Cats v Dalgety
The Cats travelled to Dalgety for the third round of the Cooma McDonalds two day competition with both teams down to a mathematical chance of making the top four. The match was shaping up as a battle for the wooden spoon. The Cats elected to bat and with Monaro's premier batsman C. Khoury getting amongst the runs and cashing in on the short Dalgety boundaries and fast outfield racking up 159 in quick time. S. Wood played a handy support role bringing up 50. The Cats were rolled for a below par 240 with Dalgety making big inroads into the the chase cruising at 2/180 at the end of play with E. Hogan putting on a master class of batting sitting on 86 with a big score looking a very big possibility.
Jindabyne v Alpine
Jindabyne took on the Alpine who were missing a few key players which could be a precursor of things to come for the Alpine with university and school commitments looking likely to adversely affect the young team running into the finals. Jindabyne posted 207 with J. Fitzgerald leading the way with 64 with several Jindabyne batsmen getting starts and failing to go with it. N. Boate snared 6/26. Alpine were in big trouble at the end of the first day of play at 8/115 with M. Moxon getting amongst the runs with a well made 50.
Coffeys v Berridale
Coffeys hosted Berridale on a Rotary deck with a good covering of grass and showing the potential of some early seam and bounce. Berridale won the toss and elected to bowl in the hot conditions. J. Parkyn (1-11) got the early wicket. The hot temperatures led the Berridale bowlers to be bowled in short four over stints which worked a treat with wickets falling at regular intervals. J. Riley (2/6) got a wicket with his first ball and bowling in a great partnership with A. O'Keeffe (6/10) who destroyed the Coffeys middle order and tail end. S. Sommerville batted with very little support remaining not out with a handy 32. Coffeys were all out for a disappointing 61.
Coffeys, fired up by their poor performance with the bat, went hard at the Berridale top order who faced a small chase with a long time to bat stumbled early. Berridale crumbled to be 4/35. With Berridale sporting a longer then usual tail, the match was very much in the balance.
The Bruce brothers led a middle order fight back for Berridale with A. Bruce (23) playing a vital role before S. Sommerville (3/20) dismissed A. Bruce. The damage was done however as Berridale passed Coffeys small total in the 21st over. Berridale was all out shortly after for a dismal 87. Berridale had 45 mins to reap havoc on the Coffeys batting lineup and J. Riley (1-12) again did the damage picking up a wicket with his first ball. Berridale could have been well on top with several chances being put down late in the day. Berridale picked up another wicket right on the close of play when M. Bruce (1-1) bowled L. Schofield for 6. Coffeys finished the day at 2/26 with a two run lead in the chase for outright points.