The Monaro District Cricket Association welcomed the warm conditions for the weekend with several batsmen posting big scores in the ideal batting conditions. The Cats defeated a nine man Jindabyne side in a closely fought match with Chris Khoury posting his first ton of the year. Berridale 1/181 (B Hearn 114*) defeated Coffeys all out 180 (Z Smith 74) and the Cooma Cannons forfeited against the Alpine.
Jindabyne lead the competition with 78 points followed by Berridale and Coffeys who are tied on 74 points each. Cooma Cats are on 69 with the Alpine on 46 and the Cooma Cannons on 14.
This weeks matches see a top of the table clash between Jindabyne and Berridale at the Station. Coffeys play the Alpine at Rotary Oval and the Cooma Cats v Cooma Cannons at Snowy Oval.
Hearn makes a ton
A commanding 114* to Ben Hearn gave Berridale a convincing win against Coffeys on Saturday.
An understrength Coffeys outfit won the toss and elected to bat in warm conditions on a fast Berridale ground. They got off to a shaky start loosing two early wickets with Jack Parkyn (2/17) removing both opening batsmen.
Zach Smith (74) didn't let the loss of the openers stem his batting and went after the Berridale bowlers taking full advantage of some wayward bowling, fast outfield and short legside boundaries. Smith was well supported by Damo Hayden (16), with the pair putting on 60 for the fourth wicket before Andrew O'Keeffe (1/16) got the better of the talented young batsmen removing Hayden with the score on 100.
Smith seemed to sense the urgency of the situation and his stroke play became a bit more unconventional and with some assistance from the Berridale fielders Smith looked certain to post a big score but a change in bowlers brought about Smith's dismissal as Laurence Redmond (2/7) knocked Smith's stumps out of the ground.
With the score at 5/124 Berridale had broken into the long tail of the Coffeys batting lineup and a routing looked on the cards but some gutsy batting from some of the more senior players on the Monaro led by captain Mike Introna with a handy 33* helped Coffeys to 180 all out in the 44th over.
A score of 180 looked a bit skinny but Coffeys went hard at the Berridale openers Hearn (114*) and Hayes (31). Hayes got an early life after calling a suicide single saw both batsman at one end only for the Coffeys fielders to muff two chances at hitting the stumps which gave Hayes enough time to scamper back to make his ground. The opening batsmen made their way to 86 before Introna got the breakthrough removing Hayes' offstump. With the score on 1/95 at drinks Coffeys needed some quick wickets after the drinks break. Hearn gave them a chance but the catch was put down as he picked up the rate of scoring bringing up his 50 with a six. With the field spread Redmond (21) and Hearn pushed the ball into the gaps and ran well between the wickets often turning ones into twos. Berridale passed the Coffeys total in the 33rd over with Hearn hitting the winning runs with a six.