Century, five-wicket haul seals a Cummins win

17/05/2018 Posted by admin

REWARDS: Chris Miller (5 wickets) and Shawn Fitzgerald (102 runs) received vouchers from Emma Clark of the Cummins Hotel.Great Flinders cricket
Nanjing Night Net

DEFENDING Great Flinders cricket premiers Cummins started the new season with a win on Saturday against Kapinnie Mount Hope at the Cummins Oval.

Cummins won the toss and elected to bat but were in early trouble when Blacker was back in the pavilion without scoring.

Shawn Fitzgerald joined Fuller to have a steadying partnership until Fuller lost patience and was bowled by Howell for 24.

Finlayson then joined Fitzgerald and took the score to 94 before his luck finally ran out and he was dismissed for 16.

A middle order collapse saw the score go from 3/94 to 7/115 and the home team was in real trouble.

Throughout this and up until drinks, in the 25th over, Shawn Fitzgerald was playing the perfect role and had amassed 48, and never looked troubled by the bowling.

After drinks he decided to take the game by the throat and began attacking the bowling with leg spinner Green being a victim of his attack, which saw 23 runs taken from his seventh and final over, including three sixes and a four.

Another six followed soon after from the bowling of Foster, which took Fitzgerald to within sight of his century and then some sensible batting saw him reach his maiden ton in the 38th over. In doing so he had taken the Cummins score from a perilous 7/115 to 8/172.

He was ably supported in his quest for runs by Smith who remained not out on 28 at the close of innings.

Cummins finished with 194 with Fitzgerald’s contribution of 102 an excellent score considering the middle order collapse.

The best of the Kapinnie Mount Hope bowlers was Jay Green who captured three scalps.

Kapinnie Mount Hope got away to a steady start in their innings with Hazelgrove and Paech rarely troubled in the opening stanza from Barnes and Nicholls.

It wasn’t until the eighth over when Miller deceived Paech to have him bowled that Cummins had their first breakthrough.

Hazelgrove was particularly severe early in Miller’s bowling spell and tried out the new complex windows with a ferocious pull for six, which had everyone’s heart in their mouth as the ball cannoned into the newly installed windows – to everybody’s relief there was no sound of breaking glass!

Hazelgrove then misjudged another short ball from Miller and skied a catch to Shawn Fitzgerald at short mid-wicket, who almost made a meal of what should have been a straight forward catch.

Had he grassed that chance it wouldn’t have mattered if he had made 200 as Hazelgrove was just starting to look in ominous touch.

There was a steady flow of wickets from then on with Miller being the destroyer taking 5/30 from his 10 overs, backed up by some wily off spin from Blacker who also claimed 3/25 from six.

It was a good bowling performance from Cummins to see Kapinnie Mount Hope dismissed for 94 and start the season off with a comprehensive win.

After the game players retired to the Cummins Hotel where club major sponsor Emma Clark and her team provided the boys with several complementary drinks for their victory and century maker Fitzgerald and five-wicket taker Miller were provided with $50 vouchers for their heroic deeds.

This weekend sees the much anticipated inter-association clash between Great Flinders and Kimba at Cummins.

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