BACK AT THE CREASE: The Stanthorpe Cricket season returned over the weekend with three big fixtures.
BACK AT THE CREASE: The Stanthorpe Cricket season returned over the weekend with three big fixtures. Matthew Purcell

Cricket back into full swing

Cricket: Play resumed after the break with three fixtures at the weekend.

At the break Souths sit atop the table, followed by RSL, Valleys, Tenterfield and a winless Wanderers.

On Friday night Tenterfield took on Wanderers in a catch up game. Catch up games for the rest of the season take on a T20 format.

Wanderers won the toss and had a bowl. Things looked very rosy for Wanderers. After four overs Tenterfield was 4-15.

In his first game since he last played for Wanderers eight years ago, Andrew Carnell took a hat-trick and ended up with 4-20.

Andrew Einam was also impressive with the ball, claiming 2-18. Not so impressive was Wanderers' fielding, dropping seven catches. Nonetheless, Tenterfield was restricted to a modest 110 off its 20 overs.

Wanderers rallied however and were able to claw themselves back into the tied match.

On Saturday RSL took on Valleys and RSL prevailed in a nail biter. Souths did a job on Tenterfield. Both were 40- over matches.

RSL batted first and notched up a modest 153. Jason Lawer was the top scorer with 39, but was supported by Will Dowie (25) and J Guy (22).

In reply, the RSL bowlers made it hard for Valleys to score right from the start. Wickets fell regularly with Dave Gavin (40) and Anthony Marino (38) being the main stays of the innings. The game came down to the wire with Valley falling one run short.

In the other Saturday game, Jordan Lanza put on a batting clinic. Jordan scored 118 of Souths imposing 255.

In reply, Tenterfield never really looked a chance. Merchant capped off a good weekend with 66. But his team was rolled for 138 in the 33rd over.

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