Rain puts end to outright hopes

WEATHER put a stop to Macquarie Hotel’s outright quest over Camden Haven in Hastings River District Cricket Association action on Saturday, but there was action on the field in the other games.

The other two matches  – Port Panthers Pirates versus Wauchope RSL and Comboyne versus Port City Leagues Magpies – ended up with first-innings victories to Pirates and Comboyne.

Pirates declared on 152 in their first innings, after rolling Wauchope for 54 last week.

Wauchope batted for the rest of the day to make 7-175 befre stumps.

Pirates captain Paul Stait said the opposition batted “patiently”.

“It took them all day to score 175,” he said.

“They might have been trying to get some batting practice.”

Earlier, Ryan McMahon scored 72 and Matt Rankin 21 for Pirates as they threw the bat at the Wauchope attack.

Stait said fast runs was the plan.

“They tried to score as quickly as possible,” he said.

After he made the declaration, Stait gave himself a bowl to return figures of 2-28 from seven overs.”

Rod Morton bowled well in the slippery conditions to claim 3-36 from nine.

“He bowled leg spin with a wet ball,” Stait said.

Over at Andrews Park, Comboyne captain Andrew Glover was happy with his bowlers, as they dismissed the Magpies for 153.

Comboyne had scored 198 in its innings.

Then spinner Bill Newell claimed five wickets when it was Comboyne’s turn to bowl.

“It was good. We were down a couple of bowlers,” Glover said.

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