Cricket: mixed results as Serpentine Jarrahdale and Armadale do battle in SMCA


Clayton Stone celebrates one of his four wickets in Serpentine Jarrahdale’s third grade victory.
Clayton Stone celebrates one of his four wickets in Serpentine Jarrahdale’s third grade victory.

A YOUNGSTER stole the show for Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues, but Armadale claimed the overall bragging rights in round 2 of the South Metropolitan Cricket Association.

With three Armadale and Serpentine Jarrahdale sides facing off, Armadale went home the happier club after winning the first and 1C clashes, but 15 year-old Clayton Stone inspired the Blues’ third grade side to stirring victory.

Armadale’s first grade side won the toss and elected to bat first in the local derby as Mark Rice (40) and Jordan Armstrong (31) steered it to a comfortable start.

Jeff Petrie’s fine 62 and Chad Forsyth’s steady 32 not out saw Armadale reach 6-209.

In response, the Blues looked strong early and was sitting pretty at 1-110 after Kane Hoskin plundered eight fours and five sixes on his way to 91.

However, Rice tore through the top and middle order with some excellent bowling, claiming 3-24 as the Blues fell from 5-171 to all out for 188.

Stone was the hero for the Blues after the teenager snared four wickets in their 10-run win over Armadale.

Serpentine Jarrahdale batted first and Kim Mason (72) and Tony Booth (35) set the tone early.

The Blues found themselves at 1-131, but Paul Edwards’ quick fire 3-37 reduced them to 4-152 before Ian Wood’s 28 not out steadied the ship and saw them finish on 5-189.

In response, Will Watson’s 80 almost single-handedly steered Armadale to 4-152, before Stone’s scintillating 4-23 was enough to secure Serpentine Jarrahdale the victory.

Armadale’s 1C outfit claimed the narrowest of victories after the Blues posted 9-163, thanks mainly to Aaron Atweel’s 52 not out and Mark Paterson’s 34.

Anand Baskaran, Durairaj Govindaraj and Ramesh Rumar all snared two wickets each for Armadale, whose run chase started poorly.

They looked in trouble at 5-84 after Brendon Kelly took 2-21, but John Parnabas responded with a superb 43.

Armadale again looked down and out when it reached 8-143, but Panabas helped guide it home to a superb win.