Ladmore gives it to Broulee as Bay Tigers Black go top

GAVIN Ladmore’s maiden century helped Bay Tigers Black to demolish Broulee with a 155-run victory at the Surfside fields.

The result, coupled with Dalmeny-Narooma’s win over neighbours Bodalla, meant the Tigers also reclaimed top spot on the ladder heading into the Christmas break.

Tigers’ captain Gavin Smart won the toss and elected to bat, sending in openers Paul Gallen and Ladmore who went straight on the attack. 

But the initial onslaught didn’t last long as Mick Lancaster made Broulee’s first breakthrough in the eighth over when Gallen was clean bowled on nine.

Gavin Smart was then run out in the next over for one to have the Tigers in a slight spot of bother on 2/66.

Dan Smith joined Ladmore in the middle and shortly after the opener brought up his 50 before continuing to tear apart Broulee’s bowling. 

Ladmore notched up his maiden century in the 17th over, hitting five sixes and 11 fours on his way to 116. 

He was eventually caught by Damien Scholtz on the boundary off young spin bowler Sam Bennett, which took the Tigers’ score to 3/145.

The game was then reduced to 32 overs each when rain held up play for around half an hour.

When play resumed, Andy Malcolm kept the runs flowing but became Sam Bennett’s second victim when he hit one straight to a Broulee fielder on 17.

Smith put on 15 runs before Tom Bennett (1/52) rattled his stumps to claim his only wicket of the match.

Lachlan Paterson (five not out) partnered Mick Smart in the final overs with Smart (29 not out) sending Lancaster (1/52) for consecutive sixes to help the Tigers finish their innings on 5/217

With the required run rate sitting at nearly seven runs per over, Broulee’s Tom Bennett and Jeremy Wales set out to chase down the target but Wales had his off stump removed by Malcolm for on six.

Aaron Bennett, who scored a century against the Tigers in their first encounter this season, then made his way to the crease but there wasn’t going to be a repeat ton after he edged a Brad Hancock delivery to keeper Paul Gallen for 10.

Sam Bennett was Hancock’s (2/16) second scalp soon after when, on three, he got a thick edge which was spectacularly caught by a diving Ladmore at third slip.

A bowling change brought the Tigers’ new leg spinner Dave O’Toole into the attack and with his third delivery had the last of the Bennetts, Tom, on his way leg before wicket for 16.

Luke Condon also had the same result with his first over when Bailey Scholtz gave Gallen another catch behind the stumps.

Adam Tilyard put 13 runs on the board before he skied one to Gav Smart off Condon’s bowling.

The young pace bowler then had figures of 3/6 when he cleaned bowled Lancaster for seven.

O’Toole then ripped through Broulee’s tail when he had Aaron Bennett, Scholtz and Michael Templeman all stumped for ducks by Gallen in a single over – O’Toole finished with debut figures of 4/15.

That rampaging over had Broulee all out for 62.

Elsewhere, Tigers Gold 6/74 defeated Moruya 73, while Dalmeny-Narooma did Tigers Black a big favour by downing rivals Bodalla in the southern derby.

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