Murray Staude snares hat-trick against Pigeon Ponds
PIGEON Ponds bowler Murray Staude finished Wando Vale’s innings by taking the last three wickets in successive balls to snare yet another Casterton and District Cricket Association hat-trick for the 2012-13 season.
It has been a season of hat-tricks for association bowlers this season and Staude’s was just as impressive as those taken during the seven rounds of cricket played to date.
Edenhope completed a hard fought outright victory over a determined Dergholm by eight wickets, Pigeon Ponds easily defeated Wando Vale and Casterton cruised home against Merino.
Edenhope 214 and 2-51 d Dergholm 96 and 166
Edenhope resumed at 7-211, but Dergholm’s Martin Bennett needed just two overs to bring the first innings to an end for when he bowled Chris Oliver (12) and Brodan Smith (0) with the score on 214 and a lead of 118 runs. Len Dixon was first to go for 19 and his dismissal signalled another middle order implosion for the second time in the game.
Dergholm tottered on the brink at 6-49, but Jacob Shannon took charge with intelligent defence and judicious belligerence and a 37-run partnership with Ken Dixon (15) took the score to 86. Brando Plummer, Tyson Shannon and Corey Plummer helpedShannonadd a further 80 runs for the last three wickets.
Dergholm was all out for 166, withShannon80no. Chris Oliver took 6-58 and Ben Geary 2-26. Edenhope then scored 2-51and wrapped up the 20 bonus points for an outright win.
Points: Edenhope 38, Dergholm 13.
Pigeon Ponds 249 and 8-57 d Wando Vale 59
Pigeon Ponds’ opening bowler Daniel Brody precipitated a major Vale first innings collapse when Lionel Balzan (0) was snapped up in the gully by Anthony Close.
After that it was a procession for the Wando Vale batsmen. Only Garry Carlin (21) and Troy O’Connell (11) were able to reach double figures as six Pigeon Ponds bowlers shared the spoils. Daniel Brody took 3-9 and Murray Staude took 3-4, including a coveted hat-trick.
The Pigeon Ponds batsmen struggled in their second innings as Stefan Thistelton (4-20) and Troy O’Connell (2-20_did their best to earn second innings bonus points for the Vale.
Pigeon Ponds won by 190 runs on the first innings. Points: Pigeon Ponds 22, Wando Vale 9.
Casterton 277 and 6-150 d Merino 98
Merino resumed at 1-31 in its chase of Casterton first innings total of 277.
The multi-pronged Casterton attack bowled line and length to prevent the Wombats from scoring freely. Joe McArlein (4-36), Ricky Killey (3-15) and Sam Penfold (2-5) did the damage for the Maroons and Merino was all for 98.
Casterton won by 174 runs on the first innings. Points: Casterton 28, Merino 9