South on top, but looking shaky
By ADRIAN MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH Services are in a strong position for first-innings points in their Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst after dismissing them for 167 on Saturday.
In reply Souths are 3 for 55.
Souths must win to have any hope of making the finals, and their bowlers gave them every chance to do so with a fantastic display at McKittrick Oval.
Tucabia won the toss and elected to bat, but slumped to 3 for 13 after Matt Peterson ripped through the top order.
Opener Greg Watkins, 13, and Matt Pigg, who top-scored with 31, took the score to 41 before Watkins was out caught behind off Brendan Taylor.
Wickets fell at regular intervals for Tucabia -at one stage they were 8 for 113 -- before rear-guard action from Damien Rouse, 29, Tony Worthing, 17, Seb Dalton, 20, and Trent Dickson, 24, gave them some runs to defend.
Peterson was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 36 from 13, while Matt Kroenhert, 3 for 28 off 12.2 and Taylor, 2 for 22 off 11, also bowled well.
Souths run-chase started disastrously, when they lost Tom Kroenhert with the score on zero, but Matt Kroenhert joined Brett Woods at the crease and started to reel in the runs in his bludgeoning-type style.
He raced to 36 before he was bowled by Damian Rouse, who then had Matt Hartman out soo after without troubling the scorers.
He finished with 2 for 23 from 7, while Brett Woods 16 not out and Brad Robertson, 2 not out, have 113 to get next week to hand Souths first-innings points.
Souths opening bowler Jason Thompson said the game was still delicately poised.
"We're in a relatively strong position, but with Matty already out it will be a tough chase," he said.
"He's been the back bone of our batting line-up this year so it's disappointing for him to already be out, but we're confident."
And with a final round match against Westlawn to finish off the season in three weeks time, Thompson said a win was vital for the team's finals aspirations.
"This one is a must win game for us to stand any chance of getting in," he said.