FINALS: South Services are hoping Justin Rainbow will be back in time for next week’s night cricket semi-final.
FINALS: South Services are hoping Justin Rainbow will be back in time for next week’s night cricket semi-final. Matthew Elkerton

Night Cricket win keeps season alive for Souths

CRICKET: With nothing left to play for across grade cricket the South Services night cricket side have thrown open a lifeline for the club squeezing their way into a semi-final clash with Coutts Crossing next week.

The youthful side rolled through a strong Brothers side to have them all-out for 102 in the 27th over.

A strong bowling effort from South Services' juniors Jasper Peady and Matthew Dalton saw both bowlers pick up a brace of Brothers' wickets.

South Services regular night cricket captain Chris Cleaver was relieved of his duties last night by batsman Tom Kroehnert and said it was good to not have that stress hanging over him.

"It was a really good win for our boys," Cleaver said. "It is a really tight competition in night cricket and we had to play pretty good to get the win.

"The junior players really did a good job for our side. Jasper Peady stepped up especially for us and young Matty Dalton as well. He opened the bowling and bowled especially well to keep the runs down.

"It is good to see the youngsters climbing through the ranks and having a crack at night cricket with some of the older guys."

Souths chased the runs down within 26 overs and were helped in their efforts by the Brothers bowlers who conceded 30 extras including 25 wides.

"The extras are definitely handy to get if you are a batting side," Cleaver said "But take nothing away from our boys, Luke Sullivan was hitting the ball through the covers really nicely and set up a good partnership with Dylan [Cleaver]."

Cleaver hopes to have experienced head Justin Rainbow and batsman Beau Sevill back in for next week.



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