THERE were some high scores and some low scores as Port Macquarie cricketers hit out for the first round of twenty20 action on Saturday.
Some teams adapted to the shorter format of the game well, while others struggled in the first round, but with six more matches remaining until the Australia Day finals, there’s plenty of time to iron out the creases.
Macquarie batsman Luke Findlay fell just short of the revered 20-over century in his team’s win over Camden Haven on Saturday.
Findlay hit five fours and three sixes on his way to 95 not out as his team lost just the one wicket on its way to 214 from its 20 overs at Wayne Richards Park.
Sam Carlon scored 74 and Shayne Redden 15 not out.
Macquarie restricted Camden Haven to 9-106 in reply.
Benn Dunn scored 44 and Daniel Minns 22.
Sam Ward was the pick of Macquarie’s bowlers. He took 3-27 from four overs.
Port Panthers Pirates needed just 80 for victory over Wauchope RSL, t Andrews Park, but their opponents would have had a glimmer of hope at 4-32.
Rod Morton (18), Rob McColl (21 not out) and Shane Williams (8 not out) steadied the Pirate ship and got the win.
Earlier, Nick Bartlett was the pick of the Pirates’ bowlers, taking 4-13.
Captain Paul Stait took 3-3 from three overs.
Williams and Steve Lacey also picked up wickets.
Port City Leagues Magpies were the other winners on the day.
The Magpies scored 205. Comboyne rallied, but could only manage 8-162 at Oxley Oval.
Comboyne captain Andrew Glover said the match was a real “eye-opener” for his team.
“I think we’ve learnt a lot,” he said.
“We’re always learning. We’re a new team and a new club.”
Comboyne hopes to put what it’s learnt into practice for Wednesday’s night match against Wauchope RSL.
Glover was yet to confirm the make-up of the team.
“I don’t really know as yet,” he said.