One Tree Hill and Angle Vale had critical wins in Para Districts grade one cricket on the weekend, as the minor round draws to a conclusion.
A sterling bowling effort from Jimmy Kelly and Justin Carman pushed Angle Vale to a win over third-placed Craigmore that keeps its slim finals hopes alive.Chasing 8/259 (A. Meredith 105), Craigmore made a good fist of the run chase but didn’t have the impetus to reach the target, falling 23 runs short.The Blues only lost seven wickets in the chase, with Kelly (5/77 from 23 overs) and Carman (1/68 off 28) doing most of the work. The pair bowled 15 maidens between them.One Tree Hill held its spot in the four with a win over fifth-placed Parafield Gardens, defending its 245.The home side was dismissed for 176 (N. Kershaw 59, A. Watson 30).The Billiegoats had a second hit, losing 6/37 in junk time.The win sees One Tree Hill heading into the final minor round in fourth spot and taking on Angle Vale, which is 6.5 points behind it on the ladder.Virginia secured first innings points, chasing down ATCO’s 109, declaring at 9/138 (A. Bascombe 43).ATCO had a second hit and made 9/69 with Nathan Seccafien taking 5/24.The fourth game went as expected with Salisbury West recording a 90 run first innings win and then making 3/123 in a second dig.Justin Davies took a remarkable 8/49 for Westies.Final minor round: ATCO v Parafield Gardens, Central United v Virginia, Craigmore v Salisbury West, One Tree Hill v Angle Vale.Other highlights:
Two Wells amassed 275 against Salisbury West in grade two, while Angle Vale recovered from 6/15 to make 109, which wasn’t good enough to secure victory against Riverside.
Also in that game, allrounder Ben McMullen took 5/33, then made 104 not out (seven fours, eight sixes) in the second innings.
In grade three, after dismissing North Pines for 54, Smithfield amassed 454 (why didn’t they declare?) after being 2/1. Zac Lowe made 187, with 20 fours and four sixes.
Still in grade three, Craigmore collected an outright, dismissing Enfield United for 87 and 82 (B. Jackson 6/48 for the match).
ATCO avoided an outright loss to Riverside in grade four after making 61 and 9/89.
Angle Vale made 7/325 (T. Blackford-Smith 97) in defeating One Tree Hill, also in grade four.
Grade six saw Sean Scully make 189 of Angle Vale’s 9/303 from 40 overs against Salisbury West, which made 7/215 (A. Leach 100).
Finally, in the same grade, Parafield Gardens 4/24 won after dismissing North Pines for 22 (top score in the innings was four).