THE Bega/Angledale Bulls are on a high after charging down Tathra in the first round of the two-day cricket competition on Saturday.
Despite a “quick fire” effort of 51 from keeper Andrew Dedman in the first innings, the Bulls were dismissed for 95 and looked concerned.
However, Bega/Angledale ploughed through Tathra’s first innings wickets for a small total of 55.
Bulls captain Dave Allen said the second day of competition was a thrilling performance from two young players.
“Day two saw a commanding parthership between rising 15- year-old star Kel Evans with his maiden A grade century and Sam Hodder’s 72,” Allen said.
“They batted Tathra out of the game, the Bulls finally being dismissed for 270 leaving the Sea Eagles 311 runs behind.”
With hours of play dwindling Tathra was behind at 2/137 despite a solid 54 not-out performance from Ross Jones and the match ended as a draw.
Allen said he was particularly pleased with the maturity shown by two young batsmen in Hodder and Evans.
“Hopefully the Bulls can take the confidence gained from beating Tathra in to the rest of the season, the end result being a semi-final berth.”
In other local cricket news, the Merimbula Knights were left hurting after a first innings assault by the South Eurobodalla Pirates last week.
“Coming to the Knights rescue on day two was classy all-rounder Scott Wright whose patient 106 gave Merimbula hope of first inning points,” Allen said.
“However his dismissal opened the door for the Pirates spearheads in Matt Corbett and Elijah Blair.”
Despite a valiant fight-back from the Knights, the Pirates claimed the opening points by just 17 runs.
Eden was also on the back foot after a dominant display from Pambula’s opening innings last week.
Pambula racked up more runs through a determined effort from Garrett on 49, but time was the deciding factor as Eden closed out its day on 4/55.
A come and try Twenty20 blast day will be held next Tuesday at Berrambool Oval, Merimbula.
Allen said the event will be run in a similar fashion to the very successful school gala days last year.
“Boys and girls of all ages are welcome, gear is provided and the kids will experience the fun of the Twenty20 Big Bash they see on TV with music and lots of action,” Allen said.
The event will run from 5pm until 6.30pm.
Details can be found on the Far South Coast Cricket Association website or for more information contact ACT Cricket development officer Matthew Paton on 0416 187 355.
If you miss the session next week, don’t worry.
The Twenty20 Big Blast will return the following week at the same time.