Friendly contest delivers

Circular Head RSL’s Michael “Boxer” Jago sizes up to Trowutta-Combine’s Sam Brookes. Photo courtesy of Leigh French.

Cricket. With the CHCA taking a break over the long weekend, Trowutta-Combine Cricket Club hosted a friendly fixture against the Circular Head RSL on Saturday.

A concept in its eighth year, the relationship between the two sees the Smithton-based side hold their annual dinner at the RSL building and in return, RSL members take to the pitch in a fundraising day for the club.

With the scoresheet showing the RSL side as winners in getting over the line by two runs, Trowutta-Combine president Darryl Littlejohn said the day provided players with a chance to enjoy their cricket in a relaxed setting.

“We’ve got a good working relationship with them,” he said of the sub-branch.

“There were a lot of people around, a lot of new people from the RSL . . . it was a really good day.”

Sent in to bat, the RSL’s opening batsman Jake Russell made an immediate impact on the scoreboard to finish on 30 not out; a rule of the day leading players to retire on 30.

A blistering 30 – including four sixes – from the man better known as “Irish” took the visiting side to 3/87, with the new recruit overheard saying “I’m not used to playing on small grounds like this”.

A knock of 25 from Nigel McIntosh down the order helped the RSL to a total of 160, losing six wickets in the process.

Wickets were shared across the TC bowlers: spinner Darren Ferguson grabbing the first wicket of the day with a run out and Sam Brookes on target to earn the last.

In the chase, TC made a solid start to be sitting at 6/108 in the 15th over with Morgan Henderson (22) and Zak Mitchell (29) the biggest contributors.

Controversy ensued when the stumps were pulled up two overs short of the 20 allocated, with the final result still up for debate. The record prior to the weekend’s match stood at 5-1-1 in favour of the RSL.

Overall, a total of nine sixes and 20 fours were struck during the match.

An inclusive day also saw the women get involved with the ball; the likes of Lauren Bovill and Dell Targett given the chance to take on the boys for their respective sides.

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