A-Grade: Wickets tumble as ball dominates all batsmen
CRICKET: Ball dominated bat during the local derby between The Glen and BITS in Round 12 of the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge at Sun Valley Oval.
The Glen took the win by 15 runs to cement its place within the top three on the CC ladder.
It was a day to forget for anyone with a bat, with the highest individual score on either side only 20 runs.
Extras (15) was the second-highest scorer for The Glen during its innings of 81, with opener Josh Lait top scoring with 18 runs before being dismissed off the bowling of Keagan Yasso.
Nathan Cobb (3/20 off 6.4 overs) and captain Terry Sawyer (3/12 off seven overs) were the chief destroyers for BITS.
Terry Sawyer won the toss and sent The Glen in to bat, a decision the BITS skipper made not due to the conditions, but rather to give BITS' Under-17s contingent a chance to shine with the ball.
The choice to bowl first seem like a master-stroke at the time, until BITS crumbled in reply to be all out for 66.
"It was a pretty dry pitch and a bit two-paced but that had nothing to do with the pitch the decision to bowl first,” Sawyer said.
"We had a couple of younger U17s guys playing and thought I'd bowl first to give them a bit of a trundle with the ball just in case something went bad with the bat.
"It was a bit of negative thinking probably, but to roll them for 81 was a bit of a dream.”
Needing only 82 runs from 40 overs in order to claim victory, Sawyer knew his side had to perform strongly at the top of the order to alleviate pressure on the youngsters at the bottom.
"We knew one of the top four had to go through and score 30 or 40 to run it down because it wasn't an easy pitch to bat on,” Sawyer said.
"Obviously the score showed that, but to get three ducks and a five from the top four put us in a lot of trouble straight up.
"The ball stayed new so it swung constantly all game but we still should have been good enough to chase down 81.
"It only takes one person to get half a score and you get it, so it's pretty disappointing.”
BITS were 4/13 once Sawyer fell for five, although a handy partnership between Kiernan Lord (20 runs) and Brendan Edwards (eight) offered the side some hope during the middle portion of the innings.
There was still light at the end of the tunnel when Lord fell with the score on 7/50, but the rest of the tail fell cheaply to see BITS all out for 66.
While there was little to brag about in the batting stakes, BITS' bowling was the most pleasing aspect in Sawyer's eyes.
"There were a lot of positives to come out of it, Kiernan got a couple (of wickets), Ferguson (Comrie) got one wicket and bowled really well and Nathan Cobb got three.”
Both sides will a bye this weekend due to Australia Day with play resuming the following weekend.
BITS travel to Frenchville and The Glen to Gracemere.