Openers win it for Kings

OPENER: Toby Shannon helped his team get the required runs on Saturday without losing a wicket. Picture: Tony Grant.
Nanjing Night Net

An unbeaten 80 run opening partnership has set up a win for the Kings Gym cricket team over competition newcomers the Cavaliers in last weekend’s 20/20 clash at King George oval.

Glen Innes Cricket Association spokesman Mark Jacobs said the Cavaliers went into bat first and looked all at sea from the beginning of their innings.

“The Cavaliers captain Greg Wilkins looked good with the bat but unfortunately his teammates could not maintain partnerships and a steady flow of wickets fell,” he said.

The Kings bowlers seemed to have all the answers and knew exactly where to bowl to the Cavalier batsmen to stop runs and get wickets.

“Unfortunately for the Cavaliers they only had eight players so they did not get a full complement of wickets to get through.

“Neil King bowled really well for the Kings and took a couple of wickets bowling a lot of very accurate on the stump deliveries.”

The Cavaliers ended up their innings at seven for 87 off their 20 overs and the Kings looked confident when their openers strolled to the crease.

Jacobs said the Kings openers looked good and got the runs easily.

“Brendon Levy went berserk with the bat, hitting sixes and fours seemingly at will,” he said.

“One ball was hit so far that we lost it and we had to restart play with a new ball.

“Levy was in a good partnership with Toby Shannon and they scored the winning runs with plenty of overs to spare eventually finishing at no wicket for 95 runs.”

Jacobs said the match finished early due to the pace the Kings batsmen set.

“The game was all wrapped up by 4 pm which is one of the earliest finishes I have seen in a local cricket match,” he said.

“I think the Kings openers just decided they’d try and cut loose and get the runs as quickly as possible.

“When the openers hit sixes in the early overs the writing is on the wall.

“The Cavaliers really tried hard but they were outclassed on the day.

Jacobs said the Cavaliers team play the game with a jovial spirit but could do with some net sessions to brush up on their skills.

“If points were given for heart the Cavaliers would do OK,” he said.

“I know Greg Wilkins has tried hard to get a team together to make the competition stronger, I am sure with some time his team will come to be competitive and win a game.”

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