Coffey's Cavaliers Cricket club, coming off their 25th anniversary celebratory weekend, defeated the Cooma Cats Cricket club in their first meeting for season 2012 on Saturday at Rotary Oval. The match started late and in good conditions. The Cats won the toss and sent the Cavaliers in and had early success with Shirvington (3/33) getting rid of the top order. Unfortunately, for the Cats this only brought Sam Williams to the crease and as usual he pasted the attack to all parts of Rotary Oval and beyond for his 120 before his wicket fell near the end of their innings to an edge off Wood (4/23). Coffey's closed their innings at 7/187. In reply, the Cats were steady but some tight bowling from Summerville (1/13), Tranerud (1/10), and Sam Williams (4/29) saw the Cats come up short all out for 94 in the 35th over. The best for the cats were Elliot (24) and Wood (21).
In the other matches Berridale 6/238 defeated Alpine all out 164 and Jindabyne 1/58 defeated Cooma Cannons all out 48.
Berridale won the toss and elected to bat against an Alpine team missing a few of their key players.
Berridale got off to the perfect start doing it quite easy at a run a ball. J Ewart (0/23) was bowling with good pace and was unlucky not to pick up a few wickets. The bowling at the other end was a little on the loose side and Hearn (56) and Hayes (26) punished anything short and wide. A change of bowling was due and skipper N Boate (3/42) brought himself on and the change bought about the fall of Hayes and Hearn shortly after. At the drinks break Berridale were sitting in a solid position at 2/95.
Matt Bruce (30) earned a much deserved call up into the coveted number three position and showed some real class playing a supportive role to the attacking middle order of the Berridale lineup.
The Alpine bowlers were starting to apply the breaks to the Berridale innings with the run rate slowing to just over four an over but with plenty of wickets left in the shed Berridale were prepared to let loose in the final 15 overs and that's what Adam Walters (63) did getting after the Alpine "ring ins" dispatching many a ball to the boundary and a few sailing well over it. Walters was dismissed from the leg spin bowling of S Freebody (2/33) who was on loan from the Berridale outfit.
The Alpine bowlers did well in the last few overs to restrict Berridale to 6/237 as a score of 250 plus was on the cards with five overs to go.
With the Alpine needing to score at more than five an over to win the first 10 overs were going to be crucial. The Berridale opening bowler J Riley (3/24) was on song and he was well supported by the fielders and after 10 overs the Alpine were in a world of trouble at 3/30.
The Alpine were staring down at a heavy defeat and victory was almost impossible. N Boate (59) provided some much needed back bone to the Alpine innings grafting a near chanceless half ton. Berridale's extremely high fielding standards, including a wonderful sharp catch at short midwicket to Jake Hedger, slipped after the drinks break and a few dropped catches followed letting the Alpine batsman get some much needed time at the wicket.
A Schofield (28) playing a late over cameo hitting several boundaries making up for his less then happy day in the field. Alpine were all out in the 44th over for 164.