GRAMPIANS have jumped into second place on the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade premiership ladder on the back of a fantastic all-round performance from their captain Kane Uebergang, who destroyed an understrength Southern Grampians on Saturday with both bat and ball.
Having lost the toss and having to field first, the Pumas made light work of the Southern Grampians batting line-up as the batsmen came and went with no player reaching double figures as the bowlers went in search of scalps to add to the season tallies.
Luke Purcell and Adrian Burn opened the batting for the “Southern Army” and thanks to Carl Joyce and Shane Ewing they were unable to get the side away to the fast needed in the short form of the game.
The bowlers were on line with the ball and they simply bowled ‘dry’ as the batsmen scored only six runs from the first five overs and that included a boundary.
Burn was the first to fall as Ewing struck when he had the batsmen well caught by Justin Coote for only six, leaving Purcell to get on with the job with Eric Brinkman as the pair carried the score to 22 before Purcell tried to steal a run to Andrew Behncke only to short of his ground by half the length of the pitch.
Brinkman followed immediately as Will Collins joined in with the ball as Rhys Crowe grabbed the catch to send Brinkman back to the pavilion for nine.
The ‘Army’ had sunk to be 3-22 after 11 overs and the innings would not get any better as Charles Murrie (3) and Andy O’Connor (7) came and went and the score stood at 5-37.
Enter Uebergang. The Pumas skipper brought himself on to bowl the 19th over of the innings and had immediate success as Dylan Bensch nicked off to Heinrich Joyce behind the stumps without scoring.
He then went on to produce his best spell of bowling in the top grade as he finished the innings off by taking another three wickets for the miserly cost of four runs.
He had Rhys Saunders caught behind by Joyce as the batsman tried to flick the rising ball over the slips only to offer a feather edge to the reliable keeper.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, December 17, 2013