THE Eurobodalla’s senior representative cricket side came crashing back to earth with a thud on Sunday after a big defeat at the hands of Albion Park Rail.
Confidence was high within the Eurobodalla squad after two strong performances to start the NSW Country Plate campaign but any hopes of progressing further into the competition were halted by a “powerful” Albion Park Rail side at Kyla Oval.
Not even a thrilling hat-trick from Broulee’s Michael Lancaster could halt the visitors from
the South Coast District as they passed Eurobodalla’s total of 67 for the loss of just six wickets.
After posting a half-century for club side Broulee on Saturday, Jeremy Wales again top-scored but this time with just 18 as the Eurobodalla’s top order was torn apart.
Batemans Bay Tigers duo Gavin Smart (12) and Gavin Ladmore (11) were the only Eurobodalla batsmen to keep the scorers somewhat busy.
The Eurobodalla’s bowling display was much better than its effort with the bat and Lancaster became the second shire player this season to record a hat-trick en route to final figures of 4/14.
Tom Bennett was the only other Eurobodalla wicket taker as the young pace bowler finished with 2/17.
“The batting line up was unable to post a big enough score to worry Albion Park,” spokesman Boyd Brennan said.
“Plenty of the boys got starts but they were not able to blunt the powerful Albion Park Rail attack.”
Meanwhile, the Eurobodalla’s senior club competition resumes for round five action tomorrow.
This weekend’s draw:
Tigers Gold (B) v Tuross Head at Batemans Bay.
Dalmeny-Narooma v Broulee at Dalmeny Oval.
Moruya v Tigers Black (A) at Gundary Oval.
Bodalla has the bye.