Kukerin Dumbleyung Cricket Club
The day got off to a good start when Captain Kalan Joyce won the toss and chose to bat, allowing the team to sit in the shade on the sidelines while Wandering fielded in the heat. The reliable opening pair of Dame Leo and Matt Gilfellon got off to an unreliable start before Kalan Joyce, after making a start, fell when the score was on 42. At 3/42 it was looking tough but four balls later at 6/43 it was looking like the drive would be longer than the game. The team needed someone, well someones actually, to stand up and the Scotts, Jefferis and Gray did just that. Both known for their quick scoring, they played incredible innings, showing plenty of discipline and fortitude to make a 107 run stand off 23 overs, taking the score to 150 before Scott Gray fell. Supported by Cody Ditchburn, Scott Jefferis batted on. In supreme style he brought up his century with a six, a strike so powerful it sent the fielder crashing through the fence. In trying to repeat this Scott was caught for 104 before the unbelievable happened; Wandering captured their second hat-trick of the day to abruptly end the Kukerin-Dumbleyung innings in the 43rd over. Despite the five ducks, Kukerin-Dumbleyung managed to score 186 thanks to the Scotts’ partnership.
Back in the game the team strode on to the field confident of defending their total. Scott Gray and David Head started off well but unfortunately the bowlers weren’t backed up by the fielders and due to a few dropped catches Wandering faced off the opening bowlers without losing a wicket. Conan Holder and Kalan Joyce then took over, again bowling well without success. With the situation worsening Conan struck the first blow, picking up a key wicket. At drinks the game was evenly balanced, Wandering only one wicket down but needed 100 of the last 23 overs. Highlighting the limited bowling depth, the ball was thrown to Matt Gilfellon who proceeded to not do a lot apart from filling in a few overs. Luckily Kalan Joyce was applying the pressure from the other end and was rewarded with a wicket before Scott Gray was brought back into the attack and claimed another. Good bowling restricted the Wandering batsman and they were not able to keep up with the required run rate. With the game in the bag, David Head turned the unbelievable into the unimaginable and claimed the third hat-trick of the day. Wandering had batted well but fell short, finishing the day at 7/156.
There is one game left before Christmas to be played this Saturday at Dumbleyung against Cuballing. Despite a week to week struggle to find players the team still sits on five wins and one loss so this game gives a chance to head into the break in a strong position. Spectators are welcome to come and watch, it is always great to see plenty of faces around the ground.
S Jefferis 104
D Head 3/23 (10)
S Gray 28
C Holder 2/42 (10)
K Joyce 21
K Joyce 1/29 (10)
Article by Jiminey Cricket
Kukerin Bowling Club
In the men’s section of the event Graeme Smith and Phil Adams played well enough to also win their way into the final against Newdegate. It was a close contest early, however, as the game wore on the Kukerin pair gained control and won convincingly thus becoming League champions for season 2016-17.
Sunday was the triples competition again played in very hot conditions. Kukerin’s ladies team of Therese King, Claudia Faulkner and Deb Smith played well enough to get to the final but were outplayed by the Kulin ladies in the final. The men’s team of Ian Faulkner, Tim Adams and Ross Ditchburn also made their way into the final on percentages from their sectional play. The final played against Lake Grace was a very close contest and going into the final end scores were locked together, however Lake Grace were able to get the one shot needed to win the title of League champions for the season.
Next Saturday sees the resumption of the pennant competition and Kukerin travel to Kulin. This will again be an important contest as both clubs are on equal points on the pennant ladder. There will be pennant practise for those that are available from 5.00pm on Friday. Sunday’s competition to be arranged Saturday evening following pennants.
Article by P.Adams