With forecast temperatures of mid to high 30s it was going to be another hot afternoon on the Monaro cricket fields on Saturday. The cloud cover kept the temperatures down to make it quite comfortable for most of Saturday afternoon. Jindabyne defeated the Alpine, Coffeys 5/129 defeated Cooma Cannons all out 123 and the Cooma Cats 5/125 defeated Berridale all out 120.
In Berridale, the home side elected to bat first and were off to a cautious start after the loss of an early wicket and were 1/39 off the first 10 overs. Hearn (60) and Redmond (16) built a nice partnership until Redmond was dismissed by D. Asanvoski (2/28) when he chopped a ball onto his leg stump. O'Keeffe (14) joined Hearn and with Berridale missing a few key batsmen the pair would have to bat a large chunk of the innings if Berridale were to post a decent score. Hearn continued to play his shots and was looking very comfortable coming into the drinks break when Asanovski had one over left in his allotted overs and had Hearn adjudged LBW with the score on 103. The Cats then went on a rampage destroying the Berridale middle and tail end in quick time with the part time bowling of K Khoury (4/8) and M Choudhury (2/15) doing the damage. Berridale were all out for a disappointing total of 120 only batting 36 overs.
Sporting a new look batting lineup, the Cats, took to ground knowing that 120 was a fairly easy chase. But at 3/10 after five overs things became a little tight and what was an easy chase was now in tatters after the Berridale openers J Mugridge (2/27) and J Riley (1/17) ripped through the top order. C Khoury (56*) and M Choudhury restored the Cats innings with C Khoury once again showing Berridale why he is one of the premier batsman on the Monaro playing a classy knock taking full toll of anything loose. Choudhury (32) who had an early life but continued to play attacking cricket but with the score on 63 with a bit of work remaining Choudhury was dismissed caught and bowled from L Redmond (1/29) and with J Parkyn (1/14) picking up a wicket in the next over the Cats had slumped to 5/69. With the match in the balance with Berridale needing one more wicket to break into the Cats tail Khoury lifted the run rate and with the help of S Wood (14*) the score was passed in the 25th over.
This Friday will see the Rugby League take on Soccer in Clash of the Codes.
On Saturday Cooma Cannons take on Berridale at Nijong Oval, Coffeys play Jindabyne at Rotary Oval and Cooma Cats face Alpine at Snowy Oval.