Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Leach Ends Spell Down Under As Northies Have To Settle For Share Of Spoils

Joe Leach's successful spell with North Canberra Gungahlin came to an end with his side having to settle for a draw in the Australian Capital Trophy first grade clash away to Weston Creek Molonglo.

The Worcestershire all-rounder helped the Northies win their first trophy for 10 years in the Konica Minolta T20 Regional Cup and also reach the semi-finals of the RSM Bird Cameron Gallop Cup.

Leach made telling contributions with bat and ball throughout his five month stay but he and his team-mates were frustrated by Weston Creek opener JR Dean today.

North Canberra extended their first innings total from the first day's 267-6 to 344-9 from 97 overs before declaring.

Leach made an early breakthrough in dismissing opener K Jacob (2) and Weston Creek were in deep trouble at 14-3.

But Dean played a superb knock of 145 not out and Weston Creek were able to recover and close on 218-5.

Leach finished with figures of 1-53 from 12 overs and will now head home to New Road to prepare for the county's pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.

His county team-mate Joe Clarke is also in the middle of his final game for South Perth with the action against home side Bayswater-Morley spread over today and tomorrow (Sunday).

Clarke, batting at number three, was dismissed for 12 to leave South Perth on 26-3 in the Western Australian Cricket Association 'A' grade encounter.

But they recovered to reach 238 all out in 84.2 overs thanks to half centuries from H Brown (64) and M Hood (59) and a last wicket stand of 49.

Bayswater reached 11-1 off four overs by the close.

Clarke has also enjoyed a successful time Down Under with one hundred and six half centuries as well as impressing behind the stumps.