By Ian Beeck | posted on October 22, 2020
REDBACKS opened their account with a thrilling win over Griffins in the opening round of the Albany and Districts Cricket Association Under 14s at Collingwood Park last Saturday.
Griffins batted first and started horribly when Hayden Leo was run out without facing a ball.
But opener Vincent Bascombe was joined by Jed Kowald and they put on an entertaining partnership of 38, dominated by Kowald who was scoring at a run a ball.
Kowald hit two fours in his 25, and once Bascombe departed for 18, Griffins collapsed to be all out for 91.
For Redbacks, Xavier McGregor and Bryden Guelfi both took a couple of wickets.
The classy Rory Sutherland got the Redbacks off to a promising start, before he was run out unnecessarily for 19 including a couple of boundaries.
Fynn Kelleher-Bird with 19 and a quick-fire 10 from McGregor had them closing in on the target but with wickets running low, before Harvey Taylor steadied the ship with a patient 11 and the Redbacks finished on 7/98 off their 25 overs.
Ryan Hams was the pick of the Griffins bowlers finishing with 3/7 off his three overs.
Blues went straight to the top of the ladder after they belted Plantagenet White by 150 runs.
At one stage the Blues were 1/147 with Teague Valli retiring on 50 with five boundaries, Charlie Cousins also retiring on 38 and a host of batsmen getting solid starts.
John Righton took 3/12 off his four overs to be a shining light for Plantagenet.
Maxwell Wright (17) and Ryan Bedford (13) had their side well placed at 1/32 but once they departed the tail collapsed and they were all out for 79 in the 31st over.
Warriors moved into second place with a 43-run victory over Denmark at Tigerland.
Opener Milan Jaggi set the tone with 39 off only 42 balls and son-of-a-gun Rory Luscombe made a quick-fire 31 before he was run out.
For Denmark, Jackson Ross hit four boundaries in a well-compiled 36.
The final game saw Kings 9/141 defeat Plantagenet Green, all out for 101.
Extras top-scored for the Kings with 51, including an astonishing 37 wides which cost Plantagenet the game.
Next week, in the game of the round, Redbacks take on Warriors at Collingwood Park on Saturday.
Denmark are at home to Plantagenet Green, Kings play Griffins at Tigerland and Plantagenet Green clash with an in-form Blues at Sounness Park.