A knock of 74 from Rosewood captain Jason Paull was not enough for his side as they went down to All Stars by six wickets at the Rosewood Cricket Ground on Saturday.
The Tumbarumba District Cricket Association (TDCA) season was finally able to get off the ground last weekend, with Rosewood playing All Stars in a round 2 clash.
The game was supposed to be held at Tumbarumba, but due to the pitch being deemed unplayable as a result of last month’s flooding, Rosewood hosted the match on Saturday.
The home side batted first, and finished on 9/172 after their 40 overs.
Paull was the star of the show, making a crucial 74. Next best were John Weule and Arthur Smith, who made 29 and 23 respectively.
For All Stars, Brock Shore was best with the ball, taking 3-22. Karl Lewis also bowled well, finishing with figures of 3-46.
In reply, All Stars ran the total down in 37 overs with four wickets down. Matthew Byatt top scored with 59, closely followed by newcomer Jory Taylor, who got agonisingly close to his half century, finishing on 49 not out.
Dalton Shore also contributed with 35.
Weule and A.Smith both took a wicket, going for 17 and 24 runs respectively.
Despite the loss, Paull said it was good to get the season started, after wet weather has squandered the first three weeks of the season.
“It was good to finally get the season going after a few weekends of rain. It is always a fun game against All Stars,” Paull said.
Paull said Rosewood’s total gave them a good chance of coming away with the points.
“I thought it was a good effort making 172 first up in the season on a slower field against a good attack,” he said.
“John Weule batted great at the end to pick up the scoring rate and young Artie Smith looked very impressive. The bowlers battled all afternoon and didn’t give up when things weren’t looking good.
“We thought 172 definitely gave us a good chance on a slower than usual Rosewood field. “We knew a couple early wickets were crucial, but unfortunately they got off to a good start.”
Paull said his side’s performance suggested it could be a successful season ahead for Rosewood.
“All Stars had some great performances and we always expect a tough but fun game coming up against them,” he said.
“Whilst it was disappointing to lose after a good team performance, there were some good signs for the rest of the season.”
All Stars runmaker Matthew Byatt said he was very pleased to play cricket on Saturday and was even more pleased to get the win.
“I was very happy with the win; with not much training under our belts I thought we played well, but we can still put in better performances,” Byatt said.
“I thought the team didn’t play too bad for the first game. Our fielding wasn’t our best, but still wasn’t bad either.
“Our batting was good; Dalt (Dalton Shore) and myself got the team off to a good start and Jory (Taylor) finished off the innings with a solid knock.
“It was good to get some runs early; the bowling from Rosewood was pretty good so I had to work hard for the runs.”
The other round 2 match was supposed to see Tooma host Batlow, however the visitors were forced to pull out of the game due to a lack of numbers, handing Tooma the points.
The forfeit prompted a plea from TDCA president Jordan Dennis, calling for local cricketers to band together to help Batlow in their time of need.
“I am just looking for anyone that would possibly be willing to give Batlow a hand with numbers this season. If you are at another club and are wanting a bit more of a go it would be great if you could give Batlow a hand,” Dennis said.
“They are really struggling for numbers this year, as we all do at times, and I know the last thing anyone would want would be for them to have to pull out of games due to insufficient numbers.
“If you can or are interested in giving them a hand please, let myself or John Riddell know. It would be greatly appreciated.”
Round 3 will see Falcons host Tooma and Batlow play All Stars at Rosewood. Rosewood has the bye.