South shows East no mercy
By TONY WHITE
A BATTING onslaught by South Services' top order fol- lowed by a fiery Jason Thomp- son spell ensured South main- tained the ascendency over East Royal Tavern in the Ban- anacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket match at JJ Lawrence Field on Saturday. South smashed its way to a timely declaration at 5-301 and Thompson, after a first innings duck, launched his frustrations on East's batsmen to snare four vital wickets. At stumps East was precari- ously placed at 4-35. The prestigious minor prem- iership is now tantalisingly within South's grasp. After succumbing to league leaders Harwood in the previ- ous round, South's determined mindset to secure the minor premiership was evident from the outset on Saturday.
South openers Tom Kroeh- nert and Brett Woods got the side off to a dream start. Skipper Woods, sadly out of form this season, and his young partner Kroehnert, launched a ferocious assault on East's bowlers, taking the score to 141 from just 26 overs before Woods (65) was out to Tim White. Kroehnert's brother Matt joined the party. The pair scored runs freely before Tom was caught behind off Ian O'Toole for a buoyant 78. South was 2-180. Then the real fireworks started. Kroehnert went ballis- tic, swating balls to the bound- ary and all parts of the ground. Kroehnert and Matt Hart- mann (33) catapulted the score to 260 before Kroehnert fell two short of his second century this season, out for 98 to Jai Rear- don. South was 3-260. His brilliant innings includ- ed 12 boundaries and one six.
Reardon struck again next ball snaring Thompson lbw, then four runs later removed Mark Laybutt (3), again to an lbw decision. At 4.50pm, Woods called a halt and declared at 5-301 off
just 54 overs. Reardon was the best of East's bowlers with 3-26. The remainders figures better suited to a batsman's score sheet than bowling totals. East then crumbled under
pressure. Thompson, like a demolition wrecking ball, cut a swathe through the batsmen. At the other end Matt Peter- son bowled five overs for a meagre 16 runs.