Briggs takes centre stage in crushing Pambula defeat

Merimbula has claimed points following a forfeit from Bermagui, and Pambula has been soundly defeated by South Eurobodalla in Far South Coast Cricket Association 1st Division over the weekend.

Pambula were all out for just 67, with Briggs claiming an astonishing 6/10 off seven overs, with four of his wickets clean bowled.

Baird top scored with 17 at the top of the order for Pambula, with only three batters reaching double figures.

Needing just 68 for victory, South Eurobodalla cruised to an eight wicket win off just 14.2 overs with Mackie scoring the majority of the runs.

He struck a quickfire 45 not out in what was a one man show, and a resounding victory for the visitors who currently sit fourth on the ladder.

Earlier in the day Mackie took 1-12 from eight overs, including four maidens, for a well rounded performance.

A forfeit by Bermagui handed Merimbula easy points on Saturday, leaving them sitting just below top of the ladder Tathra.

Tathra, who have remained undefeated all season, drew with Eden after rain and lightning stopped play at Lawrence Park.

Tathra finished on 8/229 from its 40 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Number three, Ben O’Reilly top scored with 50, while Timms was the pick of the bowlers with 2-46.

Sea Eagles captain Adam Blacka said he was happy Tathra’s lower order batsmen were able to spend some much needed time in the middle ahead of finals later this month.

Suffering from back soreness, Blacka said the game was a perfect opportunity to shift players up the order.

“They were looking really good out there, although some players probably needed to rotate the strike a little more,” he said.

Despite his injury Blacka still managed to lift Eden bowler Bowes for 26 from the final over during a quickfire 49 not out. 

Blacka sent Bowes’ first three deliveries over the mid-on boundary for six.

Blacka took guard on off stump, anticipating full pitched outswing from Bowes, who kindly obliged.

“I thought batting on off stump would give me more opportunity to get under the ball,” Blacka said.

Bowes then accommodated for Blacka’s ingenuity by bowling outside the off stump, drawing a swing and a miss from the captain.

Not to be undone, Blacka slotted the last two balls of the innings to the mid-off boundary for four.

Blacka and Check (9 n.o) put on 60 for the ninth wicket, with Blacka contributing the bulk of the runs. Blacka said Check’s smart running between the wickets helped build the partnership and a strong Sea Eagles’ total.

With Eden set a target of 230 for victory, openers Mudalier (9 n.o) and Kearney (10 n.o) saw the team to 20 for no wicket after 5 overs before rain ended play.

Needing 5.72 runs an over it was a big task for the Eden squad who sit in third place on the ladder.

Blacka said while his bowlers would have liked to play out the entire 40 overs, most elements of the team are clicking ahead of finals. While the teams bowling talent runs deep, Blacka said the squad has had difficulty claiming early wickets.

“We’ve got a solid team where everybody knows their role. We haven’t over complicated anything” Blacka said.