Yaralla bounce back as The Glen cruise to win
CRICKET: Yaralla quickly shrugged off last weekend's loss to The Glen with a comfortable four-wicket victory against BITS in reserve grade at the weekend.
Keen to bounce back to winning ways after their first loss of the season in the previous round, it was Yaralla's bowling attack who laid the platform for victory at BITS Oval.
BITS won the toss and made a solid start with the bat, making it to 1/75 before the visitors ripped through their middle order.
The hosts lost 3/1 with Yaralla skipper Matt Fairhall finding himself on a hat-trick at one stage.
Fairhall finished with figures of 3/9 from four overs with Kane Jarvis and Pat Teinaki picking up two wickets each as BITS were restricted to 144.
Despite losing openers Fairhall and 14-year-old Matt Perkins cheaply, Yaralla steadied with valuable knocks from Michael Slatter (31 runs) and Teinaki (18 not out) helping them cruise past BITS' total with five overs to spare.
Fairhall was impressed with how his bowlers performed in hot and steamy conditions.
"It was a really good bowling display from all the lads,” he said.
"(Last week) was our first loss of the season so obviously you always want to bounce back from that.
"BITS have some good players too, (Jon) Heyden (17 runs) - that was the first time we've got him out under 50 all year so that was pretty encouraging.
"Fritzy (Nigel Fritz) batted really well for them and got 42 and he's a quality player.
"But once we got through the two of them we went through the rest of them pretty easily.”
Fairhall highlighted the performances of all-rounder Teinaki and opening bowler Jarvis.
"Pat Teinaki played his first game for us and did really well. He got a couple of wickets and 18 not out, which was a really important innings in the middle,” he said.
"Kane Jarvis has bowled really well all year and is finally starting to get some reward for it.
"He picked up a four-for a couple of weeks ago and got two wickets again (on Saturday) so he's been a stand-out all year.”
Meanwhile, an entertaining 77 from The Glen's Michael Heymer has helped steer his side to a crushing win over BITS Colts.
Heymer struck three sixes and four fours as The Glen posted 215 from its 40 overs.
Colts were rolled for 61 runs in reply.
The Glen remain in second place behind Yaralla on the reserves ladder.