Merimbula Knights game cut short by hail

Solid pace: Aiden Bailey keeps a close eye on his ball against the Knights on Saturday before play had to be stopped due to rain and hail.
Solid pace: Aiden Bailey keeps a close eye on his ball against the Knights on Saturday before play had to be stopped due to rain and hail.

The Merimbula Knights have been dealt another blow in the the Far South Coast Cricket competition.

The club will have to accept just six competition points from a drawn result after rain and hail forced a stop to play before Wolumla could complete its innings.

The Clydesdales had given Merimbula a wobbly start to Saturday’s one-dayer at Berrambool Oval, picking up two early wickets.

However, Merimbula steadied and built to a modest total of 134 runs, finishing all-out in the 34th over.

But Wolumla were sitting on a mild figure of 5/38 in their 18th over when the weather forced the stoppage to play.

Unfortunately for both clubs, the game was scratched with 25 overs required to constitute a game under the association’s bylaws.

Before the halt, Bilal Shaikh had been the best with the bat for the Knights, knocking 35 against a solid bowling attack from the Wolumla club.

Reece Moulden had led the charge for Wolumla, with three wickets, while Aidan Bailey had his eye in to collect two scalps.

Corey Trease was leading the batting for Wolumla on 15-not-out, but Matthew Priem had been working hard to devastate the order, picking up the first catch and bowling three wickets.

Meanwhile, the Bluedogs consolidated their place on the ladder with a resounding win over Mallacoota on Saturday.

A team best of 124 runs to Sean Smith headed the charge for the Bluedogs, who were able to knock 4/242 in their 40 over block.

An opening 38 from Tom Hammond and 33 at three by Jake Taylor helped build the score early on.

When Shane Garrett chipped in a further 23 runs, the Bluedogs were already passed 230 runs. 

Mallacoota’s hopes of chasing down the target were hindered early on when Matt Creswick and Harry Preston were caught for ducks.

Opener Cameron Armstrong was then given lbw for just four runs and the top order had basically fallen over. 

Six for Andrew Evelyn and 14 from Toby Timms were the best coming out of the Mallacoota line-up as Pambula’s bowling attack carved through the batting order.

The Mallacoota squad was dismissed all-out in the 31st over for just 52 runs.

Ethan Adams was the key destroyer with the ball, taking four wickets for just 12 runs.

Pambula have consolidated their place at five on the competition table, while the Knights are clinging to second place.

Merimbula had held a lead from Tathra, but a loss followed by the respective draw has the team slipping 14 competition points in arrears of the table-toppers.

Eden and Bega share equal third a further 10 points astray from the Knights with the Dogs well in contention just 14 points further back.

Merimbula host Bermagui on Saturday and Pambula heads to Wolumla.