Brilliant performances in opening round

January 13, 2018

The lower grade Twenty20 competition kicked off this week, with plenty of brilliant performances among the matches.

Central Park-St Brendan’s and Mooroopna played a high-scoring epic, with almost 350 runs scored between the two sides.

The Cats smashed 19 boundaries, including three sixes, in 20 overs to pile on a mammoth 6-185.

Paul McDonald’s 40 from 26 deliveries was the highlight of the innings, but the Tigers would come to rue the 41 extras they gifted to the visiting team.

Marcus Maher (41) and Graham Sylvester (42) put together a 72-run partnership for the third wicket, but with no other batsman reaching 20 and the Cats conceding a relatively small extras total of 22, the Tigers fell 14 runs short.

Murchison put the squeeze on Karramomus in its clash, toppling the home side for just 70 on Vibert Reserve’s second oval.

Vinoth Kumar showed the only resistance for the Bloods, hitting 36 runs to top score ahead of extras (10).

Dylan Rowney (3-12) and Ryan Dean (3-16) did all the damage for the away side with the ball to set the game up for their batting line-up.

Brandan Reilly (20) and Luke Twynstra (40 not out) enjoyed the freedom of a small chasing total, with the former only falling when scores were level, to help their side to a nine-wicket win in 12 overs.

Invergordon had an even more dominant victory, smashing Dookie by eight wickets in the ninth over of the chase.

Travis Guppy’s 38 at the top of the order for Dookie was not followed by a score of any substance as Daniel Bowles (2-14), Bayden Moor (2-19) and Travis Murdoch (2-32) worked their magic to dismiss the side for 96.

Moor did not muck around in the second innings of the match, flaying Dookie’s attack to all parts of the neutral Congupna venue to engineer five sixes and three boundaries in an unbeaten knock of 43.

Bowles also got going to post 33 runs of his own as the contest finished after a combined 24.5 overs.

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