
Today, while he contributed 33 runs to their total of 167 against Rockingham Mandurah, they fell 17 runs short in the 50 over contest.
Nathan Smith added to his impressive wicket haul this season, but it looks like it was in a losing cause. In the first day of Notherns’ 2-day game against Penrith, Smith’s side were dismissed for 60 runs within 35 overs. In return, Smith’s 1-28 in 8 overs (and a catch) helped limit their opponents to 153, but with Northerns finishing the day on 37-3, they still need another 56 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Play resumes on Sunday.
Wanneroo beat Jacob Mulder’s South Perth by 4 wickets. Mulder’s 0-53 in 10 overs made him one of 5/7 Perth bowlers to go wicketless - for Mulder, the first time in his 7 games in 1st Grade this year.
Ross Allen’s Centrals lost a T20 to Traralgon West, in a low-scoring encounter. Allen was the pick of the bowlers, taking an impressive 3 wickets for 6 runs in his 4 overs which helped limit their opponents to 88-6. However, Centrals finished on 80 ao, (Allen scoring 6 runs) to lose out on this occasion.
Preston started a 2 day game today against Box Hill. Fionn Hand has taken 3-66 in his 16 overs, as Hill finished the day on 320-9, Eoghan Delany taking a catch. Play resumes next Saturday.
Aaron Wright’s Merbein South lost out to Workers Gol Gol today. Wright made 12 of their 115 runs, and 2 overs (0-14) as his side lost by 4 wickets.
Kim Garth and Laura Delany helped Dandenong to victory last Sunday. In their first innings of the T20 game, Garth bowled an economical 0-12 in her 4 overs, as they limited Box Hill to 82-7, and then, batting at 3 and 4, a run-a-ball 22 (Garth) and 12 (Delany) helped their side win by 3 wickets, with an over to spare.
Leah Paul and Rebecca Stockell were on the winning side in Ringwood’s victory over Prahran in another T20. Opening the batting, Stockell was unfortunate to go for a duck, but batting at 3, Paul scored an unbeaten 54*(53) to steer their side to 129-3.
In the 2nd innings, Stockell caught her opening bat counterpart, as their opponents fell 20 runs short of their target.
Sophie McMahon’s Gordon Blue’s side beat St George Sutherland in a T20 on Sunday. While she went for just 1 run, she caught & bowled one of their opening bats, and caught the other, finishing her 4 overs on 1-10, playing a key part in their 18 run victory. They play Sydney on Sunday in the T20 semi-finals, where McMahon will be bowling to Sydney Sixers WBBL star Alyssa Healy.
In an u15 T20, Diarmuid Burke bowled an economical 0-13 in his 3 overs, as Scarborough limited Centurions to 95-3. Scarborough then knocked off the runs in 15.3 overs for an 8-wicket victory, in a game that only 6 batsmen faced more than 5 balls. Burke however has also being playing additional games in Community Cricket, where he has had the opportunity to score runs and improve his batting.
Finally, we cross the Tasman sea for an update from two of NCU’s young guns from Alan Waite. Chasing 178 for victory against Greerton, Otumoetai fell 8 runs short. James Metcalfe took 2 catches, and made 2 with the bat, while Jonathan Waite made 10.
That’s all for another week. As ever, any information grateful received via Twitter DM (@dotski_w).