- Kukerin Dumbleyung Cricket Club
- Kukerin Bowls
- Wednesday Pennant Tennis
- Dumbleyung Offshore Fishing Club
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Kukerin Dumbleyung Cricket Club
With a hot day forecast and the Harrismith ground adding a few degrees, the winner of the toss would gain some advantage. Captain Kalan Joyce again won the toss showing that his captaincy was earned not just for his leadership and cricket nous but for his luck as well. Without hesitation he chose to bat.
Newly formed opening partnership Dame Leo and Matthew Gilfellon went out to bat with the basic orders of ‘just bat 45 overs and score about 100’. Unfortunately this wasn’t quite to be however when the first wicket fell the score was on 68 which was in keeping with the request to form good partnerships. Captain Kalan Joyce came in and with Dame Leo they set about capitalising on the good start. Both showed good touch and the run rate began to increase, paving the way for a large total. As the batsmen set about to finish the innings tight bowling restricted the run rate and despite a Lee Smith cameo at the end of the innings Kukerin-Dumbleyung finished on 5/211. A solid total but with a strong Harrismith batting line up it was less than what had been hoped.
The dangerous opening attack of Scott Gray and David Head got off to a good start leaving Harrismith on 2/16. Harrismith not only consolidated but kept the run rate high. The bowlers were rotated to try and restrict the scoring and find a vital breakthrough however this was somewhat without success and by drinks Harrismith found that they had recovered to be in a good position, ahead of Kukerin-Dumbleyung at the same stage. After drinks the bowler rotation continued. This was despite good pressure built through the bowling of Scott Gray and Kalan Joyce. The game then swung around when David Head, of bowler status, picked up the dangerous Aaron Quartermaine which was then followed by Matthew Gilfellon, of non-bowler status getting two wickets on the following over. All of a sudden Kukerin-Dumbleyung were in with a chance and the bowler rotation returned in order to finish the game off. Over the last overs neither team was able to gain an advantage. The run rate required remained around eight per over however Harrismith kept finding the runs. With four overs left the Gray/Head bowling combination returned and through some good bowling they were able to keep Kukerin-Dumbleyung just ahead. At the end of the innings Harrismith were restricted to 7/206 and for the first time Kukerin Dumbleyung progressed through to the Grand Final.
The support for the team was fantastic on Saturday with a big crowd in attendance to watch the game (and a little bit to read gossip magazines). The Grand Final is this Saturday against a powerful Cuballing at Cuballing. Finals do have an early start so if you’re interested in attending please check for times closer to the day.
Above: The great support crew at match
D Leo 82 M Gilfellon 2/23 (4)
K Joyce 78* S Gray 2/34 (9)
M Gilfellon 27 D Head 2/40 (10)
Article by Jiminy Cricket
The Quack Chat wishes the Kukerin Dumbleyung Cricket Club all the best in this weekends Grandfinal match in Cuballing!
Kukerin Bowls Club
Sunday saw the final of both the ladies and men’s pennant competition played at Kukerin. The ladies final was played between Karlgarin who had finished the season in top position and Kondinin who managed to get to the final from third. In a closely fought contest Kondinin ladies managed to break a thirty four year pennant drought and consequently there was great excitement for their team at the end of the game.
The men’s final was once again between the two powerhouse clubs in the league for the last number of years. Kulin successfully defended their pennant flag from last season against a gallant Kondinin side to be crowned pennant champions. Three rinks were closely fought but one rink from Kulin played very well to record a large win.
Kukerin Bowling club plan to conduct their wind-up on Saturday April 2nd. To date it is planned to play Mixed pairs during the afternoon followed by the wind-up in the evening.
Wednesday Pennant Tennis
The semi final was held on March 2 with Kukerin defeating Tarin Rock and progressing to the final to play Dumbleyung on March 9. The final was played at Dumbleyung and with a home ground advantage Dumbleyung went on to defeat Kukerin six sets to three.
The Dumbleyung team would like to thank greenkeeper, Dave Wall for maintaining the grounds all season and ensuring a home ground advantage!