Quorn v Central/Stirling
Quorn picked up a fighting victory over Central/Stirling to further establish their top-two position on the A Grade ladder.
Quorn won the toss and were in some trouble early, but the middle order held strong to achieve a score that they defended well to record a 33-run win.
Liam Bury and Kade Baker got the innings off to a good start for Quorn and negotiated the first eight overs with little trouble, until Bury was dismissed from a diving Toby Baxter catch at first slip.
Two overs later, Central claimed their second and third scalps with both Corey Finlay and Baker falling to leave Quorn 3/32.
Matt Griffiths and Mark Francis combined for a 39-run stand that got them back in the game, but when Francis fell to Brendon Davis, they were once again on the back foot.
Paul Finlay joined Griffiths in another solid partnership until Davis broke through again to dismiss Finlay.
Griffiths fell immediately after for a well-made 47, before Quorn picked up 34 runs off the last seven overs to end up 9/157.
Central/Stirling were cruising for the first 19 overs and were 2/73 when captain Toby Baxter had blasted his way to 47. This included two sixes and four fours, but he chased one too many when he mistimed a lofted drive straight up in the air and was caught by Cameron Finlay to hand Alex Parnanzini his first wicket.
Four balls later, Parnanzini claimed the wicket of Roby McDonald to bring Quorn back into the game. Tigers then slipped to 6/80 when Parnanzini picked up two more in Jackson Nance and Brendon Davis.
Ryan Finlayson and Cameron Edson tried to keep the runs ticking, but a good slips catch from Griffiths saw the back of Edson to leave Central 65 runs to win with only three wickets in hand.
Parnanzini picked up his fifth wicket when he found the edge of Orson Poole and a good catch was taken by Paul Finlay.
The last two partnerships did what they could to increase the tally, but the Tigers were bowled out for 124.
Parnanzini’s five wickets and Matt Griffiths’ 47 runs were the main contributors to the win that sees Quorn move three wins ahead of third-placed Central.
West v South
In a nail-biting finish, South just got the win over West in their Round 8 clash.
The Hawks were valiant with the ball and in the field in an attempt to defend their total of 136, but fell short by just one wicket.
The first hour of the match went entirely South’s way, as Nathan Nistico and Clayton Parkinson picked up five wickets between them.
With West at 5/24, captain Mitchell Foote and Jason McInerney set about bringing some respectability to the scorecard and were effective in their 74-run stand that lasted 23 overs.
McInerney was bowled by Greg Shirley on 45 runs, before Foote also fell to Shirley six overs later for 33.
Dylan Cammarano picked things up with a handy 20-run innings to lift the total to 136 all out. Nistico claimed the best figures of the innings with 4/29, while Greg Shirley took 3/34.
Foote and McInerney took early wickets for the Hawks to leave the Bulldogs at 2/31 off eight overs.
Greg Shirley came to the crease at number four and a solid partnership between him and Corey Cuffe was needed to keep West at bay.
They added another 38 runs before some quick wicket keeping from Mark Benbow saw Cuffe out-stumped for 31.
Craig Shirley joined his brother in the middle, but couldn’t last as long, as McInerney picked up his third wicket with a catch off his own bowling.
Ben Trewartha was then out caught behind off Tom McInerney for two, but it was a brilliant catch from Mark Myers to dismiss Greg Shirley for 48 that really gave the Hawks a boost.
At 6/106, South still needed 31 to win, and once Will Waterworth fell to another Myers screamer, they were in strife. Nathan Nistico had some form with the bat and when he was out for four, the final two batsmen needed to put on 12 to win.
Aaron Vater got them to within four of victory, before Clayton Parkinson finished the job with a boundary.
The close loss was devastating for West, as they remain in the hunt for third position and a finals berth, while South got out of jail to remain on top of the ladder.