Great Southern cricket report

McLaren Districts allrounder Stephen Nairn scored 109 not out.
McLaren Districts allrounder Stephen Nairn scored 109 not out.

Encounter Bay won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Hoffmann and Parry positive against the new ball before Curtis drew a false shot from Parry to have him out for 17.

This wicket brought the ever dangerous Overall to the crease, unfortunately for the Bays he couldn’t keep his stellar season going, falling to Beard when he miis-cued a short ball to the man at deep mid wicket to fall for 12.

Willoughby joined Hoffmann and was given out for 0, and the Bays were reduced to 3/79 at the halfway mark. Lintern returned to the Bays line up and looked to steady the innings with Hoffmann.

Hoffmann continued to chip away at the McLaren attack before both batsmen looked to lift the rate. The pair combined for a great 108 run partnership before Lintern holed out in the deep off Wilson in the 38th over to fall for a solid 51.

Hynes came in and guided Hoffmann to his 100 in the final over with the Bays finishing at 4/200 with Hoffmann 102 not out. In reply Mclaren started badly with Hynes picking up Curtis early.

Nairn promoted up the order looked to build a partnership with Altus. Hynes then removed Altus with the score at 29, he then ripped through the middle order picking up the wickets of Natale, Petrucci and Worrall giving him four wickets in the space of 14 balls.

At the other end Nairn was taking advantage of some early dropped chances to attack the bowling lineup.

Hodges was sticking around with Nairn with Bays continuing to struggle to hold onto the chances their bowlers were creating.

Finally Moller got the breakthrough having Hodges caught at short cover for 12, ending a 71 run prtnership with Nairn.

Willoughby then picked up his first A grade wicket with his first ball when Kennewell edged behind for 6, Burns then had Wilson caught at mid off for 0, leaving McLaren eight wickets down with Nairn looking for a partner to help him get to his 100.

Beard provided this for his team mate, as Nairn scored his maiden A grade century. However McLaren finished on 8/154 after their 40 overs. Nairn finished 109 not out while Hynes took 5/15.

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