Saturday, December 18, 2010

City United v Norths, 18/12/10

1st Grade at Scully Park
Norths 7-203 (Bede Young 3-35, Dan Lawrence 2-26, Cale Penrith 2-38) defeated City United 110 (Richie O'Halloran 21, Anthony Dutton 14, Bill North 14, Peter Mead 14)
Never really in the hunt despite making Norths feel a little pressure early on. Four guys made starts but no one finished. Improved form from Bill who spent some useful time in the middle and good see Richie O playing more like last season. Bede took some big wickets in his second spell.

2nd Grade at Belmore
City United 128 (Michael Bellamy 33, Sean Hancock 22, Luke O'Connor 21) lost to Norths 7-130 (Robbie Gregg 2-24, Al Austin 2-24)
2nds all but batted out their overs against a stern opposition. Nice hands from Sean and Michael and welcome back to Luke. Norths were made to work hard for the win with Jack, Robbie, Al and Hamish outstanding defending a small total on a smaller ground.

3rd Grade at Minor League
City United 9-151 (Tim Hunt 45, Simon Bellamy 35, Trent Balderston 16, Matt Ballantine 15) lost to Norths 4-155 (Simon Bellamy 3-36)
A 58 run 3rd wicket partnership between Tim and Simon was the cornerstone of the innings but unfortunately no one got going after that. A good eight over spell of left arm spin from Simon kept Norths honest, as did six tight overs from Pat Dwyer. Norths got their in the 38th over.

4th Grade at Riverside 7
City United 101 (Jim Stacy 25, Adam Ballantine 21, Mark Chew 20) lost to Norths 3-104 (Mick Cullen 2-26)
Never enough runs on a ground which still had the long grass on it despite being mown. Chewy showed class doesn't age and Adam led a last minute rear guard action from No10 but it was that renaissance man Jim Stacy who was the star with his highest score for the club. Never had a hope of defending the total but Mick and Paul bowled really well.

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