Glen, BITS head openers
THE Glen and BITS head the A-grade ladder after round one of the GCI 2010-11 season got under way on Saturday.
Playing 40-over matches, Yaralla welcomed The Glen to their home ground, while Brothers travelled to Boyne Oval to play the home side.
Yaralla batted first on their home deck, which looked in top condition considering the amount of rainfall over the past few weeks, and they were soon in trouble with Trevor Tickner skittled in the second over by Damien Levett.
It was up to fellow opener Chris Bye to steady the Yaralla ship and he went on to notch up a solid 60, ably helped by Dylan Cross as they put on 53 runs.
Ryan Keating and Luke Marsh offered some middle order resistance, both lads making the 30s. Marsh carried his bat as Yaralla reached 6/186.
Brendan Huth, in his A-grade debut, took 2-41 in a fine display, and Mick Heymer snared 2-31.
The Glen’s opening batsman, Liam Kirk, couldn’t have asked for a better start, scoring an unbeaten 85.
“He’s started off this season where he finished off last season,” captain Dan Williams said.
Mick Heymer chipped in with 40 and Josh Hall played a nice knock at the end, finishing on 20 not out, and The Glen making 4/191 in the 37th over.
Williams was pleased with how his side performed, given the limited preparation because of the wet weather, and he was stoked with how first-gamer Huth went.
“It was a good first-up game for us,” he said.
Yaralla president Jay Stevens said a lot of positives for the team had come out of the match, and the hit-out was about the players finding touch as much as anything.
At Boyne Oval, Brothers won the toss and batted and captain Mal Carlyon led from the front, top-scoring for his team. Justin Brown and Michael Small chipped in to get the total up to 118 before they were all out.
BITS made the runs comfortably, losing only a handful of wickets along the way.
Brown said the players were excited to be back playing cricket, even though many hadn’t picked up a bat until Saturday.
“The result was a bit disappointing, but we think we’ve got a side that can go well this year,” Brown said.