Knights, Bluedogs battle to round wins

Morgan Jackson switched the bat for the ball when he claimed three wickets for the Bluedogs on Saturday.
Morgan Jackson switched the bat for the ball when he claimed three wickets for the Bluedogs on Saturday.

Both the Merimbula Knights and Pambula Bluedogs recorded first division cricket wins over the weekend.

The Knights travelled to Dalmeny and were able to chase down the target set by the South Euro PIrates, while the Bluedogs clinched a valuable win over the Eden cricket club at the Pambula Sporting Complex.

A pair of Ethan Adams catches got Pambula off to a blinder of a start as he dismissed both openers for ducks.

40 runs later, third down the order Patrick Kearney was also caught by the fielder and returned to the sheds for just 13 runs.

However, despite the early dismissals, Eden proved resilient with a middle order partnership keeping the visitors in the running for the points.

Matthew Bell and Tim Bowes paired up at the crease with both batsmen earning 57 runs before they were returned to the sheds.

Bell went first off a Morgan Jackson catch, while Adams showed great consistency in the field to take the wicket of Bowes just 20 runs later.

Both critical wickets had come off the bowling of Grover Gillespie, who clinched four wickets on the day to lead the Pambula bowling attack.

Jackson was the next best with the ball, securing three wickets as the Eden visitors were dismissed for 199 off 35 overs.

A big knock of 75 from Jake Taylor laid the foundation for the Bluedogs' reply, while fellow opener Sean Smith hit a capable 30 before he was caught by Bell.

Tim Wilson scored 20, while Josh Hammond finished 21 not-out as the Bluedogs ran down the target at 6/201 in the final over.

In contrast, the openers were almost the only thing standing in Merimbula's way from a quick win at Dalmeny Oval.

Dean Friskin scored 20 runs, while Elijah Blair hit 18 before the entire middle order crumbled under the weight of pressure from the Merimbula strike bowlers.

Alex Filmer-Smith salvaged 25 runs at night watchman, but when he was dismissed, the Pirates innings was finished for 115 runs.

Dylan Jordan claimed three wickets with the ball, while Patrick Whittard picked up a pair off his five overs with the ball.

With the target set, the Knights took to the crease and after a wobbly start, had chased down the Pirates' score within 27 overs.

Mitch Jessop was on 11 runs when he was ruled out lbw off the bowling of Jake Cooper.

Fellow opener Ash Postance was run out for just 9 runs, however, Jay Richmond was having a blinder with the bad, building to 64 not-out as the Knights rounded the required runs.

A worth contribution of 17 from Dylan Lawson helped the Knights to a 2/121 result.

Merimbula host Tathra in a top-of-the-table clash, while the Bluedogs host Wolumla at Pambula on Saturday.