Monaro under 14s crowned premiers

The Mainstreet under 14s Monaro cricket team were crowned premiers in the ACT U14 division 2 competition on Saturday with a thumping 8/235 defeating Radford College all out 94.

In a fantastic team effort, captain Charlie Allen retired on 53, Lachie Jones was 50* and Luke Day picked up a hat-trick.

Radford won the toss and batted first, with the format for the game being a 50 overs per side split into quarters.

Luke Day and Toby Haylock opened the bowling for Monaro. With both bowling accurately, and Radford's defensive approach, scoring was kept to a minimum.

Jake Hedger and Charlie Allen both kept the pressure on, with Charlie taking a good caught and bowled to have Radford at 1/18 after 11 overs.

Hedger and Allen finished their spells conceding just six runs. Andrew Devereux and Archie Allen both applied pressure and with Radford content to continue their tactics of retaining wickets in their first 25 overs, finished at the break at 1/34.

Archie Allen and Andrew Devereux opened the batting for Monaro and knew that a strong start was required to build a large score for Radford to chase.

Both batsmen played positively and pushed the score to 48 before Archie Allen was bowled for a well compiled 12 runs. Charlie Allen was next in, whilst Andrew Devereux was out for a well played 28. The in-form batsman of the team, Jake Hedger joined Charlie at the crease, with this partnership vital in building a good score.

Jake was playing very sensibly and when the loose ball was bowled, he dispatched it over the fence. At the lunch break, Hedger was on 40 runs, which included five sixes, while Charlie was playing the support role to be on 17.

Monaro went into the break at 2/112 in a strong position with 25 overs for each to face.

Hedger was out shortly after the break for an excellent 40 runs. Luke Day joined Charlie at the crease, and took the score to 144 before Day (6) was out looking for quick runs. The big hitting Lachie Jones was next in and provided entertaining batting in combination with Allen to take the score to over 200, when Allen retired at 53. This was a great captain's knock from Charlie and had placed his team in a very strong position. James Hayden joined Jones at the crease, and with Lachie smashing the demoralised Radford attack around, Monaro built a very strong lead.

Hayden was out for 6 and with quick runs required, Matt Swain (2), Declan Gregory (1), Toby Haylock (0) left Aaron Pottage to help Lachie Jones to reach his 50 from the last ball of the innings. Monaro reached 8/235 which was the best team effort all season.

After Radford's slow tactics from their first 25 overs, they required 202 runs for victory from the remaining 25 overs. They came out with more intent and scored quickly to be at 1/58, however the re-introduction of Luke Day and Archie Allen, who both bowled terrific line and length, put the pressure back on Radford to keep the run rate going.

Day clean bowled two batsmen to have the score at 4/59 and was on a hat-trick with his first ball in his next over. Archie Allen bowled another tight over which brought on Radford's captain to face Luke on his hat-trick ball. Luke's pace proved too much and a great catch was taken by James Hayden at first slip for him to claim his hat-trick.

Day bowled another batsman to have Radford reeling at 6/69 and for him to finish with the outstanding figures of 4/11 from eight overs. Matt Swain and Declan Gregory both picked up a wicket each to have Radford at 9/94. Tim Gregory who was a valuable member of the team , until he broke his finger, was back for this match and a great way to end Radford's innings was a wicket with his first ball caught by his brother, Declan to have Radford all out for 94.

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