The bowlers were on top in the local cricket competitions on the weekend which resulted in some abysmal team totals of 22, 37 and 48 scored in this round’s matches.
In the Twenty/20 competition match, played on Friday night, Bushies recorded a 116-run win over Golfie.
Bushies batted first and scored 5/153 from their 20 overs.
Stephen Nicholson (with 54 runs from 33 balls), Stewart Fraser (40 runs from 26 balls) and Travis Buckman (18 runs from 22 balls) scored the bulk of the runs for Bushies.
Anthony Robertson was the best of the Golfie bowlers taking two wickets for 19 runs off his three overs.
In reply, Golfie was dismissed in the 16th over for a total of just 37 runs.
N Chapman (15) and Nick Buckman (12) were their only batsmen to reach double figures. The next best score was two runs from Golfie’s co-captain Kyle Loughran.
Mark Fraser (3/5) and Paul Lawrence (2/10) returned the best bowling figures for Bushies.
On Saturday night a depleted CSA team was no match for Hombres going down by 127 runs. Batting first, Hombres posted 8/149 from their 20 overs.
CSA made a good start and at one stage had Hombres restricted to 4/32.
However, Jason Hampel (with a score of 56 from 36 balls) and Tai Bowker (34 from 25 balls) resurrected the innings to post a more than competitive total for Hombres.
Tadgh Waugh did the early damage with the ball for CSA taking three wickets.
In reply, CSA was bowled out for a total score of only 22 runs in the 11th over.
Their dismal innings featured seven ducks.
Alex Lennon top scored for CSA with 12 runs.
Nicola Harbison took three wickets for Hombres while Jai Stephenson and Graham Harbison claimed two wickets each.
40 Overs cricket
In Saturday’s 40 Overs competition Empire defeated Golf Club by three wickets in another low scoring game.
Golf Club batted first and they were bowled out in the 20th over for 48 runs.
Mark Fraser (11) and B Singh (10) were the only batters to score doubles for Golf Club.
Tristan Everett ripped through the Golf Club batting line up taking five wickets for 13 runs.
Taugh Waugh at was his economically best taking two wickets for three runs off four overs.
It should have been an easy run chase for Empire however they lost Jay Egan on the very first ball then Jason Hampel and Tarun Bheemireddy for ducks.
Empire lost three wickets for no runs.
Empire then lost Jed Noonan with the score on four, Rahul Puri with the score on eight, Tadgh Waugh with the score on 15 and Justin Kelly with the score on 23.
Empire was 7/23 in the ninth over.
Golf Club was on cusp of causing an amazing upset before the experience of Jake Harbison (18 not out) and David Watson (12 not out) guided Empire home.
Mark Fraser took four wickets for Golf Club and Trent Robertson two.—contributed