Emmaville have started the new cricket season the way they finished the last one with a convincing win over the Railway Tavern.
Last Saturday's game between Emmaville and Tavern started off as a mirror image of last seasons Grand Final with Emmaville batting first and openers Andrew Symons and Andrew Hodgson getting a solid start.
Symons batted impressively top scoring with 63 runs for Emmaville.
Tavern captain Nigel Sharman said Emmaville were in command on 1-90 in the 14th over with his team given many opportunities to take early wickets.
“We had a number of dropped catches that didn't help us and probably made the difference between winning and losing the match,” he said.
“Luke Hodgson scored 46 and he was assisted by Jack Symons who scored a very well put together 45.
“Emmaville’s Tyler Johnson played solid cricket with 25 runs and we assisted their score by giving away far too many sundries.”
Emmaville managed to bat out their 40 overs with a total of 7-260.
Sharman said his team showed some positive signs that they can work on this summer.
Brenton Antaw bowled well with 2-38 and Brendan Smith also chipped in with 2-42, they managed to do some good work,” he said.
“Tavern got off to a good start in our innings before the first wicket of Preston Parkes (14) fell in the 12th over but when fellow opener Ritesh Shekhawat (27) got out in the same over things started to look a bit shaky for us.
“We managed to compile steady runs but our run rate was a bit too slow.”
Sharman said Tavern looked good when the middle order came into bat.
“It wasn't until our middle order batsmen Charlie McShane came in and hit a quick fire 48 that we looked good with the bat,” he said.
“Young new comer Rakesh, who was making his debut for Tavern also looked good and he scored a nice knock of 46.
“Our tale-enders made a few more runs but we were bowled out and couldn't reach the total, but scored a respectable 200 runs with only two overs remaining of our 40 overs.”
Mr Sharman said Emmaville bowled well with Jack Symons 4-39, Anthony Barrett 3-23 and young Tyler Johnson bowling tight with 2-42.
“Like last seasons Grand Final the game didn't finish till after 6 o'clock as both teams put up impressive scores,” he said.
“Emmaville took the winning points along with two bonus points for scoring over 200 runs and bowling out the opposition within the 40 overs and Tavern collected one point along with a bonus point for scoring 200 runs in the innings.
“With these type of high scoring games and some quality cricket being played, Glen Innes should be in for some great games this season.”