Port Elliot hit a good score against Mount Compass in cricket

Century maker for the Port Elliot A grade cricket team Ryan Pooley.
Century maker for the Port Elliot A grade cricket team Ryan Pooley.

On a cold sunny day at Port Elliot the home side won the toss and elected to bat.

Looking to bounce back after their loss last week the Port Elliot openers got on top of the in form Mount Compass bowlers early and the score moved to 39 before Ling skied one off Loots to be dismissed for a well made 34.

This brought Pooley to the crease and together with Gordge they carefully crafted a wonderful partnership - keeping out the good balls, pushing the singles and punishing the bad balls to take the score to 1 for 115 at the tea break.

Gordge was the master of concentration, as he put his head down and weathered the tough periods and was the rock for the innings to be built.

After tea the pair continued to build on their scores, lifting the run rate in the process.

In the 62nd and 63rd overs Pooley breezed through the 90s to notch up his maiden 100 for Port Elliot, however not long after Gordge was dismissed by Dalitz for 58 breaking a fantastic partnership of 178 runs.

Gordge could be proud of his effort as he lay the foundations to the Elliot innings and gave the brilliant Pooley valuable support.

Pooley soon followed when he was cleaned bowled by Brown for a well made 109 which showcased his talent with some wonderful cricket shots.

With six overs to go and the scoreboard reading 3/230, the Port Elliot batsmen then tried to add some quick runs to the score, which saw Dodd (10), Austin (1), Donaldson (11) and Mason (1) all fall before Paull (11 not out) and Mack (5 not out) add some valuable runs at the end of Port Elliot's allocated 70 overs.  The score was an impressive 7/268. 

A great day’s play for the young Port Elliot side whose innings was set up through some valuable top order partnerships, especially the one between Pooley and Gordge.

For Mount Compass, Loots was the pick of the bowlers capturing 3/39 runs off his 15 overs, while Crees also bowled well, but couldn't manage a wicket off his 18 overs, which went for only 36 runs. 

Day 2 will bring some challenges for both teams, who are on the hunt for their second win of the season.