As their name suggests, the Yass Golf Club Piranhas made a meal out of the local’s cricketers taking victory by 164 runs over Boorowa at the Boorowa Recreation ground last Saturday. On a perfect day weatherwise for cricket, the locals again showed plenty of spirit in the field but just lacked that bit of bowling penetration to get through the stronger batting line ups. It’s been a steep learning curve for the locals going into a tougher grade this season but they certainly aren’t about to throw in the towel, still hoping to win a couple this season and go into next year’s competition with some momentum.
The Piranhas began strongly taking 30 off the first three overs and reached 58 before the opening stand was broken. Boorowa managed to apply the brakes but Yass had reached 2/107 at the halfway stage of the innings with 23 overs gone. Having built a platform the middle order launched and despite some reasonably tight bowling for medium pacer Rick Bennett and slow man Phil Coggins the Piranhas still reached 5/262 in their forty five overs. The most successful of the Boorowa bowlers was Chris Turner with 2/41, Rick Bennett 2/30 and Russell George 1/61.
In reply, Boorowa began steadily reaching twenty before the first wicket went down. They reached 2/40 in the 13th over before losing 5/18 as the middle order crumbled to be 7/58 before cameo knocks by Jacob Carmody 16 and Sam Beath 14 pushed the score to a modest 98 All out. Brendan Shean made a handy 21 at the top of the order. There is not a lot of difference between the bowling attacks of Boorowa and other teams in regard to pace, however the main difference is the ability to bowl consistently along the same line and length. If Boorowa can improve on the basic areas of their game they will be a force in the future of Yass cricket, a fact not lost on opposing sides who have said we are not far off.
This Saturday sees Boorowa at home again, this time hosting Harden which was a deferred match from round one when the Harden picnics took place. Both sides have struggled this year and it’s a great chance for both teams to notch a rare win.
There’s still plenty to play for even though neither side is semi-final bound.
It is great to see a few locals getting down to the rec ground for the home games and your support in what has been a tough season so far is much appreciated by the players.
Don’t forget to join the players at the Courthouse Hotel after each and every game for a drink or two and some good social banter.
To the Boorowa sides credit, the visiting teams have commented on the spirit and fairness the Boorowa team has shown even though wins are proving hard to come by. At the end of the day, that’s what it is all about, having a good time.
See you at the cricket.
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