By Casey O'Connor
Wanderers scored a comfortable win over South’s in the round nine of the Stanthorpe Cricket fixtures and have moved to second on the premiership ladder.
Playing on the CF White Oval Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat. An opening partnership of 45 from Ky Rashleigh (36) and Mitch Drayton (12) set a good platform before Drayton was caught by Tom Bonner off the bowling of Harry Williams.
One again it was Jamie Carnell who was the lynch pin of the Wanderers innings. Carnell plundered the bowling attack. His 80 runs coming off 62 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Weylin Aldridge added a quick 23 runs as the Wanderers tail wagged. Carnell was the last man out dismissed midway through the 35th over with the score 195.
With several of the South’s regular players unavailable John (Chook) Hendry dusted off the cricket gear and some of the Wanderers players found him difficult proposition to handle. He finished with four valuable wickets. Dan Davies was also amongst the wicket takers claiming three scalps.
The target of 195 should ahve been gettable but the Wanderers bowling attack frustrated the batting line up. The opening partnership netted only 26 runs before Singh (18) was dismissed by Weylin Aldridge. Captain Ben Staley is normally dangerous with bat in hand but was tied down scoring just 18 runs from 52 balls faced before he was caught by Ryan Jones off the bowling of Andrew Einam.
South’s were 3/71 when Staley was dismissed but lost a clutch of quick wickets before Weylin Aldridge cleaned up the tail.
Matthew Hendry was the best of the South’s batsmen scoring 23 runs.
South were all out in the 34th over more than 70 runs shy of the required total.