Ulladulla United have won their inaugural fourth grade clash with Batemans Bay. The Bay finished at 5/165 off their 40 overs with Ulladulla reaching 5/167 after just 32.4 overs.
It was a top effort by fourth grade, which has propelled them into the one-day semi-finals in December – the first time fourths have reached the semis in many years.
After an extra hot Friday, it was a relief on Saturday to arrive at Surfside Main Ground, Batemans Bay, to find temperatures in the mid twenties, with cloud cover and a cooling breeze.
The boundary was set short on the straight hit, the pitch was ready for action, and skipper Darren Smith won the toss for the first time this season, sending in The Bay.
Opening bowlers Paul Pinches (0/6 off 6 overs with 3 maidens), and Ryan Geerlings were frugal in the opening stanza.
A returning Jayden Granger collected the first wicket, thanks to a good low catch by Alex Eggins in the gully.
Darren Smith bowled 8 overs of off-spin for just 19 runs, while Dillon Granger bowled quickly and dangerously.
Alex Eggins claimed the second wicket, caught by Paul Pinches at point. Paul then ran out a confused Bay batsman with the score on 3 for 126 after 30 overs.
Robbo chipped in with a scalp, courtesy of a magnificent one-handed catch by Darren Smith at midwicket.
Scott Granger cleaned bowled another Bay batsman, for his first wicket of the season.
Tyler Frawley, all of 14 years old, remained not out 65 after batting for the entire innings. Batemans Bay 5 for 165 after 40.
The Ulladulla innings got off to a cracking start with Darren and Alex 0 for 37 off 4 overs, but a collapse occurred soon after, both openers and Anton Carriage out in quick succession.
It was the turn of Ryan Geerlings and Peter Thomas to pile on the runs.
Scoring quickly and safely, the two added 108 for the fourth wicket.
Ryan compiled 62 runs with 7 fours and a six while Peter made it to 42 not out, his highest ever score.
This was the match-winning partnership and the answer to Ulladulla’s prayers.
Paul Pinches assisted Peter to the victory target in the 33rd over for a convincing Gull’s win. Well done Fourth Grade Seagulls.
Duck award – Jayden Granger.
Hero of the Day – Ryan Geerlings for his 62 runs, some tight bowling, good wicket keeping and fielding.
Next game T20 vs North Nowra at Lighthouse – 10/11/18.