It was a tough assignment at Centennial Park as the Blues seconds went up against Bowral Cricket Club.
Losing the toss, the Blues found themselves bowling against an assertive Bowral batting line up.
Despite the high of three wickets each to Brett McAulay and Craig Rheynolds, the Blues gave too many chances away with dropped catches, enabling Bowral to creep away with 199 runs.
Andrew Langdon was a standout with the bat, scoring 91 not out.
However the collective team total left the Blues 30 runs short of victory.
Meanwhile the Bowral Blues thirds won the toss and chose to bat against a muscled-up Moss Vale bowling attack at Centennial Oval.
Paul ‘Froggie’ Turner lead the way as opener, finding the boundary on many occasions and putting on 60 runs before being caught behind off a spicy delivery.
Number three batter Rob Cockburn put on a welcome 41 runs. The Blues were all out in the 35th over with a respectable and defendable 188.
Rob Cockburn made a breakthrough in the seventh over, clean bowling Mossy’s number two batter.
In the 10th over Matt Watson got Mossy’s top batter for LBW and the Blues had a sense they could take the match if they could keep the momentum going.
With the bowling shared around the Blues made further inroads, taking wickets and pinning the opposition batters down.
Although Matt Watson finished with 2-31 and Rob Cockburn 2-32 (both off 8 overs), Priyan Wik was perhaps the standout, taking 1-6 off 5 with his steady spn action.
Although Mossy fell short with 120 runs, the boys held on until the last over, with three wickets in hand.
Over at Chevalier College, the Bowral Blues Sky team put on an outstanding performance against their Chevalier College opponents.
Winning the toss, the ‘Skies’ elected to bat and opener Nick Colgan worked hard at the crease to retire on 30, before returning for a second time once his team mates were all out or retired to clock up an additional ten runs. Matt Colgan and Willoughby Watson also retired on 30 while Hayden Willebrand added a quick 24.
The innings was over at the end of the 30th with the Skies managing 233 runs.
Although the Chev boys meant business with the bat, Skies opening bowler Judah Wright inflicted significant early damage with two clean-bowls and figures of 2-1 off 3 overs. Moses Rewais was steady and tight at 1-8 off 3 and Jack McCallum was unplayable and unlucky not to get a wicket, with three straight maidens. Despite some solid individual efforts from the Chev batting line up, Chev was restricted to 70 runs as the match ended.
- Matt Watson, Bowral Blues Cricket Club