The Shoalhaven under 16s representative team travelled to Dapto’s Reed Park on Sunday to play Illawarra in the second round of the Greater Illawarra Zone Inter-Association competition.
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After winning the toss and taking the opportunity to bat first, Illawarra set about posting a high score.
However, a hat-trick from Shoalhaven captain Riley Jarrett mid-way through the innings put the brakes on and limited the home team to 173 off 41 overs.
Shoalhaven timed their innings to perfection, chasing down the runs in the penultimate over to finish 6/177.
Illawarra started well before Blake Dixon claimed the first wicket at 22 with a catch to wicket-keeper Jack Sweet.
Some sharp fielding and accurate throw to the keeper by Riley Jarrett ran out Illawarra’s other opener before Lorcan Edwards-Villalta claimed his first wicket in his first over.
His second came as a result of another good catch to keeper Jack Sweet.
The home side was in a good position at 4/92 after 22 overs when Riley Jarrett started his fifth over.
A sharp catch in slips by Toby Huard dismissed the Illawarra captain Isaac Warburton for 43, with the next ball bowling the incoming batsman.
Toby’s next ball trapped the new batsman in front and the umpire adjudged him LBW.
Riley had a hat trick and Illawarra was seven wickets down at the end of the over.
A 60 run partnership gave the home team a respectable score but tight bowling from Troy Sweet kept the runs under control with just 22 runs coming from his 10 overs.
All the bowlers contributed with Riley Jarrett the best with 3/24, Lorcan Edwards-Villalta 2/24, Toby Huard 1/4, Marley Arthur 1/10 and Blake Dixon 1/36.
The Shoalhaven fielding was sharp, affecting two run-outs, one each to Riley Jarrett and Blake Dixon, both assisted by wicket-keeper Jack Sweet who also finished with two catches.
Shoalhaven opening pair Toby Huard and Jack Sweet got the visitors off to a good start putting on 43 before Huard (11) was out caught behind.
Tight bowling from the Illawarra bowlers constrained the scoring but Jack Sweet (29) and Riley Jarrett (16) put on 30 before both went in consecutive overs.
Marley Arthur (four) combined with Jack Walsh for another 30 runs before Walsh and Troy Sweet (15 runs with three boundaries) managed to get on top of the Illawarra bowlers and make inroads into the run chase.
More runs followed until Darcy Hopkins (five) was run out pushing the run rate up before Jack Walsh (56 not out with six fours) and Blake Dixon (nine not out) combined to pass the Illawarra score with an over to spare.
The T20 rounds of the competition commence next Sunday with the Shoalhaven playing South Coast at Albion Parks’ Keith Grey Oval in the morning before coming up against Highlands at Reed Park Dapto in the afternoon.
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