Orchard’s 98 not enough

Trevor Matheson opened the batting for Charlton in their victory over Lincoln South.
Trevor Matheson opened the batting for Charlton in their victory over Lincoln South.

Port Lincoln cricket

B grade 

Lincoln South 10/137 lost to Charlton 1/144

WITH both clubs scratching for numbers leading into this match, the teams took the field at Dorward Oval with Souths to bat first after winning the toss.

Souths opened with John Roberts and Filippo Fiore. 

The pair looked to hit the ball from the outset, however, opening bowler Gabe Cox had other ideas, removing Fiore in the first over for two and striking again in his third over, accounting for Aaron Raleigh, also for two.

The two quick wickets brought the old stager Stephen Orchard to the wicket.

Orchard looked to add some stability to the innings with a cool head and some smart batting.

The wickets continued to tumble around Orchard with pressure on the veteran to score runs from his end. 

Souths limped into the drinks break at 5/72.

Orchard welcomed this challenge with open arms, letting his experience and bat do the talking.

Some smart batting by Orchard saw the score continue to creep along with the wickets falling from the other end.

Souths limped into the drinks break at 5/72.

Orchard looked to increase the scoring after drinks, hitting the boundary regularly, with the batsman taking a liking to the bowling of Nick Wright.

The pairing of Orchard and Bradley Bockman added 43 for the sixth wicket before the Charlton skipper Andy Wilsdon removed Bockman for a fighting five.

The wicket did not stop Orchard from scoring at will and Craig Binder offered some support and resistance, the pair adding another 41 valuable runs before Binder was trapped in front by Trevor Matheson for a hard fought six.

The scoring then slowed down with the bowling tightening up again and ending the innings in the 38th over with the wicket of Orchard for a very well made 98.

Souths ended their stay at the crease for 137.

Best of the bowlers was Gabe Cox, nine overs, two maidens, 4/22.

Charlton set about chasing down the total with the in-form Trevor Matheson and Andy Wilsdon to open the batting.

South opened the bowling with Tristan Binder and new skipper Aaron Dunchue. 

The bowlers were unable to hold the scoring back with the Charlton batsmen doing a good job to rotate the strike and hit the boundary frequently.

Dunchue struck in the sixth over removing the dangerous Matheson for 17 with the score on 32, which allowed Liam Knight to put his mark on the game.

The partnership of Wilsdon and Knight grew at a steady rate, the pair keeping the scoreboard ticking over continuously.

Charlton making it to drinks at 1/114 after 23 overs, needing a further 24 for victory.

The win did not take long, the partnership rolling past 100 as the pair of Knight and Wilsdon saw their team across the line in the 26th over, to finish on 58 not out and 44 not out respectively.

Charlton ended the game at 1/144. Best of the bowlers was Aaron Dunchue, six overs, 1/37 and Tristan Binder nine overs, one maiden, 0/34.