Sunday, February 19th, 2023


🇦🇺 Henry Cullen – Plenty Valley CC, Australia

Henry Cullen hit a magnificent 162 for Plenty Valley on the opening day of the two-day Victoria Cricket Association fixture with home side Malvern.

The wicketkeeper-batter returned to the prolific form he showed during the first half of the season.

He hit one six and 22 fours in his 221-ball innings after coming to the wicket at 18-1.

Cullen added 150 for the sixth wicket with Yashen Sharma (59) as Plenty Valley recovered from 124-5 to reach 282-9 off 80 overs by the close.

It means Cullen has now scored nearly 700 runs in VCA cricket this winter. The game will be concluded next weekend.

🇦🇺Ben Gibbon – Willetton CC, Australia

Ben Gibbon picked up one wicket as his side Willetton established control on the opening day against Claremont-Nedlands in the Western Australia Cricket Association first grade competition.

The left armer dismissed number four batter, Nicholas Hobson, for 17 and finished with figures of 8-2-15-1.

Zach Ferris (12.2-4-39-5) was largely responsible for bowling out Claremont-Nedlands for 115 in 39.2 overs.

Willeton reached 104-3 from 48 overs by the close and will be looking to press home their advantage on day two next Saturday.

🇦🇺Taylor Cornall & Dillon Pennington – Adelaide CC, Australia

Taylor Cornall and Dillon Pennington were part of the Adelaide side, which earned a draw from their South Australia Cricket Association first grade meeting with Port Adelaide.

Cornall was dismissed for two early on the second day, and then Pennington made 19 as Adelaide were bowled out for 173 in 67.3 overs in reply to their opponents 328-7 declared.

Adelaide followed on 155 in arrears, and Cornall fell for nine in the second innings, with Pennington not required to bat as their side closed on 87-3.

🇦🇺Adam Finch – Sturt CC, Australia

Adam Finch had to be content with being a spectator on day two as Sturt battled it out for a draw against Adelaide University in the SACA first grade competition.

Twenty two wickets had fallen on the opening day, three of them to Finch, who also scored 20 not out in his side’s first innings.

He had been dismissed for nought late in the day when sent in as a nightwatchman, and Sturt faced an uphill task when they resumed on 9-2 in their second innings.

Defeat looked to be looming when they slumped to 90-6, but an unbroken 109 stand between Mark Solway (86 not out) and Carl Arnold (33 not out) kept their opponents at bay.

🇿🇦 Pat Brown – St. Augustine CC, South Africa

Pat Brown picked up two wickets and hit a half-century, but his fine efforts proved in vain for St. Augustine, who went down by nine runs in a Western Province B Division encounter against Hottentots Holland.

The pace bowler made the first breakthrough with the ball during an opening spell of 6-0-15-1 as Hottentots were bowled out for 151 in 43.2 overs after choosing to bat.

Brown returned to claim another scalp and ended with figures of 9-0-28-2.

St. Augustine were then struggling at 53-6 when Brown came to the wicket, but he revived their hopes by making 54.

He struck six balls in his 87-ball knock before he was last out – stumped – with three balls remaining with the total on 142.

🇿🇦Gareth Roderick – Green Point CC, South Africa

Gareth Roderick skippered Green Point to a 40-run win over Cape Town in a Western Province Premier Division fixture.

Roderick won the toss and, batting at number three, scored 15 off 36 balls, but opener Zac Elkin dominated the innings.

He scored an unbeaten 129 out of 206-8 in 50 overs, and then Guy Sheena (8-0-43-5) helped bring about a Cape Town collapse from 90-1 to 166 all out in 31.3 overs.