1st grade have continued their unbeaten start to the season, beating Scarborough by 4 runs after a tense finish at Burrendah.
Defending last week’s total of 250, Matt Hanna made good use of the new ball, taking a wicket with just 7 runs on the board.
The Seagulls were able to build some partnerships, but regular wickets from Oliver Arkinstall, Waheguru Dhillion, and Zach Ferris reduced them to 5 for 129.
A partnership of 72 from the sixth wicket brought the game back to an even keel, before Arkinstall intervened by hitting the timber.
Two quick wickets to Dhillon then left Scarborough’s last wicket pair with 32 runs to get.
The visitors made a good fist of it, combining solid defence with expansive strokeplay to bring a famous victory within reach.
With just 5 runs left to get, a catch was chipped to cover off the bowling of Dhillon, with Iszak Milentis taking a diving catch to secure a win at the last gasp.
Dhillon was the outstanding bowler, taking 5/60 from 26.2 overs, with Arkinstall (2/59 from 21 overs), Hanna (1/17 from 8 overs), and Ferris (1/31 from 12 overs) also among the wickets.
2nd grade weren’t able to get over the line at Justin Langer Oval, going down by 58 runs.
Lincoln Joy and Liam Hindle resumed at 1 for 89 in pursuit of Scarborough’s total of 264, with Hindle departing early in the day for 15.
A procession of wickets fell from there, with Lachlan Lake the only contributor of any note, managing 14 in his return to the club.
Joy remained undefeated while the batting collapsed around him, and brought up a brilliant hundred in the 71st over.
The opener fell soon after for 108, with the Dragons all out soon after for 206.
The Seagulls elected to bat again as the close of play neared, with the teams shaking hands after 14.4 overs.
3rd grade wrapped up a comprehensive win, bowling Scarborough out for 183 to win by 136 runs.
Lachie Searle claimed two early wickets with the new ball to rock Scarborough’s chase, leaving them at 2 for 19, before a stand of 50 for the third wicket was broken by Chris Lagana.
Stewart Hepburn, Cameron Becker, and Jarod Bridge all got in on the act to leave the Seagulls at 6 for 92, at a run rate well short of what was required.
Bevan Hargrave then cleaned up the lower order, with his spell including 3 wickets being taken without a run conceded.
A last wicket partnership of 64 delayed the inevitable before it was broken by Hepburn, securing a comprehensive win.
Hargrave (3/35 from 9 overs), Hepburn (2/14 from 12 overs), and Searle (2/17 from 8 overs) were the multiple wicket takers, with singles for Becker, Bridge, and Lagana.
4th grade also registered a big victory, defeating Scarborough by 158 runs.
Defending last week’s huge total of 322, James Scott and Arnav Pimple claimed early wickets to leave the Seagulls in all sorts at 3 for 15.
Khushdilpreet Sandhu claimed three wickets through the middle overs, with captain Aaron McCall also taking a wicket to reduce the score to 7 for 69.
A partnership of 55 for the eighth wicket was broken by Brayden Lee, who then claimed another quick wicket to just about wrap up the game.
Lee then ended some last wicket resistance a short time later to bowl out Scarborough for 164, with he (3/17 from 5.2 overs) and Sandhu (3/28 from 10 overs) the standout bowlers.
Under 17’s weren’t able to defend last week’s total of 189, with the Seagulls winning in the chase at Burrendah.
The Dragons were in the game after reducing the Seagulls for 3 for 52, but a series of strong middle order partnerships saw the visitors track down their target with 8 overs to spare, for the loss of 5 wickets.
Captain Ethan Smith was proactive, trying nine bowlers, with Lagan Sandhu (2/16 from 3 overs), Lawson Baker (2/29 from 9 overs) and Ajit Pal Singh (1/26 from 9 overs) the wicket takers.
Under 15’s couldn’t get over the line away from home, losing by 18 runs.
In pursuit of Scarborough’s total of 195, the Dragons started strongly, with Rajat Deskmush leading the way with 66 at the top of the order.
Unfortunately, a procession of wickets fell as the required run rate began to climb, with a lower order collapse following Deskmush’s dismissal leaving the final score at 177.