Cricket: up and down weekend for Thornlie CC teams

Cricket: up and down weekend for Thornlie CC teams

THORNLIE Lions Cricket Club enjoyed mixed fortunes over the weekend in their South Metropolitan Cricket Association fixtures.

Fourth grade travelled to Cockburn for their two-day game and initially struggled with the ball as their opponents reached 106 runs before losing a wicket.

Good bowling from Mark Urbas (2-36) and youngster Curtis Holmes (5-45) helped trigger a mini collapse before Cockburn fought back to reach 223 all out.

In response, the Lions crumbled late in the day, falling to 3-24 at stumps.

Thornlie’s 1A team faired better, batting first against Safety Bay and finishing on a commendable 250.

Dan Solari’s 87, which included nine sixes and six fours, and Jack Horner’s 50 set up the large total, before the bowlers ripped through Safety Bay’s batsmen to dismiss them for 149.

In his 300th game, Paul Ledingham finished with 3-41 as the pick of the bowlers.

The 1D side fell to a strong South Bertram Districts side in their one day clash, with Scott Cooper’s 37 the high point of their 158 runs.

They regrouped well and looked to have the upper hand when they reduced Bertram to 5-56, but they struggled to break down their middle and lower order as their opponents eventually cruised to 219 in reply.

Thornlie’s 1F side rounded off the day with a comprehensive win, claiming victory over Phoenix.

They held their opponents to 7-99 in their 35 overs, with Hayden Maher (2-19) the Lions’ best bowler.

In response, Mike Irwin (34) and Calvin Ridley (30) steered Thornlie to 126, enough for victory.

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