Round 3 was an absolute cracker, with both teams getting some good points early in the season. The C grade took on Onkas at Lords in a memorable game which went down to the wire. While the D grade drove for several days before finally arriving at Staberfoyle Park just in time to murder the not so Happy Valley.
After losing the toss and heading out to field the C grade skipper Geersy and fellow opener Killer Curnow got the lads of to a great start with Curnow taking a wicket first ball of the innings. The good work continued from Baskets and The Browns looked in trouble losing their first three wickets for 7 runs. Onkas began their recovery with Mossop, Jefferies and Scott all giving a yelp with the bat, but all had their innings cut short by Colquist the Conqueror. To finish Onkas in 30 overs Sammy came on and bowled some pies, taking 3 for not much as The Browns dished up some of the easiest catches ever seen in Hills Cricket to Cranwell and Browno. The Range came out to bat and it was deja vu as Berza got himself caught again playing at one down the leg side, the boys looking in trouble after a couple of early wickets before Bahrsy steadied the ship. With 10 overs to go, the Range needed more runs to win than they had made in the first 30 overs. Curnow made light work of having to score at over a run a ball, unleashing in the last few overs - needing 9 off the last 10 balls he spanked a glorious 6 over cover. It was a brilliant win for the lads and after a solid performance Curnow was granted holiday leave for the next two games.
Down at Staberfoyle Park the Range made light work of their suburban enemies, bowling very tight to keep the Valley Vikings to 7/136 after 40 overs. With the exception of Schiller who was poor at best, the Range bowlers were on fire. The skipper Wotton was very economical grabbing 1/17 including a very rare Maiden and responsible dog owner Colin was on fire clean bowling 2 of the Vikings. However story of the day was Coathangers Higginson who picked up his first every hat-trick, the third ball caught at second slip by Old Man Westrych. With the bat the Range were never in doubt sealing victory in the 19th over without losing a wicket. Westrych was on fire, he purchased the pitch and establish a strike farm, claiming his ton before drinks and spanking 143 run in 183 run partnership with Tommy Keough. TK himself made a mess of the Valley bowling attack spanking 87 while Bretta contributed to the big total with 20 quick runs. Unfortunately for Gus the bat wasn’t as kind as the ball, falling for his second golden duck for the year and taking an early lead for the trophy nobody wants to win.
The C grade take on Mylor in Round 4. The D grade will be doing some Amber Arm Lifts after Eastern Ranges withdrawal from the competition.