Brothers Matthew and Robbie Byatt have belted, bashed and bullied Batlow at Tumbarumba on Saturday, as their All Stars ran out comfortable eight-wicket victors in round eight of the Tumbarumba District Cricket Association competition.
All Stars won the toss and sent Batlow in to bat first, and while a number of their top order batsmen were able to gain starts, not one could go onto a half century or more.
Floyd Cross (19), John Riddell (25), Mick Peel (19), Jordan Ironside (29) and M. Webster (21) all had their chances, with All Stars opening bowlers Karl Lewis and Matt Byatt unable to make any inroads.
In strode Brock Shore and Glen McCallum though, with the second and third change bowlers taking seven wickets between them to rock Batlow.
Shore finished with 4/21 from his eight overs, and removed the top three batsmen, while McCallum bowled six overs, including one maiden, finishing with 3/21 and removing Peel, Ironside and Webster in the process; with all three looking a chance of going on to a big score.
Batlow would eventually be rolled for 135 in the 37th over, and All Stars made easy work of the run chase, reaching the total after only 21 overs.
Tumbarumba’s leading cricketer, Matthew Byatt, recorded another impressive knock, scoring 61 not out, while Robbie Byatt showed off his brute force with an entertaining 42 that included eight boundaries.
The win keeps All Stars in top spot ahead of the six-a-aside bye round this weekend, and they will be keen to return after the break when taking on fellow round eight winners and the second placed Falcons.
Batlow on the other hand keep their spot inside the TDCA top four, but with three rounds remaining, they will be trying to keep in front of the bottom placed Tooma, who are only one game behind.
Tooma and Mini Stars prove too strong in junior cricket
Another glorious day in the Upper Murray saw Tooma Cricket Club taking on Jingellic Cricket Club in the first of the Tumbarumba Junior District Cricket Association (TJDCA) matches at Tooma on Saturday.
Once again, the Tooma captain, Brandon Shore called correctly at the toss and decided to bat. The early dismissals of Campbell Crain for four and Heidi Shore for two had the home team in trouble at 2/15 but some aggressive hitting in the middle order enabled Tooma to complete their innings at 4/131 after their 25 overs.
From the coach’s viewpoint, it was very pleasing to see the excellent running between the wickets with every available run being taken and pressure being put upon the Jingellic fieldsmen.
Brock Hamilton and Alex Crain both finished on 26 retired not out and Blake Dakin continued his fine batting with another undefeated innings of 21.
Will Wood hit lustily in making seven and Chace Hamilton made three not out from the one ball faced, quite an impressive strike rate.
For the opposition team, Lachlan Nagle, Mac Drummond, Sam Clarke and Lincoln Jeffs each took a wicket.
Jingellic began the run chase and lost their first wicket at 10 when Ryan Smith fell to an excellent catch at square leg from Brock Hamilton off the bowling of Heidi Shore.
Mac Drummond and Lachlan Nagle were bowled by fine balls from Brock Hamilton and Blake Dakin respectively, with Jingellic in trouble at 3/30.
Sam Clarke rescued the innings with his big hitting and shot placement, firstly retiring on 25, then returning to the crease later in the innings to finish not out on 29.
Hannah Lennon remained not out on six, Jack Lennon made two, as did Lilly Jeffs before she was bowled by an accurate delivery from her best school friend, Ava Dakin.
The Jingellic innings finished at 7/92 with Tooma taking the win by 39 runs on the day.
The wickets for Tooma were shared between Alex Crain, Heidi Shore, Brock Hamilton, Will Wood, Blake and Ava Dakin with Darcy McGee also adding to his bowling statistics for the season.
The match was played in a great spirit with exemplary sportsmanship being exhibited by both teams, a credit to all players, parents and coaches.
In the second of the TJDCA games played on Saturday, a well-rounded effort from the Mini Stars saw them come out 106 run winners over Batlow in Tumbarumba on Saturday.
The young Tumbarumba side won the toss and would finish 135 without loss of a wicket after their 25 overs.
Isaac Tokarei and Deegan Lesniak both retired not out on 25, while Troy Perry and Connor White finished 21 and 6 not out respectively.
In reply, Batlow could only muster up 29 runs, with Nicholas Peel top scoring with five for the visitors.
The Mini Stars bowling attack was excellent, with Oliver Duffy and Angus Thompson leading the way, finishing with 2/2 and 2/0 from their respective two-over spells.
Junior cricket is on the bye next weekend, before returning on January 30 when Batlow play Tumbarumba Mini Stars and Tooma host Rosewood.
TJDCA round 11 Table
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