Goulburn district grade cricket

DEFENSIVE: Brad Webster plays a defensive shot for Hibo Gold as they chase the Southern Railway's run count. Photo: Darryl Fernance

DEFENSIVE: Brad Webster plays a defensive shot for Hibo Gold as they chase the Southern Railway's run count. Photo: Darryl Fernance

The volunteer grounds curators worked extra hard to prepare the Trinity number five wicket and the junior and seniors on Seiffert Oval into a playable state after the vandalism of the past two weeks.

 In all cases the repair work held up to the games on Saturday.

In the match played on the repaired Trinity  number five pitch on Saturday November 5, Southern Railway won the toss and elected to bat.

They batted steadily until Jack Goodwin was brilliantly caught by a diving Matt Scott at mid on, off Trevor Gibson's bowling and Southern Railway had one wicket for  nine runs.

This quickly became two wickets for 13,  when Brad Smith had Blake Langlands, well caught by keeper Nathan Stewart.

Gibson struck again removing Clay Woodberry and Lachlan Tozer to have Southern Railway struggling at four down for just 15 runs.

Roy Taylor was batting well and found an ally in Liam Jones for a time to reach five for 23 when Smith removed Jones caught by Stewart for six. Smith then sent back Jake Backhouse brilliantly caught at long on by a leaping Tom Pender and the score now six for 25.

Cohen Stephenson then joined Taylor and these two added very handy runs before James Kent caught him off Matt Scott for seven and Southern Railway were now seven wickets down for 47 runs.

Taylor was dismissed caught by Tom Pender off James Kent for a well made and defiant 24 and Southern Railway  8/67 Scott and Kent wrapped up the Southern Railway innings for 71.

All the Hibo Gold bowlers put in a solid team effort with Smith claiming three wickets for 19 runs off his nine overs. Gibson returned three wickets for 17 runs, off his seven overs.  Scott took two wickets for 19 runs and Kent two for 10 sharing the wickets around. The Hibo fielding is to be commended with some excellent catching, which greatly assisted the bowlers with Tom Pender outstanding.

The Hibo run chase began steadily until Brad Webster was well caught by Nicholas Patton off Cohen Stephenson for 12 and Hibo Gold was one down for 13 runs.

Their wickets fell steadily with accurate bowling from Stephenson who ended with four wickets for 36 as Hibo reached the target at four wickets for 72 runs with Tom Pender scoring a neat 21 and Ben Staples finishing 23 not out.

Stephenson bowled really well for Southern Railway taking four wickets for 36 runs in eight overs. He had great support from Jake Backhouse who bowled five overs at the loss of just seven runs. But, Hibo Gold ran out comfortable winners, in what has been a stop start to the season.

ACCURATE BOWLING: Southern Railway's Cohen Stephenson would go on to claim four Hibo Gold wickets for 36 runs in eight overs. Photo: Darryl Fernance

ACCURATE BOWLING: Southern Railway's Cohen Stephenson would go on to claim four Hibo Gold wickets for 36 runs in eight overs. Photo: Darryl Fernance