However after a disappointing loss on the third day to Central Coast, ACT/Southern have missed out on a finals berth.
Cricket ACT Head Coach Kyle Piper commented on the performance “The boys played well at times across the weekend,”
“Naturally when you lose a game of cricket it will be a disappointment”
“We are striving towards a winning culture in the region and our program. We are also looking to reward results with future opportunities. We are very clear with our squads that it is important to take your opportunities whenever they may arise. Competing is not a talent, it is a learned habit. We are after players who compete each and every day, regardless of their opponent.”
ACT / Southern v Riverina
ACT / Southern (Ben Mitchell 73* and 1-39, Daniel Leerdam 54) Defeated Riverina
ACT/Southern’s batting performance won the game and the run chase in the 46th over.
ACT/Southern won the toss and elected to bowl first. The opposition openers were too strong for our bowling attack, with Ambler scoring 122 and Nicoll 78. Ambler was finally run out by some good fielding from Dajali Bloomfield. Riverina scored 247 before the change of innings.
Ben Mitchell (73) and Daniel Leerdam (54) put on a gallant effort and were able to steer ACT/Southern side over the line in the 46th over.
Illawarra v ACT/Southern
Illawarra v ACT/Southern (Tom Engelbrecht 2/22, Sam Taylor 3/28, Owen Chivers 47)
Illawarra won the toss and elected to bat. After a stunning bowling display in the starting overs from opening bowler’s Cameron Suidgeest and Bloomfield. Taylor and Engellbrecht were took down the middle order finishing on 3/28 off six overs and Engellbrecht on 2/22 off eight overs. Strict bowling from the whole ACT Southern side gave the batsman a small total of 113 to chase down.
Blake Munila (31) and Chivers (47) punished the Illawarra bowling attack with a partnership of 75. After Munila and Chivers were dismissed Brynley Richards and Mitchell kept the runs flowing scoring the winning runs in the 22nd over.
Central Coast v ACT/ Southern
Central Coast v ACT/ Southern (Chivers 62, Mitchell 53, Suidgeest 2/29)
After a few batting errors the ACT/ Southern side couldn’t put up a defendable total although fighting gallantly with the ball. Poor batting performance left most of the work to Chivers and Mitchell holding the crease for the majority of the innings. ACT/Southern were bowled out for 166.
In the field Suidgeest nearly got the team to victory taking two major wickets and bowling 7 overs for 29. With ACT/Southern total too low, Central Coast were able to cruise home with 5 overs to spare destroying any chance of Grand Final hope.