Berridale hold off spirited fight back from Coffeys

Round 3 of the Cooma McDonalds two day competition was completed in warm conditions on Saturday. Dalgety picked up maximum points in defeating the Cooma Cats with an outright victory. Eddie Hogan continues to impress with the bat, scoring 118 and Matt Crowley got five wickets. Berridale scored first innings points holding back a spirited Coffeys fight back in the second innings. J. Moxon top scored with 42 and Andy Bartell picked up four wickets. Coffeys set Berridale 158 from 39 overs with Berridale finishing the day at 7/107. J. Riley scored 42* and Mark Williams bagged four wickets.

Jindabyne 207 and 180, Chad Stevens top scoring with 74, came away with a first innings win with Alpine all out 146. The table has Jindabyne on top with 50 points, Berridale 40, Coffeys 38, Alpine 32, Dalgety 27 and Cats 15. Next week sees the top of the table clash between Jindabyne and Berridale, Coffeys host Dalgety, whose late season from is seeing them in a real battle with the Alpine to grab that last semi-final spot, and the Cats desperate to get off the bottom of the table take on the Alpine which are really needing a win to fortify their position in the top four.

Coffeys v Berridale

Day 2 began with J. Moxon (42) and J. Nichols (17) getting a solid start. With the help of some terrible fielding from Berridale the pair put on 63 before J. Riley had Nichols caught behind. A. Bartell (4/22) was introduced into the attack and the change of bowling brought a rush of wickets as he took three wickets in his first over. With Coffeys floundering at 7/107, and a small 80 run lead, an outright victory was looking a big possibility. The Coffeys tail showed some solid resistance as the Berridale bowlers started to run out of steam in the trying conditions. A. Moon (34*) led the fight back and put Coffeys into a position where an unlikley outright victory would be a chance. Coffeys' M. Introna declared the innings closed at 9/176 setting Berridale a tough chase of 158 from 39 overs on a wearing wicket. Some good tight bowling from S. Summerville (0-5) and L. Schofield (1-7) put a halt to Berridale chasing outright points and Berridale went into survival mode. The change in tactics brought on the slow bowlers and the fielders into attacking positions. M. Introna (2/18) and M. Williams (4/64) bowled well in tandem as the slow bowling from Introna and off spinners from Williams seemed to get a bit more out of the wearing Rotary deck.

The Berridale middle order failed to come to terms with the lack of pace from Introna and varying bounce and turn from Williams as several soft catches were spooned to the close in fielders. At 6/48, and still a minimum of 11 overs left in the days play, Coffeys were right in the hunt for an outright victory, but a handy knock from J. Riley (41*), who took full advantage of the attacking fielders, played some attacking shots and with the help of some poor catching from the Coffeys side took the game away from the plucky Coffeys outfit. Berridale finished the day at 7/107.

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