The second week of Twenty20 action on the Monaro saw some very competitive scores and some very close matches. At Snowy Oval Cooma Cats accounted for the Dalgety/Berridale team. The Dalgety team put in a strong performance with both bat and ball with Bob Smith picking up a hat-trick but some solid hitting from T20 specialist Mitch Hynes was enough for the Cats to take home the spoils.
In the second match Berridale won the toss and elected to bat. The in-form pair of L. Redmond (48) and B. Hearn (78) got Berridale off to a flyer. Redmond and Hearn had the run rate up around nine an over. The pair chanced their arms against the Cats attack and with the help of a few catches put down in the deep the pair put on 102 in quick time before K. Khouri (1-26) had Redmond caught. M. Bruce (21*) joined Hearn and the pair continued to score at ease. Hearn eventually holed out to the bowling of D. Asanovski (1-32) and with the score on 140 with three overs left A. Bruce (14*) joined younger brother Matt and the pair scored 29 off the last three overs giving Berridale a very healthy 2/169.
Cats got off to a cautious start with C. Khoury (115) and K. Regan (9) putting on 66 in nine overs before L. Redmond (1/35) dismised Regan. After a couple of lucky escapes early in his innings C. Khoury, the Monaro captain, took full toll on the Berridale bowling attack smashing anything short or wayward amassing seven sixes and 11 fours in a masterful display of power hitting. Khoury dominated the strike putting on several partenerships, most notable was a 55 run partnership with S. Wood who scored five. Khoury got the run rate up to over nine an over and an unlikely victory almost looked like a certain victory.
S. Freebody (2/22) got the big wicket, bowling Khoury and with the Cats needing 20 off three overs this was going right down to the wire. The 18th over was a big over from M. Bruce taking two wickets and only two runs scored off the over and the match swung back to Berridale. Cats needed 12 off the last over and some great fielding from Berridale saw four Cats batsmen run out in the final over leaving the Cats two runs short of victory.
In the third match Alpine won the toss and elected to bat against Berridale. Fresh from the onslaught of Khoury in the last match the bowlers got their lines right and produced a much better performance with only three balls making the boundary. J. Parkyn (2/17) did the damage early leaving the Alpine at 2/25 after five overs. T. Williams (32) and J. Smith (19) gave the Alpine innings some stability, putting on 50 before scoreboard pressure no doubt played a role in both of their dismissals with M. Bruce removing Williams with the score on 84.
The Alpine could only manage 11 runs from their final five overs, finishing their 20 overs with 6/95. Berridale lost an early wicket but Hearn (18) and M. Bruce (13) looked quite comfortable and the small run chase was going to plan for the Berridale team until J. Smith (2/15) got a double breakthrough in the 7th over. With Berridale sporting a longer then usual tail end the run chase was now on in earnest. J. Hayden (3/16) was bought into the attack and had instant success trapping Hearn in front.
The Berridale tail end struggled in the fading light and only A. Bartel (10*) and L. Jones (8) showed any signs of a tail end fight back. C. Hillman (2/14) having L. Jones caught. The match was all but lost for Berridale but with six overs remaining and the dark of night setting in Berridale could have escaped with a win via NRR but it wasn't to be as A. Allen and N. Boate picked up the last two wickets.
With the last wicket falling with three balls left in the over.
Nijong Oval matches saw Alpine defeat Jindabyne and Coffeys defeat Jindabyne in the first game and Coffeys defeated Dalgety/Berridale.