COUNTYWATCH EXTRA No.12
STUART Poynter’s 100 against Sri Lanka ‘A’ last week was yet another example of a batsman in exceptional form making hay while the sun shines.
While his big brother Andrew has been breaking all sorts of records in Leinster cricket, Stuart has actually outscored him, sailing past his 1,000 for the summer last week.
Poynter had given the Sri Lankans warning with an unbeaten 65 against them on his Durham 1st XI debut three days before, but the day before that he made an unbeaten 100 versus Willington in the North East Premier League.
He returned with two others from his Ulster excursion to play against Worcestershire 2nds in the Second Eleven Trophy.
Poynter made 13 in a 58 run defeat, which also included innings of 11 by Barry McCarthy and 1no by Peter Chase.
The bowlers took one wicket apiece, Chase 10-0-40-1 and McCarthy 6-1-17-1. The three-day game was abandoned after two, with Poynter making 66 and McCarthy 9, with first bowling returns of 7-1-22-0 by Chase who opened the bowling, and 8.3-1-19-2 by the Pembroke man.
McCarthy took the new ball in the second innings and six overs went for 46, but Chase came on first change and returned excellent figures of 11-3-12-3 including the top three in the order.
Shane Getkate also had an interlude to turn out for CSNI in the NCU Challenge Cup final, but last weekend he was playing in the Surrey Premier Division for Sunbury.
Going in No6 against Valley End he made 24. The following day he played for the club in the National Club T20 competition at Banstead. Against Ashstead he made 10 and his only over went for 20, while against Valley End he scored 6 and had a return of 3-0-24-1.
He also turned out for MCC Young Cricketers against Worcestershire 2nds in the Second Eleven 50 over competition, scoring 12 and taking the wicket of Alex Kervezee in a return of 10-0-66-1.
We noted last week that Graeme McCarter has played a couple of times for WG Grace’s old club Thornbury. He came up against another England great recently, losing his wicket to Andrew Caddick, who first played for England when McCartrer was in nappies.
Now 45, Caddick plays for Clevedon in the West of England league division 2.
Sonny Cott, the Ireland Under 17 player who plays for Pembroke, was homein England last weekend and turned out for Leatherhead against Banstead in the Surrey Premier Division. Opening the batting, Cott made 19.