5 November, 2021
Rovers in Nail-biter
It was a long trip home for Rovers after succumbing to Atherton in the first-grade fixture last weekend.
Atherton bounced back from their last round thrashing, to entertain the locals in a hardfought match at Loder Park.
Rovers elected to bat first and were put on notice early by some uncharacteristic medium pace bowling from Dan Parnell.
Dan kicked off his first over with a wicket maiden and followed up with another wicket in his second over, and the big scalp of the Rovers captain in his third over to have the visitors reeling at 3-17.
Rovers dug in for the next 20 overs before Dan struck again in the first over of his second spell to break an 87-run partnership.
Rovers went on to close their innings 9-195 with Tommy Boorman taking two wickets and Mason Blaney and Luke Parnell one apiece.
Atherton’s opening batsmen suffered similar fates as their opposition, with Chris Adams, Dan Parnell and Paul Nasser all back in the sheds for 38.
Brendan Nasser answered the call to steady the ship, digging in for a valuable 53 and taking the score to 8-159, supported by Caleb Constant 16, Tommy Boorman 26 and Logan Poggioli 15.
The game was set for a nailbiting finish with Atherton needing 37 runs off 37 balls with one wicket in hand when Brendan departed.
Pete Sceresini and Mason Blaney took up the run-a-ball challenge as the game went down to the wire. With the equation 9 off 12, Pete launched a six over square-leg and finished off running three to win the match with eight balls to spare.
Local cricket will take a break for Rep games this coming weekend, the next round of matches will resume on 13 November when the Cyclones take on Atherton at home.
Barron will take on Norths while Rovers are at home to Mulgrave.
- Atherton 8-196 (B Nasser 53, T Boorman 26, P Sceresini 23*, M Blaney 20*) Def. Rovers 9-195 (D Parnell 4-43, T Boorman 2-36, M Blaney 1-32, L Parnell 1-53).
- Norths 7/287 (cc) LMarch83* M Ellis 73 AJ Warnock 65 T Maher 25 J Kalkat 2/23 EJ Darveniza 2/69 Defeated Cassowary Coast 177 CJ Van Vuuren 60 U Drahm 36 D Freebody 4/31 MJ Warnock 3/39 C Davis 2/21
- Mulgrave 1/122 J Reid 36 JT Roach 33 defeated Barron 121 A Phelps 40 MM Davies-Griffith 4/14 B Zanetich 2/16.