HUNTERS HILL Pirates survived the heatwave conditions to down Yaralla in a City & Suburban cricket fixture at Goddard Park Concord last weekend.
Both clubs always produce a close contest and this was again the case for the latest clash.
With the match reduced to 28 overs each due to the scorching heat, the Hillies elected to bat first and compiled 41 runs before the first wicket fell.
With solid batting from the top order, the Pirates racked up a tally of 183 for the loss of only seven wickets.
Team captain Andrew Hobden (29) combined with fellow opener Ashley Emanuel (27) in a productive start and new man Arron Williams continued his good form with a fine knock of 53 – his highest ever score for the Pirates.
Alex Miller hit 42 including a one over binge of four boundaries. Cameos were also put in by Rodney Bourgonjen (11) and Manish “Mandy” Misra (10).
In reply, Yaralla piled on 31 runs before losing their first wicket but Misra with the new ball persisted and took 2-10 of his six overs. Miller at the other end on the change after ÔWoodsieÕ grabbed a wicket off his first ball and ended up with figures of 2-24.
Bryce Williams (Arron’s dad) came on with spin and following Alex’s lead took a wicket first ball to leave the Yaralla team reeling at 5-54. Some keen PiratesÕ fielding resulted in a couple of run outs, just to keep the opposition from gaining any momentum.
It was left to Andy Ball and Roy Maggio to seal victory for Hunters Hill with a wicket a piece – the final wicket falling on the last ball to dismiss Yaralla for 142.