Coffeys take the lead

With the top four of the Monaro District Cricket Competition now set, the battle is on in earnest to secure the much wanted minor premiership with all four teams having a mathematical chance of taking out the minor premiership.

After the weekend's games, Coffeys has jumped into first spot with 91 points over Jindabyne on 87. The Cats follow with 84 and Berridale are close behind on 82 points.

Saturday's matches all got under way with the drizzle coming and going throughout the day. All of Saturdays matches were completed with a couple of upsets which have given the table a real shake up.

Berridale 8/164 defeated Cooma Cats all out 130, Alpine 9/192 Tim Williams knocking up a ton defeating Jindabyne all out 97 and Coffeys picking up maximum points with an outright win over the Cooma Cannons. Sunday's Treloar Griffen Shield was a wash out after overnight and morning rain gave little chance of any play and the matches were called off.

The Clash of the Codes was once again postponed after rain on Friday morning prevented a wicket being prepared.

The match is now to be played on Sunday afternoon at Rotary with the option of taking it to one of the synthetic wickets if the wet weather sticks around.

Cooma Cats vs Berridale

Cooma Cats won the all important toss and elected to bowl under heavy sky's with the forecast of heavy rain batting second could be most beneficial. Berridale got off to a steady start being 0/30 after 11 overs before S Wood (2/18) removed Hearn (24).

A collapse followed with Berridale slumping to 3/37. S Freebody (59) and J Riley (25) restored the Berridale innings putting on 49 for the fourth wicket in quick time.

The Cats were bowling good line and length and with the addition of a damp slow outfield lifting the run rate was becoming a bit of a problem for the Berridale batsman. Berridale got to 4/100 after 37 overs.

The tail eventaully got the run rate moving in the right direction and even with the loss of S Freebody in the closing overs via a nice stumping off the bowling of T Wall (2/13) Berridale posted a very competitive 8/158.

With Berridale sporting a handy bowling attack the game plan was a fairly simple one of keeping it tight and let the scoreboard pressure bring about the rash shot.

The Cats got off to a good start with K Regan (7) and M Hynes (31) having litte trouble against the new ball taking the score to 43. A Bruce was brought into the attack and while Alex might go for a few runs his sharp short pitched bodyline type bowling often brings a wicket as well as the odd bruise and this week was no different as he rermoved Regan and hit M Hynes with a short ball which rattled the young opener.

With the breakthrough done the bowling pair of A O'Keeffe (1/9 off 9) and J Riley (3/9 off 9) applied the breaks to the Cats run rate as the pair helped by some good fielding kept the Cats middle order pegged down and as the run rate started to become an issue the wickets followed with Riley dismissing the key Cats batsmen of S Wood, C Khoury and G Van Der Platt.

With the tail in site D Asanovski (29) and K Khoury (16) began a rescue mission putting on 49 and getting the Cats into a postition where victory was a possibility until Asanovski was caught in the deep off the bowling of A Bartell (1/23). M Robinson (2/5) cleaned up the Cats tail taking the last two wickets with consecutive balls. Cats were all out for 132.

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