The final two games of the year in the Twenty/20 cricket competition were played on Friday and Saturday nights.
On Friday night Robbie Mitchell (with 35 not out) steered his CSA side to a win against the Thirsty Camels while in Saturday’s match top order batsmen Wayne Josephson (38), Craig Youd (29) and Robert Childs (38) set Empire up for a win against Paddy’s Pack.
CSA won the toss in Friday’s game and elected to bat up against the Thirsty Camels who were struggling to field a full team.
The Thirsty Camels started their attack well with CSA’s opener Travis Dunlevy caught early with the score at 1/0.
It was the first of five catches for the innings.
CSA opener David Watson saw a succession of other batting partners in his time at the crease before he too was caught for 16.
Batting at No 7, Mitchell came to the crease to bump up their run rate and he and Jedd Watson (27) were the only other two CSA batsmen to reach double figures.
CSA batted out their 20 overs to finish with a score of 8/127.
Bowling for the Camels, Matt Low claimed two wickets for 25 runs.
The Thirsty Camels got off to a good run chase with openers Clay Neale (41) and Low (16) putting on a good first wicket partnership of 54 before Low was bowled LBW by Kapil Gohel.
Gohel then claimed the wicket of John Beer (he was caught for 0) and Zac Finn (1) got his marching orders after another LBW decision.
Bowling for CSA, Thinus Els took 4/6, including the important wicket of Neale. The Camels collapsed to be all out for a total of 87 in the 17th over not having reached the target.
Paddy’s Pack won the toss in Saturday’s match and sent Empire into bat first which proved to be a bad decision for Paddy’s.
Craig Youd (29) with three fours and two sixes, Wayne Josephson (38) with five fours and Rob Childs (38) with five fours and one six, got Empire off to a sensational start smashing Paddy’s bowlers to all parts of the ground.
After the trio was out, the rest of the team offered little resistance however, they batted out their 20 overs to finish 6/128.
Coopa Martin, once again, was the best of Paddy’s bowlers taking 2/17 while Damien Pumpa finished with figures of 1/3.
Paddy’s Pack lost their leader Paddy Harris in the first over and, with the score at 1/0, it was left to Jeb Bishop and Marc Anderson to resurrect the innings.
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