CRICKET: Patel the man as Australs Green wins again
RIGHT place, right time.
After Tinana decided to bat in their Fraser Coast Cricket match on Saturday, Australs Green did everything they could to ensure it was remembered as a poor decision.
Australs appeared to be perfect in the field, but if the bowling was tighter they could have restricted Tinana to less than the 68 they dismissed the home side for.
One player to produce perfect moments was Australs' Jig Patel.
Patel has played in each of Australs Green's seven games this season, and in each was one of the premier performers on the field.
He bowled his full allotment of eight overs against Tinana, and finished with the superb figures of 4-26.
His haul took his season total to 15 wickets at an average of 10.27.
The economical bowler (3.55 runs per over) also boasts a strike rate of 17.47.
Tony Beckton improved his average to 9.75 as he finished with 3-16 from seven overs.
While happy to restrict Tinana to 68, Australs' bowlers were responsible for 14 wides and will focus on tightening their lines ahead of next week's clash with Cavaliers Gold.
The chase lasted only 11.5 overs.
Luke Caulley was the only wicket to fall (0) as Chris Strochnetter (25) and Alex Bellingham (25) fired Australs Green to a nine-wicket victory.
Australs Green maintained second place on the Fraser Coast Cricket table, behind powerhouse Past Grammars, who secured their eighth win of the year.
Past Grammars defeated Cavaliers Gold by 57 runs (details inside).
Tinana, who are sixth on the table, will play Cavaliers Black (ninth) next week as they seek to return to the winner's circle.
Cavaliers Black and Mary River Mullets had the bye.
Scorecards on page 27.