SGHS girls win way into State final four
By TIM HOWARD
SOUTH Grafton High School open cricket team has played itself into the last four in the Statewide cricket knockout with a comprehensive win over Hills Sports High School yesterday.
After losing the toss, South were sent into bat and could have been in trouble after losing Anglea Payne early for 1.
Number three Kara Sutherland played the innings of the day, scoring 41 and was involved in two solid partnerships that set the platform for a handy total of 122.
Batting first with Leah McDonald, 17, then Steffanee Colgrave, 19, Sutherland was involved in two partnerships of 30 plus.
Defending 122, the South bowlers kept a tight rein on Hills' star Renee Rollson, while taking wickets at the other end.
Co-coach of the team Bruce Baxter said the team proved adept at keeping Rollson away from the strike.
"She was able to bat virtually through the innings, but didn't get a lot of the strike. It was something the girls worked at well," he said.
Payne redeemed herself with the ball after her failure with the bat, taking 2-22, but the star with the ball was opening bowler Leah McDonald.
After a scratchy opening spell, she returned to the crease and demoralised the Hills batters, taking 4-11 to finish with the figures of 5-15.
Sutherland completed a good all-round game, cleaning up the tail with 2-20.
The team will meet Wellington High in the semi-finals of the competition at a carnival of cricket at Bathurst on March 29. All donations to get the girls to Bathurst gratefully accepted.