Bulls on front hoof, Eagles flying

THE final round of two-day A grade cricket launched on the weekend. 

In what might be the Far South Coast’s lowest-scoring match, Bega/Angledale holds a narrow lead over Eden after the first innings. 

The Bulls opened the batting and were best-served by young gun Kel Evans who scored 33 runs. 

Cody Hazelgrove-Danvers chimed in with 15 runs, but the rest of the batting order struggled against the in-form showing of Eden captain Reece Wheeler and Matt Bell. 

The goings are clearly getting tough as even the top team gave up five ducks on Saturday to be all-out for 68.

Wheeler and Bell both claimed four wickets, while Toby Timms got in the count claiming two. 

On the reverse though it was Bega/Angledale making the bowling look easy as they picked off Eden’s 10 wickets for a meagre total of  49.

Tim Bowes topped for the squad with his 11 runs, while most struggled to surpass five. 

Wayne Dunham and Sean Lambert led the bowling attack for the Bulls, claiming three wickets each. 

Hamish Wilcox joined the fray taking two wickets. 

Meanwhile, Tathra is making a run for the finals by putting on a strong stand against the second-placed South Eurobodalla Pirates. 

More true to their usual form, the Sea Eagles unleashed at the crease despite the Pirates having the home field advantage. 

Peter Bennett and Chris Dwyer were dismissed cheaply, but third in at the crease captain Ben O’Reilly plugged away all match. 

O’Reilly belted 81 runs to top score for the visitors and see Tathra on its way to a solid score. 

Craig Nicholson added 13 before he was dismissed, then Ross Jones stepped in and scored 29 runs. 

The stand allowed Tathra to declare at 8/173.

Matt Corbett was the best for the Pirates claiming three wickets. 

With the target set, the Pirates went in to bat, but were put on the back foot early. 

Adam Blacka took two ducks to have the Pirates reeling early. 

With Jaihya Preston top scoring on 11 runs, South Eurobodalla is in danger at 6/35. 

Tathra will look to close out the innings and extend its score when play resumes on Saturday. 

Meanwhile, Bega/Angledale will be looking to counter Eden’s pace-bowlers to see its score soar from Eden’s reach. 

Play resumes on Saturday from 1pm. 

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