Nathan Smith was back in the wickets this weekend, in a two-day game between his Northern District side and St George CC. On Saturday, he took both of the St George opening batsmen, with 2-28 in 16 overs, their opponents ending the day 178-8 after 81 overs. Play resumes on Sunday.
Smith now has 21 wickets in NSW First Grade this year, and only six of the bowlers with a bigger haul have a lower average.
Jacob Mulderís South Perth completed their two-day game against University this weekend. After University finished on 310ao in the 90th over (Mulder bowling 7 overs, 0-33), South Perth were dismissed for 139 runs in their first innings, Mulder helping them to some respectability, finishing on an unbeaten 21*(20) while batting at 10. The follow-on enforced, they reached 84-2 in their second innings.
Sean Terryís Melville side completed a two-day game vs Joondalup on top. In the first innings, their opponents finished on 231 ao in the 68th over, and Melville finished the game today, declaring on 273-6 after 88 overs, with 17 runs made from Terry.
Graham Kennedy has had two games this weekend. On Friday evening, Hannanís played Great Boulder in a T20. In the first innings, he scored 26 of their 134 runs, more than enough as they restricted their opponents to 105-4, Kennedy bowling 4 overs, 0-25.
On Saturday, they played North Kalgoorlie in a one-day game. Hannans were all out for 192 in the 46th over (26 extras), Kennedy going for 3 runs. Again, their modest total was more than enough, winning by 15 runs, Kennedy playing a part in 5 dismissals, taking 2-36 in his 8.4 overs, and 3 catches.
Aaron Gillespieís Albury side beat St Patrick's in a 50 over game, their opponents finishing the first innings on 189-9, Gillespie bowling 3 overs, 0-10. In reply, Albury reached their target in 44.4 overs, for a 4 wicket victory, Gillespie scoring 28 runs off 30 balls.
Ross Allenís Centrals side began their two-day game against Trafalgar on Saturday. In the first innings, he took 1-30 in his 14.1 overs, as Trafalgar were dismissed for 129 in 74.1 overs. Play closed with Centrals 18-2 after 11 overs, Allen on 1 not out.
Preston started their 2-day game against Coburg on Saturday. In the first innings, Fionn Hand took 3-42 in 13 overs, with Eoghan Delany taking a catch, and Coburn were all out for 120 runs after 52 overs. They may have been confident at that stage, but the day ended with them very much up against it, with Preston on 25-7 after 20 overs, with Handís solitary run being the only one from one of their top four (which also included Delany).
Katamatite completed a two-day game against Deniliquin Rhinos today. Last weekend, Sam Gordon (26) and Jamie Magowan (4) opened the batting for them, however they ended their innings on 72ao, after 35 overs. In reply, Rhinos ended on 108-10 in their 32nd over, Magowan taking 2 catches. In the 2nd Katamatite innings, their top 3 all went for a duck, with the side ending all out for 82 runs in the 40th over. In reply, the Rhinos ended their 2nd innings on 47-1, gaining an outright win in a very low scoring game.
Our New Zealand correspondent tells us that Jonathan Waite got his first taste of Premiership action this week. In a low scoring game, the Cadets bowled out Tauranga for 143. The Cadets chased down the required runs for the loss of four wickets with Waite making 11no.
Chasing 163, James Metcalfe lost his match against Greerton by 23 runs, with the young NCU man making 6.
And finally, a couple of snippets from the LCU young guns doing their transition year in South Africa (I'm not jealous, honest!).
Rush youngster Nathan McGuire scored 75* for St Albans College Pretoria, and Mikey OíReilly scored 78 for St Stithians senior 2nds against Grey College, Bloemfontein.
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