Monday, October 12, 2009

The New Season Starts

City United have made an outstanding start to a 09/10 with strong performances in all three grades on the first day of the season.

Dan Mitchell's first grade babes had Souths on the ropes at 6-60 and again at 8-134 and the experience of letting runs be added among the tail will stick with them for later games. In the end, they are chasing a target well within range of this new look batting line up and Aaron Flaherty showed Tamworth why he's considered a star on the rise.

Souths 209 (Ross Steyn 3-52, Tom Wilson 3-58, Brendon Reynolds 2-24) v City 2-75 (Aaron Flaherty 52x)

In seconds, a serious injury to Sean Hancock took some of the lustre of an otherwise spectacular season start which included a brilliant century to Anthony Cashman. The bowlers have started the work and just have to finish it for first innings points.

City 8-236 dec (Anthony Cashman 108x) v Souths 4-65

Thirds have already secured first innings points thanks to Hamish Batley, who had a day out against Souths. Batley, Ryan Sippel and Kaine Phillpot ran through the opposition with the ball but the fielding was hot, hot, hot, including Sippel's Punter like run out when he dived at square leg and downed the castle with a one-stump aim. The batsmen, led by Batley and Rod Pryor, who batted with style and aggression but also including strong hands from Glen Ryan, Sippel and Pierre Steyn, set up a commanding lead. Possible outright points in the offing.

Souths 57 (Hamish Batley 3-4, Ryan Sippel 3-0, Kaine Phillpot 2-7) v City 9-257 (Hamish Batley 77, Rod Pryor 32)

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