TUROSS Head continued its steady climb up the Eurobodalla Cricket table on Saturday with a comfortable three-wicket victory over Broulee.
Matt Sethi returned to form for Tuross with a fine innings of 35 not out, as Boyd Brennan’s side chased down Broulee’s total of 123 for the loss of just four wickets.
Batting first in the hot and windy conditions, Broulee posted a respectable innings total of 7/123.
Aaron Bennett was the standout performer with a brilliant knock of 55 that included several fine strokes and a resolute defence.
However, Bennett largely went without support from his teammates as Jeremy Wales was the next best scorer with 13.
David Scholtz put on a couple of big hits late on to finish the innings unbeaten on 11 but there was always a sense that 123 was not going to be enough against a Tuross Head side that has improved with each week.
Spin bowler Barry Jones produced the best figures for Tuross Head with 2/23, while “Mr Reliable” Les Roberts-Thompson (2/24) wasn’t far behind.
Impressive youngster Niles Brigden (1/12) and Brae Kelly (1/15) also picked up wickets.
In response, Tuross Head rarely looked to be under serious threat as Sethi and Kelly (35) took control of the match.
Nathan Carruthers then completed the win in style with some powerful stroke play as Tuross Head walked off the ground victorious with the scoreboard showing 4/125.
New recruit Anthony Hartshorn had a bright match and showed that he has the potential to be a real asset for Brennan’s side.
Scholtz (2/12) bowled well at the death for Broulee after Michael Lancaster was unlucky not to pick up more than one wicket.
Man of the match Bennett (1/31) produced a tidy spell of bowling for Broulee but there was simply no stopping Tuross Head.
Brennan said his players would head into this weekend’s local derby against Bodalla full of confidence.
Meanwhile at Dalmeny Oval, Bay Tigers Gold went down to Dalmeny-Narooma by two wickets.
Mark Boyles and Murrey Cooper top-scored with 18 each in Gold’s innings of 115.
Matt Ryan (3/28) and Jake Cooper (3/21) did their best to with the ball to halt Dalmeny, but the home side marched on to victory.
The only sour note for Dalmeny-Narooma came when skipper Matt Corbett fractured his eye socket when he was struck on the face by a Cooper delivery.
That wasn’t enough to stop Corbett from posting 29 not out, while Mick Stonehouse top-scored with 31.