Young gun secures finals berth under lights
NIGHT CRICKET: Coutts Crossing young gun Eli Fahey tore the house down and rebuilt it in his name during Cleaver's Mechanical Night Cricket at McKittrick Park on Wednesday.
A five-wicket-haul with the cherry was backed up by an innings-carrying 29 runs as he led Coutts Crossing to a three-wicket victory against South Services.
The 15-year-old all-rounder turned the South Services innings on its head in a single over when he bowled a triple-wicket maiden, beginning with a superb caught and bowled effort to remove Jasper Peady (13).
He then got the ball to pop off the pitch, taking the shoulder of Chris Cole's bat falling to Andrew McLachlan at short cover, before getting sending Luke Sullivan packing the next delivery.
This sent Souths from 3-88 into a spin at 6-88.
It had been a dogged start to the innings from Souths, who were sent in on a wet wicket after the start to the match was delayed by an hour due to the timed sprinklers inadvertently being turned on to gave the wicket a ill-timed soaking during the afternoon.
Openers Tom Kroehnert (25) and Dylan Cleaver (16) saw out the first 11 overs and put on 48 for the first wicket.
Experienced middle-order bat Justin Rainbow withstood the innings collapse, and survived an early chance before scoring a handy 36 to help the side who were all out for 123 in the 29th over.
After his heroics with the ball, Fahey anchored the Coutts innings with the bat after arriving at the crease with the side in early trouble at 2-15.
He combined with big-hitting Craig Woods (17) to put on a 44-run partnership before both were removed in the same over by Josh Amos (4 for 29 off 4).
Bill North (15) and Andrew McLachlan (17 not out) steadied the ship with a 36-run 7th wicket stand before the latter guided the side home in the 26th over.
CLEAVERS NIGHT COMPETITION
COUTTS CROSSING V SOUTH SERVICES
At McKittrick Park
Toss: Coutts Crossing
Umpires: Terry Brien, Tim Kinnane
South Services 1st Innings
T Kroehnert lbw b A McLachlan 25
D Cleaver c J Inskip b A McLachlan 16
R Green b A McLachlan 5
J Peady c & b E Fahey 13
J Rainbow c J Gossen b E Fahey 36
C Cole c A McLachlan b E Fahey 0
L Sullivan lbw b E Fahey 0
J Amos b E Fahey 0
C Cleaver not out 12
J Kelleher b A Elliott 0
S Harris b A Elliott 0
Extras (b 5, lb 0, w 10, nb 1) 16
ALL-OUT for 123
FoW: 1-48(D Cleaver) 2-54(R Green) 3-56(T Kroehnert) 4-88(J Peady) 5-88(C Cole) 6-88(L Sullivan) 7-94(J Amos) 8-115(J Rainbow) 9-117(J Kelleher) 10-123(S Harris)
Bowling: AB Elliott 5-1-12-2, H Woods 3-0-12-0, J Gossen 4-0-16-0, A McLachlan 5-1-13-3, B Cotten 2-0-13-0, M Elkerton 1-0-8-0, B North 4-0-14-0, E Fahey 5-1-30-5
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
B Cotten c Rainbow b Cleaver 11
L Cox st Sullivan b Cleaver 0
AB Elliott c Kroehnert b Amos 5
E Fahey c Sullivan b Amos 29
R Cotten lbw b Cleaver 11
C Woods c Sullivan b Amos 17
B North lbw b Amos 15
A McLachlan not out 17
J Gossen not out 7
Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 11, nb 1) 12
SEVEN wickets for 124
FoW: 1-2(L Cox) 2-15(AB Elliott) 3-17(B Cotten) 4-33(R Cotten) 5-77(C Woods) 6-77(E Fahey) 7-113(B North)
Bowling: J Peady 5-0-18-0, C Cleaver 5-0-18-2, J Amos 5-0-25-4, D Cleaver 5-0-19-1, S Harris 4-0-29-0, Z Wheatley 1-0-9-0, J Kelleher 1-0-6-0
* COUTTS Crossing win first innings by three wickets.