B Grade Results and Fixtures
Round 12 - Churchill @ george cain oval
CATS 7/123 drew Churchill 6/93
Marty Anthofer 39*
Luke Bence 2/8 (4)
Michael Chapman 2/9 (6)
Round 8 - Toongabbie @ TOONGABBIE REC. RESERVE
CATS first game back after the Christmas break in B Grade saw a trip to Churchill for the second time in a month. Looking to avenge their 32 run loss from earlier in the season CATS started well by winning toss and electing to bat first on a hard track which had enough grass to keep both sides interested. Churchill's talented seam line up bowled well, with runs hard to come by early. The first 20 overs passed by uneventfully, with wickets falling for a steady but slow stream of runs. In the 31st over of the match with the scores at 5/78 the first of the day's rain interruptions hit. This spell caused the match to be shortened to 41 overs down from the usual 45. A good partnership between skipper Marty Anthofer (39*) and Bill Miller (14*) after the resumption of play helped to push CATS score to 7/123.
CATS defense of their total couldn't have started any better with Michael Chapman (2/9 off 6) knocking back the off stump twice within the first 5 overs. Young seamers Colby Schmidt (1/24 off 7.5) and Chase Wilkerson (1/18 off 18) both bowled with excellent control and looked to create opportunites to get into the Churchill middle order. The introduction of Luke Bence (28 off 4) after the drinks break broke the building Churchill partnership and sent a shiver through the Cobra's dressing room when he got another wicket the very next ball. With the score at 6/78 at this point the game was well and truly in the balance. Unfortuantely, a few overs later, with the score at 6/93 the rain set in and play was abandoned at 6:15pm with the sides settling for a draw.
MAN OF THE MATCH: MARTY ANTHOFER 39*
CATS next B Grade fixture will be against Yinnar @ John Black Oval on Saturday 3rd February.
The full draw for the B Grade 2017/18 Season can be found here.
After Round 12, CATS sit 3rd on the TDCA B Grade Ladder.
The full ladder for the B Grade 2017/18 Season can be found here.