Matty Dalton continues to improve in the senior ranks as he opens the bowling against some of the Clarence River's best cricketers.
Matty Dalton continues to improve in the senior ranks as he opens the bowling against some of the Clarence River's best cricketers. Bill North

Young guns developing fast in Services' nursery

CRICKET: The emerging junior talent at South Services have continued to perform among the club's best players this season and it showed once again as the side rolled over the top of Tucabia-Copmanhurst at McKittrick Park.

It was a team effort according to captain Tom Kroehnert as the side restricted Tucabia to all out for 145 in the Cleaver's Mechanical Night Cricket round seven clash and chased it down in the 29th over.

"The young fellas bowled really well once again," Kroehnert said. "This is all a learning curve for them as players and they are taking it well.

"I don't think the nerves gets to them at all - they want to be playing the best cricket. If you keep playing against good opposition your own game will grow."

Chris Cleaver (3 for 16 off 5) was used in a split spell by Kroehnert bowling two overs at a time and had the dangerous Bob McKenzie (43) stumped just shy of his half century.

Souths started the run chase off in the right fashion scoring 39 before the loss of Dylan Cleaver (6) and continued to mount pressure through the middle order.

"We toiled hard in the middle overs and we didn't lose too many wickets in big clumps which was really good," Kroehnert said.

Kroehnert had given his side a mission to see out Tucabia strike paceman Chris Adamson (0 for 15 off 5) before taking to the rest of the bowlers.

A wayward Tucabia attack gave up 31 runs in extras which was a telltale difference between the sides with South Services only giving up 10.

"It was disciplined bowling from our fellas," Kroehnert said. "It is very pleasing to see the young fellas not giving away those easy runs."

Fittingly it was main wicket takers Cleaver and Josh Amos who finished the innings off for South Services as they chased down the runs to win by four wickets.



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