YPCA JUNIOR COLTS… Riley Miller, Wallaroo, misses the ball as he bats against Arthurton/Weetulta. YPCA JUNIOR COLTS… Riley Miller, Wallaroo, misses the ball as he bats against Arthurton/Weetulta.

Whispers from the pitch

We’re getting to the pointy end of the season and I’m excited to see some of these finals matches, as some players hit form at the right time of the season.

Minlaton remain the favourite in the lower YP competition. Minlaton defeated Eastern District fairly easily on the weekend but only made 141 runs. ED captain Troy Goldsworthy took 3/11 with Bodie Warwick and Patty Way taking two wickets each. Other than Goldsworthy’s 38 runs, there was little to highlight in ED’s batting innings, with the Minlaton bowlers sharing the wickets and having ED all out for 68. The game was delayed due to an ED player rocking up late with the match ball — this probably didn’t have anything to do with his Friday night activities.

Yorketown took on Port Victoria in the Pink Stumps Day clash. Yorketown lost its sixth toss in a row and was sent out to field. Connor Drewer picked up the first wicket armed with a pink ball, the score on 29. Dom Honner was the next to go with an unlucky dismissal off the arm and helmet onto the stumps. Wickets fell at regular intervals until Mandeep “Off the Hip” Singh and James “Cannon” Wilksch had a brilliant partnership, getting Port Victoria to 10/129. Nick “Now Gets Wickets” Pritchard finished with 3/14. Yorketown went in to face the pink ball and after a steady start Jake “Sideways” Rademacher got the first breakthrough. Yorketown was 2/38 when Nathan Smith and Bradley Twartz steadied the ship until the run out of Smith. The game was in the balance due to some tight bowling until the arrival of Peter “Cover Drive” Babbage to the crease and then the runs flowed. Yorketown reached the target five down in 38 overs, Twartz making 45, Smith 30 and Babbage 24 not-out.

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