Wauchope RSL locks in on title

In deep trouble: St Andrews’ opener John Bain is bowled out by Jason Dodd during Saturday’s minor semi-final at Oxley Oval, Port Macquarie. Pic: TERRY GROTHHASTINGS River District Cricket Association minor premiers Wauchope RSL had one foot in the 2008-09 grand final late yesterday.

During the two-day major semi-final against Camden Haven, at Wauchope’s Andrews Park, the hosts were 82 runs in front, with six wickets in hand.

On Saturday, Wauchope RSL was bundled out for a paltry 86 – much to the delight of the Havens.

Lindsay Hopper top scored with 22 and Blake Lyon chipped in with 17.

For the visitors, club stalwart Peter Morris snared three scalps while brothers Sam and Nathan Kerr, along with Chris Yewdall, picked up two each.

But, the Havens’ glee disappeared somewhat yesterday when Wauchope RSL restricted them to 62.

Only opener Andrew Lowe, with 16, offered any resistance with the bat.

NSW Country representative and skipper Bill Newell bagged a five-wicket haul while Andrew Murrell captured a double.

At the time of publication, Wauchope RSL had moved to 4-58 in its second innings.

St Andrews v Port City Leagues

ST ANDREWS gained some revenge for last season’s premiership defeat to Port City Leagues at Oxley Oval, Port Macquarie.

After winning the toss, the Saints opted to bat and compiled a healthy 198 before containing Port City for 129.

Despite losing John Bain (3), Jonathon Cook (1), Brett Swain (10) and Peter Colver (5) early, to be 4-47, opener Robert Parker and captain Jonathon Toombs put on a 68-run stand.

Parker eventually fell for 47 while Toombs departed one short of a well-deserved half century.

Sam Carlon (23), Trevor Hawley (18), Steve Jordan (13) and Aaron Sargeson (13) also stood tall when it counted.

For Port City, experienced John O’Shaughnessey finished with the figures of 3-50, off 12 overs, while Craig McElroy was economical, taking 2-20 from 14 overs.

In reply, the defending titleholders started shakily following the removal of Luke Stevens (1) and David Bolster (8).

And, while Jolon Homewood (37), Jason Dodd (20), Dane Mason (18), Craig Grant (17) and Josh Kew (14 not out) all contributed, Port City was unable to reel in the Saints’ tally.

Toombs and Parker backed up their batting exploits with the ball, claiming 4-29 and 3-24 respectively.

Port City skipper Craig Grant said three players – Toombs, Parker and Carlon – were the keys to the Saints’ victory.

“(Robert) Parker batted 57 overs for his runs – it was a great patient knock,” he admitted.

“He gave no chances and allowed the Saints to set up a decent score.

“Toomsy (Toombs) smashed a terrific 49, which included two sixes and three boundaries.

“I think he turned the game, because until then the Saints were struggling to get runs.

“The knock of Sam (Carlon) yesterday morning was a sticking point for us too … he and Travis (Scholz) made 29 for the final wicket.

“Unfortunately, their total proved too much for the boys.

“It’s disappointing … we should have been able to chase that score.

“Our bowlers did the job, however, the batsmen couldn’t do likewise.”

Minor semi-final

St Andrews v Port City Leagues

Oxley Oval

St Andrews

R Parker lbw Rankin47

J Bain b Dodd3

J Cook c Grant b Herdegen1

B Swain b McElroy10

P Colver c Mason b O’Shaughnessey5

J Toombs c Mason b Kew49

T Hawley c Herdegen b O’Shaughnessey18

S Jordan b O’Shaughnessey13

A Sargeson b Bolster13

S Carlon c Herdegen b McElroy23

T Scholz not out4

Extras: 12

Total: 198

Fall of wicket: 14, 18, 38, 47, 115, 130, 151, 166, 169, 198.

Bowling: C. McElroy 14-4-2-20, J. Dodd 14-4-1-32, J. Herdegen 8-1-1-12, D. Bolster 11-4-1-15, J. O’Shaughnessey 12-2-3-50, B. Lawrie 5-0-0-21, J. Kew 11-3-1-26, M. Rankin 6-1-1-13.

Port City Leagues

D Bolster c Cook b Swain8

L Stevens lbw Toombs1

J Homewood c Bain b Cook37

D Mason c Colver b Parker18

J Dodd c Hawley b Parker20

M Rankin c Colver b Cook5

J Kew not out14

C McElroy c Sargeson b Parker0

C Grant c Sargeson b Toombs17

J Herdegen c Bain b Toombs2

B Lawrie lbw Toombs0

Extras: 7

Total: 129

Fall of wicket: NA

Bowling: J. Toombs 18-NA-4-29, B. Swain 6-NA-1-20, R. Parker 3-NA-3-24, J. Cook 16-NA-2-37, J. Bain 4-NA-0-5, T. Scholz 3-NA-0-6, S. Carlon 3-NA-0-3.

St Andrews won on 1st innings

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