Strong wins point to likely trophy finalists

CALROSSY 1 and McCarthy have put themselves in the frame for the Ron George Trophy final with big wins on Monday.

The two shared the lead with Oxley heading in to the round.

Oxley’s chances took a hit with Farrer 1 beating them  by three wickets.

It lifted Farrer to level with Oxley with a game against the Farrer 2s up their sleeve later this week, and one round remaining.

Oxley batted first and posted 5-145 from its 20 overs.

Toby Fox top-scored with 46 followed by Andrew Finch with 37.

Jack Richards took 2-36 to help Farrer restrict Oxley while Tom Maloney chimed in with 1-21.

Farrer were in reply looking shaky at 4-23 and then still 6-71 but Toby Whale, Cooper Barnes and Maloney came to the rescue and steered them to 7-154.

Whale made 54 before Barnes and Maloney saw them to victory.

Barnes finished unbeaten on 31 and Maloney 20.

Three bowlers finished with two wickets with Tom Fitzgerald claiming 2-16, Matt Bryant 2-12 and Nick Clarke 2-25.

Next door at Riverside 3, Calrossy 1 kept up its good batting record this season plundering 4-249 against Farrer 2.

They’ve now scored about 200, or above, every game.

Farrer did have some early joy but it didn’t last long with AJ Pretorious and Will Burke putting on 164 for the second wicket.

Burke was unlucky to miss out on a century being caught on the boundary for 96. 

Calrossy coach Bruce Veitch said it was either going to be four, six or out.

It was a good knock. Like Tyson Rennie’s innings a couple of weeks ago he just played straight, and played well.

Pretorious carried his bat and was 74 at the end of the innings.

Layne Berry also hit 34.

The Farrer bowlers copped a fair bit of stick.

Josh Strange (1-57), Connor Size (1-34) and Hayden Size (1-33) were all among the wickets.

Calrossy then bowled Farrer out for 74 with Nick McCrohan (24) and Kobe Russell (22) the only two to really show much resistance.

Tom Griffiths did most of the damage with 4-19 and was well supported by Jack Diebold (2-25) among others.

In the other game, McCarthy amassed over 200 for the second successive week – this time posting 5-208.

Jye Paterson anchored the innings with 78 with Tom Finn adding 32 and last week’s hero Chris Ninness 21. 

The Calrossy bowlers shared the wickets around with Sam Hunt nabbing 1-13, Ben Grant 1-14, Pranav Majumdar 1-19, Sam Buster 1-20 and Alex Wall 1-32.

McCarthy then restricted them to 8-155.

Mitch Salter made 45 of those, Russell Johnston 34 and Alex Wall 22.

Paterson reiterated his allround talents leading the wickets with 2-8.

Matt Hughes also claimed 1-18, Cameron Clout 1-19 and Antonio Comi 1-25.

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