South bowlers come to rescue

SOUTH Services bowlers and fielders rescued their batsmen after they were dismissed for a dismal 113 in the Daily Examiner South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club night cricket competition match at McKittrick Oval against East Royal Tavern.

South squandered a 'flyer' of an opening stand of 38 from Tom Kroehnert, 46, and Brett Woods, 10, and a 23-run second wicket partnership from the Kroehnert brothers ? Matt and Tom ? losing their last eight wickets for 52.

At one stage they lost 4-4 as the wheels fell of their innings in the middle order.

All rounder Robbie Kean had the pick of the figures taking 3-6 from four overs and skipper David Cox was economical, picking up 1-14 from his five overs.

Left-arm medium pacer Ian O'Toole was tight, taking 1-18 from his fiveover spell.

Apart from first drop Matt Kroehnert, 13, no other batsman made double figures and sundries, with 18 was the second top score.

The East innings was almost a mirror image of the South effort.

Openers Rob McKenzie, 31, and Jai Reardon, 12, took advantage of some wayward overs from opening bowler Jason Thompson to take the score to 36.

South skipper Woods introduced Matt Kroehnert into the attack and he responded by halting the fun flow and taking vital wickets.

He caught and bowled McKenzie, bowled Reardon and then bowled the dangerous Greg Watkins for four.

Matt Peterson then dismissed Keen for 8 and the dismissal of the lower order became a procession with the last six batsmen totalling six runs off the bat.

South's tight bowling was matched with excellent fielding, which dried up the runs.

Thompson came back for a second spell and took 2-6 from his last three overs.

His victims, East's captain Cox and the big-hitting Doug Harris, were the last of the frontline batsmen in the East lineup.

Zac Page mopped up the tail to finish with the fine figures of 3-10 from 4.1 overs.

South wrapped up the East innings in the 24th over, dismissing their op- ponents for 76.

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