Pat Kerin’s cricket report

COME Alive Fitness Crusaders have scored a morale-boosting win over Mimosa in their day-night match at Nixon Park on Saturday night. Mimosa, winning the toss and batting, compiled 108 from 39.3 overs – the Crusaders replied with 7/109 securing victory in the 25th over.

The win sees the Crusaders regain the lead in the competition with the S&C Blues having the bye. 

Mimosa missing several of their senior players including Mark Stimson, Chris Stacey and Brady Oliver, saw their two senior players step up in Peter Stimson and Peter Gerhard, the pair opened the batting.

Their opening partnership yielded 57 with Stimson making 33 while Gerhard made a fine 30.   

For the Crusaders, Josh Purtell returned his best bowling figures of the season, 4/20 from seven overs.

Increment weather struck the match and when rain stopped play around 7.10pm, Crusaders were 1/28.

Played resumed after a 15-minute rain delay, and the match became evenly poised as the Crusaders started to lose wickets. 

The partnership that set up victory for the Crusaders was between Josh Purtell and James Smith. The pair came to the wicket with the match in the balance at 3/40.

They added 49 runs for the fourth wicket with Purtell completing a fine match making 31 while Smith top scored with 33 from 32 balls.  

Bowling honours were evenly shared for the home side; 15-year-old Josh McGregor captured 3/26 from six overs while Billy Winkley captured 3/53 from 10 overs.

AT ALFRED Oval in Young, the Coyotes after a slow start to the season, have finally locked down third spot with a win over the Central Hotel. The bowlers dominated this match with 16 wickets falling for just 149 runs.

Central Hotel with 10 players batted first and made just 73, the Coyotes made the victory hard work crashing to be 7/69, but finished with 7/76. 

Adam Twyford top scored for the Central with 15 while the only players to reach double figures were Gene Kessell 13 and Aaron Cronin 12.

Coyotes left arm quick Cal Taylor again done the damage for his side capturing 4/23 from 8.3 overs. Taylor now has 33 wickets at 8.4. After a slow start to the season, Taylor has captured 27 wickets in the past five matches.    

With the Central Hotel was on the verge of causing an upset , it was the Coyotes left hander Mick Ashton who guided  his team to victory finishing with 21 not out.