Competitive spirit was in full swing in round one of the Highlands District Cricket Association’s T20 Smash.
In a combined first and second grade game, Bowral skipper Chris Weller lost the toss for the first game of the day against Bowral Blues at Centennial Park on Saturday.
Batting first, Bowral Blues started quickly reaching 102 at the end of the 11th over only 3 wickets down.
Bowral managed to claw the opposition back in the second half of the innings however, restricting Bowral Blues to 5/173 at the end of their 20 overs.
Four bowlers each took a wicket and there was one run out. After losing an early wicket Bowral scored even faster than the opposition, cruising to 102 after 10 overs.
Weller and opener Brake piled on the runs by punishing anything short or overpitched. The two weren’t separated until only 10 runs were needed for victory.
Weller was the one to go for a well-made 92 from 47 balls. Their partnership was worth 142 which was a superb effort as the day started to heat up.
Brake remained unbeaten on 52 from 45 balls.
Bowral returned to Centennial in the afternoon to take on the Robertson Wombats in the last game of the day. Weller won the toss and elected to bat in the now hot conditions.
Bowral started their innings slowly after losing two wickets in the second over.
When a further two wickets fell in the 7th over Bowral was in deep trouble at 4/22.
Number 6 batsmen Pat Irvine then steadied the ship, managing some handy partnerships with the tail. Bowral saw out their 20 overs scoring 7/91. Irvine was unbeaten on 35 from 43 balls while opener Brake managed 26 from 35.
Robertson was aggressive in the chase, scoring at more than 8 an over for the majority. They reached the target in the 8th over 2 wickets down.
Peter and Zac de Hosson claimed one wicket each.
Bowral again play two matches next weekend at Lackey Park. Bowral will play the Bowral Blues first at 9am and then Robertson Wombats at 12.30pm.
Meanwhile at Stephens Park, Bowral Blues lost to Mittagong.
Bowral Blues bowled first and Mittagong achieved 145 runs in 20 overs. When Bowral Blues stepped up to bat, the Blues ran out of steam in the 20th over and fell short with 121 runs.
In the afternoon Bowral Blues took on Bowral in a third grade clash.
Bowral Blues lost the loss and batted first. Stand outs in the first innings were Paul Turner with 38 runs, and Rob Cockburn who had 39 runs off 13 balls and four sixes.
The team finished the innings with 156 runs in 20 overs. When Bowral Blues went in to bowl, the team was chased down by Bowral in the last over. In a cliffhanger, the innings finished with 160 runs.
In the first/second grade competition, Mittagong took on Wingello at Lackey Park on Saturday.
Wingello batted first and several cricketers reached double figures, including James Baldwin (29), Grant Pike (35) and Cameron Pike (82). Wingello finished the innings on 5/188 after 20 overs. When Wingello stepped up to bowl, Jack Baldwin had 1/36 off four overs and Arron Deegan had 1/21 off four overs.
Mittagong fell short and only managed 3/155 off its 20 overs.
In Mittagong’s second game of the day against the Burrawang Bulls, several dropped catches allowed Burrawang to post 165 at Lackey Park. Mittagong fell short of the target, and were all out for 111.
Wingello took on the Burrawang Bulls at Bundanoon Oval.
Wingello bowled first in the game. In four overs, Matthew Pike had 1/18, Jack Baldwin had 2/33, Arron Deegan had 3/37 and Cameron Pike had 1/27.
The Bulls had 7/164 in its 20 overs at the end of the innings.
When Wingello stepped up to bat, three batters reached double figures. Matthew Pike had 25 runs, Cameron Pike had 57 runs and Michael Pike had 19 runs. Wingello finished the innings with 9/133 in 20 overs.
Meanwhile at Bundanoon Oval, Bundanoon took on Wingello in a homeground game. Bundanoon bowled first, with Brenden Hore on 61/42 and A. Martin on 3/24.
When Bundanoon stepped up to bat, G. Newman and S. Baines had the most runs and contributed 23 each. J. Collier and A. Hore both had 2/15. J. Collier had a direct hit for a run-out. Wingello ended with 9/110.
When Hill Top took on Bowral at Stephens Park, Hill Top won the toss and elected to bat first. Three batters reached double figures including Brett Peckham with 55 runs, Jack Saunders with 54 runs and Andrew Preston with 30 runs. When Bowral stepped up to bat, bowler Kyle Jesshope got 1-25 and Jack Saunders got 1-20.
When Hill Top took on Mittagong, Hill Top chased its opposition’s 137 in 12 overs. Brett Peckham go 36 runs, Matt Rapa got 42 off 12 balls and Olly Disher got 54.
When Hill Top stepped up to bowl Simon Reid got 3/11 off two, before he was sited for bowling two no balls above waist height. Kyle Jesshope got 1-21 and James Reid got 3-26.
In the combined first and second grade competition at Lackey Park on Saturday, Bowral will play Bowral Blues from 9am, Bowral will play the Wildes Meadow Wombats from 12.30pm and the Wildes Meadow Wombats will take on Bowral Blues from 3.45pm.
The Burrawang Bulls will go up against Bowral Blues from 9am, Wingello will take on the Burrawang Bulls from 12.30pm and Mittagong will play Wingello from 3.45pm. All of the games will be played at Taylor Avenue.
In the third grade competition, Bowral will go up against Wingello at Stephens Park 1, Bowral Blues will take on Robertson at Stephens Park 2 and Bundanoon will challenge Hill Top at Tourist Road.
In the afternoon Robertson will play Mittagong at Stephens Park 1, Bowral Blues will go up against Bundanoon and Hill Top will take on Wingello from 12.30pm. In the last game of the day for the third grade competition, Mittagong will play Bowral at Stephens Park 1 at 3.45pm.