ARMIDALE City and Hillgrove Colts registered comfortable wins when Armidale first grade cricket returned from a weekend washout.
While City was beating Easts by 77 runs at Armidale Sportsground, Hillgrove was accounting for Ex-Services by 87 runs at Lambert Park.
Batting first, Hillgrove made 6-209, with young left- handed batsman Michael Dawson following up his first-round century with a good 61.
“He batted well again,” Hillgrove skipper Brad King said.
“Tom Armitage also batted well too but everyone chipped in and batted around Mick.”
Reigning premiers Hillgrove then dismissed Servies for 116, with King, PJ Wright, Scott Brennan and Matt Schaefer sharing the wickets.
Brennan impressed despite the off-spinner taking the new ball.
“He did bowl really well and was quite difficult to get away,” King said.
“The wicket was slow. Not a good wicket – a bit up and down and challenging to bat on.
“If you bowled too full you got hit. If you were too short they sat up.”
At the Sportsground, City batted first and amassed 270 on the back of half-centuries to a couple of their bowlers.
“The top order started well,” captain Hugh Reckord said.
Openers Paul Woodford (40) and Andrew Brownlie (28) put on 46 for the first wicket.
Andrew Skinner and Karl Triebe then came in and stole the show.
They showed they can handle a bat just as well as the ball, putting on 78 for the eighth wicket.
Both notched half-centuries, with Triebe hitting 55 and Skinner 50.
“It was a pretty good finish,” Reckord said.
Adam Rosser also chipped in with a valuable 23, stepping up from second grade.
Spin was the way to go, with Ben Welch nabbing 4-63 from his 12 and Dean Moore 2-70.
Sam Uphill was the other multiple wicket-taker, claiming 2-38 with his
It was always going to be a tough chase for Easts but they made a fair fist of it getting to 193.
The slow bowlers were the most effective, with Brownlie finishing with 4-43.
Triebe (1-30) also bowled well, Reckord said.
“He had a lot of dropped catches,” he said.
“His figures don’t reflect how well he bowled.”
Matt Morrow also chimed in with 1-56 and Col Starkey 2-35.
Welch also showed his allround abilities, top-scoring with 59.
Matt Tremain was the next best with 31, with Uphill making 25.
Everyone else chipped in with a few, Reckord said.