A cracking weekend of top cricket

Another cracking weekend of cricket on the Monaro with Jindabyne 5/133 defeating Berridale 8/116, Cooma Cats 7/111 (dec) defeated Cooma Cannons all out for 88 and the Alpine defeating Coffeys in a low scoring match at Rotary. In the Konica cup Monaro 3/145 defeated Weston Creek 6/141 and in the second game Gungahlin North 6/126 defeated Monaro 5/125 in a last ball thriller. Monaro have now pogressed to the Konica cup semi final on a superior net run rate.

Monaro V Weston Creek

Weston Creek won the toss and elected to bat and got off to the perfect start taking full adavantage of the fielding restrictions in the first six overs. Weston Creek just ticking under 10 an over with the opening batsman finding regular boundaries. After copping some early stick D Asanovski (1/30) got the breakthrough and with the introduction of the captain Andrew O'Keeffe (3/21) and the off spin from Hayes and Williams and a more committed effort in the field. Monaro pulled the run rate back and after 20 overs Weston Creek posted a very formidable 6/141.

With Monaro needing to win to just about guarantee a spot in the semi final Monaro would have to bat very well to chase down the big total. O'Keeffe (35) bumped himself up to opener to help stabilise the Monaro top order and after an early chance he did as planned and got Monaro into a winning position with the run rate down to a managable seven runs an over. Sam Williams (56) and Chris Khoury (32) did a wonderful job at the crease with some great running between the wickets and with the odd boundary thrown in the pair whittled away at the score. With 30 runs required from the last four overs one big over would just about get Monaro home and Williams and Khoury provided httting 12 off the 17th over including a big six to Khoury. Khoury was unluckily runout in the next over with a direct hit from just inside the boundary with the finish line in sight. Williams calmly finished the game in the 19th over with a massive six over mid on.

Man of the match Andrew O'Keeffe.

Monaro V Norths Gungahlin

Monaro won the toss and elected to bat and with a couple of injuries picked up in the first game and with Monaro all but qualified only needing to not get beaten soundly a change in the batting lineup was given the go ahead and it worked a treat with Tim Williams (49) and Mitch Hynes (23) putting on a classy 50 run opening partnership at just under seven an over.

With Monaro poised and ready to post a big total with wickets in the shed. However the introduction of former Canberra Comets off spinner H Axleby (2/16) made the task of increasing the run rate a tough ask and the boundaries dried up in the final overs. Monaro posted 5/125 which was probably 15 to 20 below par. Monaro just needed to keep the game close and the best method was going to field well and take wickets.

Monaro could have got off to a perfect start with an easy run out chance missed on the very first ball of the innings, This proved to be a very costly error as the pair took to the Monaro bowling attack putting on a very handy 95 run partnership with J Fitzsimmon (71) doing the bulk of the scoring. Monaro finally got the breakthrough with Laurance Redmond running Fitzsimmon out. The Monaro boys got together at the fall of the wicket and the realisation set in that if we didn't pick up our act in the last six overs we could miss out on a semi final spot. As Monaro has done in just about every game in the Konica cup our final five overs produced some great line and length bowling and the intensity in the field picked up as the Norths Gungahlin batsman started to falter with the pressure building. Kris Oliver (2/20) was bought back into the attack and got Monaro right back in the game with two overs of quality quick bowling. Rang's body was starting to feel the massive amount of cricket he had played over the last month and he ignored the pain and pushed hard into the wicket picking up two wickets and only conceeding 5 runs in his final 2 overs. Norths gungarlin required 6 runs off the final over and Adam Walters was given the task of bowling the final over, with a dot ball off his first delivery, the next two balls went for two aided by two fumbles in the deep from Hearn followed by another dot ball and then tragically Walters bowled a wide tying the match. The next ball Hearn took a nice catch at mid off and the match was still alive. The last ball of the match was hit straight to Hearn at mid off and with all three stumps on offer he missed the run out and Norths Gungahlin won the match on the final ball of the innings.

Man of the Match- Kris Oliver

Jindabyne v Berridale

An understrengthed Berridale side won the toss and elected to bat and got off to the worst possible start being 5/22 in only the 16th over (Kris Oliver 3/16 and Craig Dixon 2/16) doing the bulk of the damage. Berridale staring down the barrell of major hiding went into conserve mode with Ben McKendrick (32) playing an anchor role making sure Berridale batted its 45 overs to stand any chance of winning the match. Alex Bruce (28) back from HSC exams found some form against the best bowling attack in the comp swatting several balls to the ropes. Jake Riley (15) joined McKendrick for the final 10 overs and the pair bought a bit of respectability to the total 8/116.

Berridale would need quick wickets if they stood any chance of keeping Jindabyne to under 116 and Alex Bruce (2/26) provided the early wickets picking up two wickets in consecutive overs. However Alex was getting very little support from the other end as runs flowed at alrming rates from the in form bat of Kris Oliver (47). Young leg spinner Andy Bartel (2/29) was bought into the attack and had instant reward dismising Oliver but the damage was done with B'O'Reilly (38) finishing off the chase in quick time with Jindabyne passing the Berridale score in the 16th over.

3 points K Oliver, 2 points C Dixon, 1 point B O'Reilly.

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