Unbelieveable weekend of B-grade cricket

By Tyler Maher

The Clyde Young Shield B-grade clash between Katandra and Northerners produced an extraordinary scorecard across the weekend.

Momentum in the Saturday-Sunday Cricket Shepparton fixture swung wildly between the two sides, with the Eagles eventually taking victory, despite being bowled out for 51 in the first innings.

Tim Brett’s 6-11 for the Jets reduced Katandra to the low total before his 14 with the bat had his side at 1-19 in the chase.

From there though Northerners lost 9-9 to be all out for 28 in 14 overs as Elliot Richardson (5-17) and Andrew Nicholls (5-9) pulled off a miraculous win for the home side at Katandra Recreation Reserve.

English import Richardson — playing his first game for the Eagles since January last year — ensured his side’s first dig would not be repeated, smashing 64 out of 162 to open the door for an outright win.

But despite young Talon Wilson (3-0 from three overs) producing an epic spell of his own with the ball, the Jets were able to hold on and finish the clash at 6-105.

Even more impressive at the weekend was the work of Undera opener Paul Wickham.

Wickham slashed the ball to the boundary 17 times — and over it nine — during a historic innings of 194 against Old Students.

The mark is the highest recorded score on My Cricket in Cricket Shepparton’s B-grade competition, beating Travis Vanderwey’s 186 for Northerners in the 2008-09 season.

Naturally the Lions compiled an imposing 9-341 on the back of Wickham’s knock, but the superstar then managed to take 3-0 from just 1.4 overs to help have the Students all out for 99.

Central Park-St Brendan’s managed to snare an outright win against Waaia, dismissing the Bombers for 60 and 63 in each innings respectively.

In between those digs the Tigers peeled off 5-177 thanks to all of their top six batsmen finding starts at the crease, with Jimmy Boyer (48 not out) leading the way.

Boyer had earlier snared 4-13 with the ball to help start the rout, while Charlie Boyer (5-26) finished the job in the second innings.

Numurkah just snuck past Shepparton United in a top-of-the-table blockbuster, making 9-145 in reply to United’s 140 all-out.

Lee Menhenett (45) led the way with the bat for United, but Myles Martin (4-34) and Andrew Cline (4-22) were simply outstanding with ball in hand for the Blues.

Ethan McLaren (4-43) battled hard with the ball for United, but the Blues managed to eke out victory in a tight affair.

Other victors for the round included Kyabram and Karramomus.