Monaro cricket heats up

The Monaro District Cricket Association competition heated up on Saturday when round eight was played in sweltering conditions.

Some close games were played following the break over Christmas.

Coffeys 7/178 defeated Alpine 7/124 on net run rate as the afternoon thunderstorms that rolled across the Monaro washed their match out. The Cats defeated the Cannons in a closely fought match and Jindabyne, all out 209, defeated Berridale 9/168.

Berridale fall short

A near full strength Jindabyne won the toss and elected to bat. Berridale took to the field in positive fashion despite the conditions. J Riley (3/38) got the early wicket. K Oliver (29) joined C Stevens (87) in the middle. The two attacking batsmen went after the quickly tiring opening bowlers and some quick runs followed aided by some simple drop catches. A change was required. Leg spinner Andy Bartel (3/57) came into the attack and had instant rewards removing the dangerous Oliver to a great catch by M Robinson at mid wicket. Two balls later he picked up another wicket to a stumping. With Jindabyne at 3/53 after 10 and the tail in sight Berridale had hopes of routing Jindabyne. M Bottom (24) joined C Stevens and the pair restored the Jindabyne innings working the ball around from the spin attack from Berridale and putting the bad ball away. Jindabyne reached 6/130 at the 30 over mark and the match was evenly poised. C Stevens and M Lowe (32) came out after drinks and the pair rode their luck as several more catches were grassed by Berridale and with Lowe managing to find the gaps with his unconventional batting technique frustrating Berridale as the heat in the middle almost became unbearable. The tail managed to belt out 65 runs from the last 10 overs posting 209.

A slow but solid start from Berridale against the Jindabyne attack saw Berridale at 1/34 at the 15 over mark with Hearn (34) and O'Keeffe (25) at the crease the pair were finding the odd boundary but couldn't quite get on top of the bowlers. Hearn fell to the bowling of Akkersdyke (1/27) and which brought in A Walters (68) to the crease. With the run rate of 6.5 an over required some attacking shots were needed.

Walters had a tough start to his innings wearing a top edge straight into the side of his head but the tough shearer battled on and it just seemed to fire him up.

Walters took a few overs to get his eye in but runs soon started to flow. The run rate started to get large at 7.5 runs an over but with wickets still in the shed Berridale were still confident of chasing down the total. K Oliver (1/26) was brought back into the attack and pinned down the Berridale batsman just as they needed to lift the run rate and eventually dismissed A O'Keeffe.

The run rate blew out to 10 an over and almost impossible for Berridale to chase down but with Walters starting to clear the ropes at regular intervals batting with S Freebody the pair put on a 50 run partnership.

The match was again evenly poised at 3/138 with nine overs remaining.

M Lowe (4/23) was given the task of bowling at the death and with both batsmen in and ready to swing things got very tight and the match was on in earnest. Bowling his line and length slow medium pacers, Lowe, got the much needed wicket of Freebody and Walters in consecutive overs. Berridale finished at 9/168. C Stevens 3 points, M Lowe 2 points and A Walters 1 point.

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